February 23, 2011

SCU Water Polo Looks to Remain Among Conference Leaders

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo team will host four home games this weekend, including two league games, which will be part of the five-team Rodeo Tournament at the Sullivan Aquatic Center.

The Broncos will kick off the weekend by playing Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) foe Sonoma State Friday at 2 p.m.  There will be four games on Saturday, with SCU hosting another league game against Cal State Monterey Bay at 9:30 a.m. then taking on No. 19 Pacific at 4 p.m. The Broncos will close out their weekend by playing No. 16 Indiana Sunday at 10 a.m.

Santa Clara's Rodeo Tournament:

Friday, Feb. 25

Sonoma State @ Santa Clara 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26  

CSU Monterey Bay @ Santa Clara 9:30 a.m. 
#19 Pacific vs. #16 Indiana 10:45 a.m.
CSU Monterey Bay vs. #16 Indiana 2:45 p.m.
#19 Pacific vs. Santa Clara 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27

#16 Indiana @ Santa Clara 10 a.m.

Santa Clara faced three of the four weekend opponents earlier this season, defeating league rivals Cal State Monterey Bay, 13-8, in Monterey, and two weeks ago, knocking off Sonoma State, 7-5, in San Diego. The Broncos will try to avenge a lopsided non-conference loss to No. 19 Pacific, 16-4, they suffered back on Jan. 29.

"We're looking to see if we can improve from the last time we played these teams," said Santa Clara Head Coach Keith Wilbur, whose Broncos were listed just outside the national top 20 to begin the year. "In particular, Pacific got to us when we played them during the first weekend of competition, and we would like to give them a better game than last time."

Last season Santa Clara and then-No. 16 Indiana played a tight game, with the Hoosiers winning 13-9. Indiana, who competes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) Western Division, will be the Broncos first CWPA opponent of the year.

"We may play some of the teams in Northern California two or three times a year, so it is nice to mix it up with a team like Indiana," said Wilbur.  "They are also one of the best teams in the CWPA, so it will be a good challenge."

Maybe more important for SCU is the two games against WWPA opponents: Sonoma State and Cal State University Monterey Bay. The Broncos are currently 3-2 in league play and can remain among the conference leaders with a pair of wins.

Santa Clara University Rodeo Tournament
Dates:
Friday, Feb. 25, Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
Host: Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Field (5 teams): Santa Clara (4-8, 3-2 WWPA), Sonoma State (2-11; 0-3 WWPA), Cal State University Monterey Bay (5-7; 1-1 WWPA), No. 16 Indiana (2-7; 0-0 CWPA) No. 19 Pacific (7-4; 0-0 Big West)
Details/Site:
All games will be played at the Sullivan Aquatics Center on the Santa Clara Campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053.
Tickets:
(walk-up only) $8 adults, $5 youth/seniors, free admission for SCU students and faculty
Media Relations/SID Contact:
John Nash (jbnash@scu.edu)