Tigers Host Rival UC Davis In First-Ever Night Game
The Pacific men's water polo team welcomes long-time rival UC Davis to Kjeldsen Pool for the program's first-ever night game Friday, Oct. 5. The Tigers and Aggie are set to play at 7 p.m. under Pacific's brand new, state-of-the-art lights that were installed this past summer.
The Tigers lead the all-time series over UC Davis, 35-22, and are currently riding a three-game winning streak. The last time the two squared off, Pacific got a hat trick from junior Balazs Erdelyi and cruised to a 10-5 win. Junior goalkeeper Alex Malkis tallied 10 saves in the cage for the Tigers.
Pacific is fresh off of a sixth-place showing at last weekend's SoCal Tournament at UC Santa Barbara, the program's best finish at the tournament since 2006. The weekend was highlighted by the Tigers' overtime upset win over then-No. 4 California, 10-9, the first time Pacific has beaten the Golden Bears since 1999. Pacific fell to Stanford, 9-5, in the tournament's fifth-place match.
Malkis had a SoCal Tournament for the ages, blocking a combined 70 shots in the Tigers' four games. He set a career high with 18 saves in Pacific's win over California before besting that mark with 22 blocks versus Stanford. He currently leads the MPSF with 12.60 saves per game, and his 126 saves rank third in the league. Malkis has six double-digit save outings this season, including his last four appearances in the cage.Offensively, Pacific is leaning heavily on the duo of Erdelyi and sophomore Alex Obert, and the pair have been up to the task, combining to score more than half of the Tigers' goals. Erdelyi leads the conference with 3.33 goals per game and is one of just four players with at least 40 goals. Obert has racked up 26 goals on the year and is averaging 2.17 goals per game, good for 12th in the league.