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    Pacific Men's Water Polo: Tigers Travel to NorCal Tournament, Remain No. 7 in CWPA Poll

    Sep 15, 2010

    Following a week hiatus Pacific men's water polo team returns to action this weekend at the Northern California Tournament, hosted by California.

    With 16 teams participating in this year's NorCal Tournament, the two day event will be held at Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif., and Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Pleasant Hill, Calif. The Tigers open the tournament against No. 10 Long Beach State University (LBSU) at 9:20 a.m. at Diablo Valley College.

    The last time Pacific took to the pool against LBSU, the Tigers upset the 49ers, 9-8, to earn the No. 8 seed in the 2009 MPSF tournament. The Tigers trailed 8-6 entering the final quarter when Tom Koning(Poway, Calif.), Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calif.) and Lance Morrison (Fairfield, Calif.) scored uninterrupted goals to secure the win for Pacific.

    Depending on the outcome of the game against Long Beach, the Tigers will face off against No. 2 UCLA or No. 19 Air Force at 1:20 pm or 2:40 pm at DVC.

    Pacific in the News
    Sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) earned his first MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week award on Tuesday, Sept. 7 following Pacific's 4-0 showing at the Triton Invitational. During the tournament Tomasevic tallied 10 goals, one assist, one steal and eight exclusions drawn in four games. Tomasevic was also featured on ESPNU's Capital One Impact Performance of the Week, which highlights outstanding athletic achievements by student-athletes in sports other than football and college basketball.

    Head Coach James Graham also sat down with Trevor Freeman of NCAA.com, who writes weekly feature articles for the men's and women's water polo pages. Graham discussed his 2010 Tiger squad and what it takes for the Pacific to compete in the MPSF and for an NCAA at-large bid.

    Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10
    In the latest poll released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), Pacific's men's water polo team remained at No. 7 spot. Prior to this week's poll the Tigers jumped three spots to No. 7 in the Sept. 8 Poll, after defeating ranked opponents Loyola Marymount University, Air Force and UC San Diego at the Triton Invitational held Sept. 4-5.

    CWPA Top 20 Poll

    Rank

    Team

    Sept. 8 Poll

    Points

    1

    University of California

    1

    100

    2

    University of California, Los Angeles

    2

    95

    3

    University of Southern California

    4

    89

    4

    Stanford University

    3

    87

    5

    University of California, Irvine

    5

    79

    6

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    6

    77

    7

    University of the Pacific

    7

    69

    8

    Loyola Marymount University

    8

    67

    9

    Pepperdine University

    9

    59

    10

    Long Beach State Unviersity

    10

    56

    11

    University of California, San Diego

    11

    50

    12

    Concordia University (Calif.)

    12

    41

    13

    St. Francis College (N.Y.)

    16

    38

    14

    California Baptist University

    17

    34

    15

    University of California, Davis

    15

    29

    16

    United States Naval Academy

    14

    23

    17

    Princeton University

    18

    21

    18

    Santa Clara University

    13

    20

    19

    United States Air Force Academy

    19

    20

    20

    Bucknell University

    20

    9

    RV

    Brown University

    RV

    2

    RV

    University of Redlands

    RV

    1