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    Pacific Men's Water Polo: No. 10 Tigers Travel To UC San Diego's Triton Invitational

    Sep 3, 2010

    With the start of the 2010 season just hours away, head coach James Graham and Pacific's men's water polo team head down to San Diego, Calif., to face tough competition at UC San Diego's Triton Invitational. This year's tournament includes five teams: No. 6 Loyola Marymount, No. 10 Pacific, No. 11 UC San Diego, No. 19 Air Force and La Verne.

    Pacific will be put to the test in its first game of the tournament when the Tigers face No. 6 Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Last season Loyola won the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship as the No. 3 seed. The Tigers and Lions last met on Oct. 11, 2008, with LMU defeating Pacific 12-5 at the SoCal Tournament. In addition to facing WWPA Champions LMU, the Tigers will take on No. 11 UC San Diego who fell to LMU in the WWPA conference championship and No. 19 Air Force who defeated Pacific on a last minute goal during the 2009 season. Pacific's previous meeting La Verne resulted in a 19-9 victory for the Tigers to extend their wining streak to nine at the start of the 2009 season.

    Preseason Polls
    In the first national poll of the season released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), the Tigers were ranked No. 10 in the top-20 preseason rankings. Additionally the Tigers were tabbed to finish eighth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's (MPSF) preseason coaches poll. Last season the Tigers finished the year tied for seventh in the MPSF during the regular season and ended the year No. 13 in the CWPA national poll.

    UCSD Triton Invitational Schedule

    Date

    Opponent

    Time

    Sept. 4

    vs.

    No. 6 LMU

    10:45 a.m.

     

    vs.

    La Verne

    4 p.m.

    Sept. 5

    vs.

    No. 11 UC San Diego

    10:45 a.m.

     

    vs.

    No. 19 Air Force

    2:15 p.m.

    The Tigers begin the 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 against No. 6 LMU at 10:45 am at UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center. Pacific will then face La Verne at 4 pm.

    For more information on UC San Diego's Triton Invitational, head to the tournament homepage.