STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 8 ranked women's water polo team head to the Bay Area this weekend for a four-match slate against China, No. 4 California, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 13 UC Davis at the Stanford Invite.
Following their season-opener at the Aggie Shootout last Saturday, the Orange and Black look to chip at the top portion of the rankings with a good opportunity against some top-tier talent.
No. 8 Pacific vs. China (Exhibition) | Saturday, Feb. 2nd | 9:00 AM PST
No. 8 Pacific vs. No. 4 Cal | Saturday, Feb. 2nd | 5:45 PM PST
No. 8 Pacific vs. No. 13 UC Davis | Sunday, Feb. 3rd | 9:40 AM PST
No. 8 Pacific vs. No. 8 Michigan | Sunday, Feb. 3rd | 1:45 PM PST
LAST TIME OUT:
- The Tigers kicked off the season last weekend with a 20-6 win over Fresno Pacific.
- Seven different Tigers recorded a goal in Saturday's affair, including four hat tricks from Truly Dorland, Viktoria Szmodics, Savannah Fitzgerald, and freshman Brianna Utas.
- Pacific dominated their offensive possessions during the match shooting .556 from the field and punching in five goals in each of their frames.
- The Orange and Black distributed the ball well committing just five turnovers while tallying 13 assists.
- Freshman attacker Brianna Utas registered her first-career hat trick during the final minute of the fourth period. First-year teammate Lucy Davis also notched in a pair of scores in her collegiate debut for the Tigers on Saturday.
- Senior attacker Viktoria Szmodics played a huge role in UOP's season-opener against Fresno Pacific.
- The Nagykanizsa, Hungary native filled up the stat sheet with four goals, three assists, two steals, and one drawn exclusion.
- Her seven points in total tied a career-high set during her freshman season.
- The senior captain also shoot a game-high, .800, off 4-5 from the field.
- The Tigers will have a key piece back in the lineup approaching the weekend as they welcome back junior attacker Mariana Duarte.
- Duarte missed Pacific's last contest against the Sunbirds competing in the UANA Cup in São Paolo, Brazil. Duarte represented her home country, Team Brazil, during the UANA Cup.
- Pacific will still be without other junior attacker and Golden Coast Conference MVP Kyra Christmas. Christmas also played in the UANA Cup for Team Canada. There, she led Canada to a gold medal over Cuba in the championship match and finish with Tournament MVP honors.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
- Pacific competes in another exhibition match against China to kick off the tournament. The two teams faced each other last Saturday in Davis. China would eventually take the match by a final score of 16-4.
- Pacific will square off against California for the first time since the 2017 season. The Tigers look to pick up their first victory against the Golden Bears.
- Pacific hope to avenge a 13-12 heartbreaker against UC Davis last year. The Tigers have won three out of their last five meetings with the Aggies, their last win coming at the Michigan Invite (12-8) in 2017.
- Pacific battles it out with Michigan for the No. 8 ranking this weekend. The Tigers have the slight edge in recent meetings, pulling out a victory in all three of their meetings against the Wolverines last season all of which were decided by three goals or fewer. UOP is currently 4-3 in contests against the Wolverines.