By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Northridge, Ca. – Before the start of the Cal State Northridge women's water polo season, one of the team's goals was to earn a berth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The moment has arrived. To the winner of the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament (April 25- 27, 2014) is an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament (May 9-11 at USC).
Cal State Northridge (22-8, 3-2 BWC), seeded second in the tournament, will begin its quest for the league tournament title with a semifinal match on Saturday, April 26, at 3:15 pm at Long Beach State.
There will be live video streaming. All matches are free of charge. Go to bigwest.org for more information.
This is the sixth year for the Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Tournament. UC Irvine is the four-time tournament champion. Last year, the Anteaters were seeded #1, but lost in the championship match to #2 seed Hawai'i, 5-4, in the second overtime. The Rainbow Wahine captured their first ever Big West Tournament title in their debut season (2013) in the Big West.
In 2010, Cal State Northridge, seeded #2, played in the championship game but dropped a 12-11 verdict to fourth-seeded UC Irvine.
The Matadors are 5-7 in tournament play.
The Top-2 seeds at the 2014 tournament received first round byes into the semifinals that will be held on April 26. Second-seed Cal State Northridge (22-8 overall, 3-2 BWC) will face the winner of the match between third-seeded Hawai'i (17-9 overall, 3-2 BWC) and sixth-seed UC Davis (12-17 overall, 0-5 BWC) in a semifinal match on Saturday, April 27, at 3:15 pm. The Hawai'i vs UC Davis game will be played on Friday, April 25.
By virtue of its first place regular season conference finish (5-0), UC Irvine (22-7 overall) has gained the top-seed. The Anteaters will face the winner of the match between fourth-seed Long Beach State (18-10 overall, 2-3 BWC) and fifth-seed UC Santa Barbara (11-14 overall, 2-3 BWC) in a semifinal match on Saturday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. Long Beach State will play UC Santa Barbara on Friday, April 25 at 3:15 pm.
The championship game and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament will be Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 pm.
All six teams in the Big West Conference are nationally-ranked in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association poll. UC Irvine is ranked sixth followed by #8 Hawai'i, #10 Long Beach State, #11 Cal State Northridge, #13 UC Santa Barbara and #19 UC Davis.
The 2014 Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Tournament
Host: Long Beach State University
Friday, April 25
Match 1 – 1:30 pm: #4 Long Beach State (18-10 overall, 2-3 BWC) vs #5 UC Santa Barbara (11-14 overall, 2-3 BWC)
Match 2 – 3:15 pm: #3 Hawai'I (17-9 overall, 3-2 BWC) vs #6 UC Davis (12-17 overall, 0-5 BWC)
Saturday, April 26
Match 3 – 1:30 pm - #1 UC Irvine (22-7 overall, 5-0 BWC) vs Long Beach State or UC Santa Barbara
Match 4 – 3:15 pm - #2 Cal State Northridge (22-8 overall, 3-2 BWC) vs Hawai'i or UC Davis
Sunday, April 27
Match 5 – 10:30 am – Loser Match #1 vs Loser Match #2, Fifth Place
Match 6 – 12:15 pm – Loser Match #3 vs Loser Match #4, Third Place
Match 7 – 2:00 pm – Championship Match
Scoring Story …
Marisa Young (60 goals), Lindsy Duncan (49 goals), Jenny Jamison (46 goals) and Kelcie Ferreira (41 goals) continue to dominant the scoring arsenal for Cal State Northridge … This quartet has scored 196 of the team's 356 goals or 55 percent of the team's offense … Duncan, Young and Jamison are among the top six scorers in school history … Duncan has 209 career goals, second-best in school history and 13 short of the school record held by Allison Brookes (222 goals, 2005-08) … Young has 176 career goals, fifth-best in school history and only one goal short of catching Chari Christopher (177 goals, 2003-05) in fourth place in the Matador record book … Jamison has collected 167 career goals, sixth-best in school history … Kiernan Davis has collected 197 saves for an average of 7.69 saves per game.