STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific water polo team (9-8, 2-0) host two Golden Coast Conference matches this weekend against No. 25 California Baptist (13-12, 1-1) and No. 13 LMU (15-8, 2-1).
The No. 7 Tigers seek their first home win of the season as they welcome their two ranked opponents to Chris Kjeldsen Pool.
Match Day Info:
-No. 7 Pacific vs. No. 25 California Baptist | Friday, March 5th | 6:00 PM PST
-No. 7 Pacific vs. No. 13 LMU | Saturday, March 6th | 1:00 PM PST
-Location: Stockton, CA | Chris Kjelsen Pool
LAST TIME OUT:
- The Tigers split their matches last weekend against No. 3 UCLA and No. 24 Azusa Pacific.
- Pacific would fall to the Bruins at Spieker Aquatics Center, 10-7, and pull off a 12-5 victory against the Cougars for their first GCC win of the season.
- Kyra Christmas led the charge for the Orange and Black registering three goals against UCLA and a game-high six goals for UOP at APU. The reigning GCC Player of the Week totalled nine goals, two assists, and 11 points over the weekend.
SEE THE BEST, BEAT THE BEST:
- Pacific has not shyed away in the face of great competition this season. Of their 17 matches this year, 16 of them have been against ranked opponents.
- 11 of the Tigers' games this year have also been against opponents ranked in the CWPA national top-ten poll.
- Despite a 3-8 record against teams in the top-10, eight of those matches have been decided by at least four goals or fewer.
SPREAD THE WEALTH:
- The Tigers have showcased their ability to spread the wealth on offense as eight players have tallied at least 10 or more goals.
- Of their 180 goals this year, 116 of them have come off an assist. Viktoria Szmodics currently leads the team with 34 goals and 27 assists, fifth-best in the GCC.
- Pacific has also taken advantage of their chances on offense as seven players hold a .400 shooting percentage or above per at least 15 shot attempts. Senior Brinnley Barthels leads the group going 14-22 (.636) from the field.
- Three Tigers hold shooting streaks heading into the weekend: Kyra Christmas, Viktoria Szmodics, and Savannah Fitzgerald.
- Szmodics holds the longest streak of any Tiger with 10 straight matches. The senior from Nagykanizsa, Hungary has racked up 20 of her 34 goals on the year during her eight-match stretch.
- The Tigers' underclassmen continue to emerge in their roles for Orange and Black. As a group, the freshman four-some of Lucy Davis, Brianna Utas, Toula Falvey, and Ana Martinez do Amaral have combined for a total of 21 goals and eight assists this year. Utas currently leads the first-year group with 11 goals.
- Sophomore Savannah Fitzgerald has developed into an offensive threat in the Tigers' starting line this year accounting for 21 goals, fourth-best on the team, at the center position. The Clovis, Calif. native has also tallied 19 drawn exclusions and carries a .457 shot percentage heading into the weekend.
- Freshman Clara Vulpisi has taken over the goalie position smoothly in her first year with the Tigers.
- The goalie from Montreal, Canada has already eclipsed the 100 saves mark in 17 starts with UOP currently with 114.
- Out of her 17 appearances, Vulpisi recorded 12 matches with at least five saves holding a record of 7-5 when doing so.
- Vulpisi is coming off her second-best performance in the cage this season recording 12 saves for the Orange and Black in their win last Saturday against Azusa Pacific.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
- vs. No. 25 CBU (13-12, 1-1):
- The Lancers are coming off a weekend split at home taking a 9-7 victory against Brown and 14-4 loss to No. 17 UC San Diego.
- Kira O'Donell leads the team with 47 goals on the year, currently third-best in the conference.
- Lizette Perez (393) and Katie Fugit (33) also have racked up 30 or more goals this year.
- vs. No. 13 LMU (15-8, 2-1):
- The Lions are on a two-match winning streak pulling off two conference wins against No. 24 APU (11-8) and No. 15 Fresno State (11-7).
- Sophomore transfer Marialena Seletopoulou currently leads the conference with with 63 goals and 84 points. Hana Villanova (79) and Mollie Williams (71) also rank in the top five in the GCC in points scored.
- Sky Flores has also been a reliable player on defense for the Lions this year as the goalie has tallied 165 saves this season.
- LMU will play conference opponent Santa Clara on Friday, April 5th, prior to their match against UOP.