The top-ranked UCLA Men’s Water Polo team beat Pomona-Pitzer yesterday, 18-7, to advance to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Mountain Pacific Invitational. In doing so, the Bruins extended their winning streak to 45 games.
UCLA was led by senior, Joey Fuentes, who found the back of the net four times, a career high. Sophomore Austin Rone also chipped in three goals. Four Bruins had two goals.
All of the favorites prevailed in the tournament yesterday, which means that the eight teams remaining with a shot at the title are also the top eight teams in the country, according to the CWPA rankings.
Impressive. Most impressive.
UCLA (12-0) will try to extend its streak this morning at 8 a.m. PT against #8 Pepperdine. UCLA gave the Waves (8-1) their only defeat of the season last week, by a score of 9-3. Pepperdine will have revenge on its mind.
The winner of the contest between UCLA and Pepperdine will advance to the semi-finals to face the winner of the #5 Stanford v. #4 Pacific.
The semi-final game on UCLA's side of the bracket will take place this afternoon at 3 p.m. Stanford and Pacific will hit the pool immediately after the UCLA game, so if they win, the Bruins will have a bit more rest going into the afternoon semi-final.
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