Aggie Shootout Awaits Women's Water Polo
The No. 20 Pacific women's water polo team will look to rebound from a tough outing last weekend with a pair of games at the Aggie Shootout Sunday, March 3, at UC Davis's Schaal Aquatics Center. The Tigers open play against Concordia at 10:15 a.m. before wrapping up their day versus Santa Clara at 3 p.m.
Pacific (8-6) went 1-3 at the UC Irvine Invitational last weekend, finishing 15th out of the 16-team field. The Tigers fell to then-No. 2 USC and then-No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on the first day of action, then lost to No. 17 UC San Diego before rebounding to defeat CSU Bakersfield on the invite's second day.
Sophomore Brydie Pye led the Tigers with six goals, including a season-high four scores against UC San Diego. Freshman Gracie Smith added five goals while junior Elise Martin moved closer to scoring her 100th career goals with three scores.
Junior goalkeeper Michele Relton continued her impressive play, blocking 54 shots in Pacific's four games. She went for a season-high 17 saves against CSU Bakersfield.
Concordia (7-7) saw its six-game winning streak snapped by USC back on Feb. 16, falling to the Trojans, 24-6. The Tigers defeated the Eagles in the first meeting between the two programs back in 2010.
Santa Clara (6-8) is currently riding a three-game winning streak, having defeated CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey Bay and Azusa Pacific in its last three outings. Julia Peters leads the Broncos with 23 goals on the year while Stephanie Clements has racked up 74 blocks in 13 games. The all-time series between Pacific and Santa Clara is even at 8-8, but the Tigers have the edge in neutral site matches, 5-4.