No. 11 Water Polo Set For Weekend Action
April 1, 2011
SAN DIEGO - Fresh off a trip to Hawaii that saw the Aztecs take two of three games, the No. 11 San Diego State women's water polo team (16-10; 0-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) will look to continue its recent success when it hosts Brown, Middlebury College, No. 8 Arizona State and Fresno Pacific this weekend at the Aztec Aquaplex.
Winners of four of their last five games, the Aztecs are taking care of business at the right time. With more than three quarters of the season behind them, however, they find themselves on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament. While they remain undefeated against unranked opponents this year, the Aztecs have struggled to find victories against the country's elite, proven by a 17-7 loss at No. 5 Hawai'i last Friday.
SDSU will get a chance to improve its NCAA resume over the course of this weekend, starting with a match against Brown (8-9) on Friday, April 1, at 1 p.m. PT. The Aztecs are 4-0 all-time against the Bears, with the last meeting resulting in a 10-5 SDSU home victory back on April 2, 2010. Experience could play a deciding factor this time around, as Brown features a relatively young team with only four upperclassmen.
The Aztecs will then face their toughest competition of the weekend when they square off against conference foe No. 8 Arizona State (8-10; 0-5 MPSF) on Saturday at 12 p.m. While SDSU and ASU sit seventh and eighth, respectively, in the MPSF standings, one thing is for certain for Saturday's contest: someone will get their first conference win. The Aztecs will have to have one of their better performances of the season if they hope to come out on top.
The Scarlet and Black will then follow their MPSF match with a late-afternoon contest against Fresno Pacific. In just their fourth season of existence, the Sunbirds enter Saturday's matchup as heavy underdogs. Head coach Bryan Suhovy's team is not to be taken lightly, however; his players will be anxious to prove they can hang with one of NCAA's elite teams.
With 33 ejections drawn through March 23 this season, senior 2-meter Ronni Gautschi climbed into fifth all-time in SDSU history in the category. Her 148 total ejections drawn over her career on The Mesa are a testament to her physical presence in front of the net.
Senior driver Sarah Brady's 40 assists through March 23 rank tenth all-time in the SDSU single-season record book and are the most since Gautschi amassed 49 helpers back in 2009.
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