Pacific's Women's Water Polo Opens Big West Play At CSUN, UCSB
The No. 20 Pacific women's water polo team opens Big West play with a road trip to Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara this weekend. The Tigers will square off with the Matadors on Saturday before facing the Gauchos on Sunday. Both matches are set for 12 p.m. starts.
Pacific (15-7) split a pair of home contests to close out the nonconference portion of its schedule, falling to third-ranked Arizona State, 11-6, Sunday, March 17, before routing Harvard, 17-9, Tuesday, March 19. Sophomore Taylor Adair led the Tigers with five goals in the two games, including a team-high three scores against the Sun Devils. Junior Rebecca Wright set a new career high with four goals versus Harvard while junior Elise Martin and freshman Gracie Smith tallied hat tricks against the Crimson.
Junior goalkeeper Michele Relton tied her season high with 17 blocks against Harvard, just two off the school-record 19 blocks that she herself set last season against the Matadors. Relton is currently putting together one of the best seasons in school history between the pipes and needs to average just a little more than seven saves over the Tigers' final nine games to break the school's all-time mark of 315 that she set during her freshman year.
Cal State Northridge (19-8, 1-0 Big West) enters Saturday's game victorious in its last four outings. The Matadors defeated visiting UC Davis, 11-10, in their first league match of the season as Lindsy Nelson and Marisa Young each recorded hat tricks while Kiernan Davis made seven saves in four quarters of work.
UC Santa Barbara (16-7, 1-0 BWC) has won its last five games, including a perfect 3-0 showing at its own tournament last Sunday. The Gauchos edged UC Davis, 8-7, earlier this month behind three goals from Jessie Porter and a pair of scores from Kacey Creek. Ruth Milne, the conference's all-time saves leader, blocked six shots against the Aggies.