SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's water polo team kicks off a stretch of five in a row on the road when it travels to play crosstown rival San Jose State on Saturday.
The Broncos (10-10) face the Spartans (8-13) at noon at West Valley College.
Santa Clara is pushing through its two-week academic stretch, concluding testing on Friday.
"Finals week can be a difficult stretch during the middle of the season," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "As a team, we've talked about really focusing on water polo during our practice time and using that as a mental break from their studies."
The Broncos competed leading up to finals, defeating Concordia and falling to Cal State East Bay on Saturday. Wilbur discussed the importance of maintaining their competitive edge during the final week of the academic quarter.
"We've scheduled San Jose State right after finals because it is important to maintain that competitive edge from one weekend to the next at this point in the season," said Wilbur. "San Jose State is a strong team, ranked No. 19 in the country. It is a great opportunity to play good competition and get right back into game mode with a big conference game against Fresno State coming up later in the week."
Santa Clara will be on the road during spring break, playing Fresno State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Fresno Pacific on Thursday at noon.
• Lydia Dadd, Hailey Eberle, Maggie Oys, Hannah Buck and Annie Eldredge have started all 20 games this season. In addition, Maddy Gomes, Kelly Frumkin and Gabi Sicat have seen action in every contest.
• Buck leads the team in both goals (28) and kickouts drawn (40). She has two or more goals in six outings, including a career-high six against Cal State Monterey Bay (Jan. 27).
• Eberle is second on the team in goals (22) and first in both assists (24) and steals (21).
• Eldredge is tied for second on the team in assists with 21 and ranks third in goals (21). She has scored in all but four games this year, including a career-high tying three on Saturday vs. Cal State East Bay.
• Frumkin has played in all 20 games, including six starts. She is fourth on the team with 17 goals, including 10 in the last eight contests.
• Dadd has double digit blocks in seven games, including a career-high 20 against Sonoma State (Feb. 11).