March 16, 2010
By Zach Balside
Athletic Media Relations
LOS ANGELES -- CSU continues its spring break in California as it heads to Loyola Marymount to play four games in its second-to-last tournament of the regular season on Friday and Saturday at the Burns Recreation and Aquatic Center.
The Rams (6-12, 1-2 Western Water Polo Association) face three conference teams at the tournament, with matches against No. 9 Loyola Marymount, Cal State San Bernardino and Chapman. Each game will be the first the Rams have played against that conference opponent. CSU played all three last year, winning three times against Cal State San Bernardino, once against Chapman, and dropping a contest to LMU.
Also on tap for the tournament is a date with No. 14 San Diego State. CSU fought hard, but ultimately lost a contest against the Aztecs at the Michigan Kick-Off Tournament earlier this season, 13-6.
Coach Mike Moody knows that playing three conference foes and two top-15 teams in two days will be tough, but he's optimistic about the scenario.
"We feel good, we're looking forward to the challenge," Moody said. "We're not going to back down."
Given the Rams' previous success against San Bernardino and Chapman, it may be easy to assume that CSU can recreate those results. But they aren't planning on overlooking anyone.
"They're both conference games," Moody said. "In any conference game, the intensity is going to be high."
CSU has spent the entirety of its spring break in California, going from Long Beach on Saturday to Riverside on Sunday and Monday, and now the Rams will head to Los Angeles to finish their tour. In the meantime, the team is training and practicing in preparation for the stretch run of the season.
"We're working on executing our game plan and fixing problems that we saw this weekend," Moody said.
CSU's Friday schedule includes LMU at 9 a.m. MT, and Chapman at 2 p.m. MT.
Spotlight On: Sophomore Kallie Berry
Being able to put all of your confidence into a young, highly skilled player knowing that she'll do the right thing regularly is a coach's dream. Moody is living that dream with sophomore phenom Kallie Berry.
"Having her in the water, you know she's going to take care of the ball," Moody said.
Berry scored 41 times her freshman season, which was the ninth highest single-season total in school history. She has kept up the production this year, scoring 25 times thus far, including nine goals during the first five games of the Rams' current California tour.
"She really stepped up," Moody said. "It's exciting to know she's producing again and that we'll have her for two more years."
The Rams will play San Bernardino and LMU again, on April 10 and 11, respectively... Orsi Nadasdy started the first two games as goalie in her career against Cal State Northridge and Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Sunday... CSU has not played a WWPA opponent since facing Cal State East Bay on Feb. 14.
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