FRESNO, Calif. - The women's water polo team took it's first win in conference play against No. 13 Fresno State on Saturday afternoon. Pacific powered past the Bulldogs by a final score of 16-8.
The Tigers move to 8-7 on the year and kick off GCC play with a record of 1-0. Fresno State falls to 8-12 following the loss and a 0-1 record in conference.
Pacific vs. Fresno State - In Case You Missed It:
- The Bulldogs kept things close with Pacific through the majority of the first half as Pacific held on to a 7-5 edge at the break. The Tigers widened the margin in the third quarter, however, outscoring Fresno 5-3 in the period and put up 4-0 on the Bulldogs in the final frame to advance to the 16-8 victory.
- Kyra Christmas set a career-high with eight goals in the match. The Calgary, Alberta native would score five of her goals through the first two periods of play and finish with 10 points on the day.
- Viktoria Szmodics recorded her fourth hat trick of the season against the Bulldogs. The senior attacker finished with three goals, one assist, and one steal. That makes it eight straight matches that Szmodics has tallied a goal for her team.
- Mariana Duarte dished out a game-high three assists for the Orange and Black. This is the third time this season that the Sao Paolo, Brazil native has recorded three or more assists in a match.
- The Tigers shot 9-17 from the field in the second half and would limit the Bulldogs 3-12 shooting in the final two frames. The Tigers also forced seven Bulldog turnovers in the the third and fourth frames.
- Christmas' eight goals on Saturday would be the first time the junior attacker scored six or more goals since her freshman year. Christmas tallied six goals, her previous career-high, twice during her freshman season.
- Christmas also matches a career-high point total with 10 points against the Bulldogs. She previously set this mark this year tallying 10 points in the Tigers' second match of the year against Michigan (Feb. 23rd).
Up Next For the Tigers:
- Pacific heads down to southern California next weekend for two matches against No. 3 UCLA and No. 22 Azusa Pacific.
- The Bruins are currently 19-3 on the year winning three straight matches against No. 4 Cal, No. 8 Arizona State, and No. 22 Indiana.
- Azusa Pacific is 14-11 on the season taking two straight losses to No. 16 UC San Diego and No. 12 LMU.
- Pacific will play UCLA at 6:00 PM on Friday, March 29th, at Spieker Aquatics Center followed by a Saturday afternoon match at 11:00 AM against the Cougars at Citrus College Aquatics Center.