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UCLA Women’s Water Polo Starts NCAA Tournament Against Pacific Tigers

The Bruins look to advance to the NCAA semifinals when they face Pacific this afternoon.

While Adam Wright has led the men’s water polo team to a few NCAA titles, the women’s team has struggled against the top three seeds this season.
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Overall, UCLA had a good regular season. The Bruins only lost to three teams prior to today. But, it isn’t all rosy. That’s because those three teams are the ones potentially standing in between UCLA and a national championship if the Bruins beat Pacific this afternoon.

UCLA enters the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Tournament as the #4 seed behind #1 Southern Cal, #2 Stanford, and #3 UC Berkeley. The Bruins record against the top three teams is a dismal 1-7. How bad has it been against these rivals?

It’s almost been bad enough to overlook UCLA’s other 21 victories, but the fact is that two of those wins came against today’s opponent the Pacific Tigers. UCLA defeated them, 10-4, back on January 28th in Ann Arbor, Michigan and, again, on March 11th at Pacific, 12-8.

So, while UCLA cannot look past today’s game, the fact is that it would be a big upset if the Tigers were to beat UCLA.

The question facing the Bruins, assuming they beat Pacific this afternoon for the third time this season, is “Can UCLA Head Coach Adam Wright finally get the ladies a win against Southern Cal?”

But, the Bruins first have to deal with Pacific before thinking about that question.

Today’s game is not on TV, but it is streaming online on Of course, this year’s tournament is in Los Angeles as Southern Cal is the host.

This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Pacific Tigers women’s water polo open thread.

Go Bruins!!! Bring home 117!!