CSU water polo earns sixth seed in WWPA tournament

Junior Ali Pavlik finished the regular season with 46 goals

Junior Ali Pavlik finished the regular season with 46 goals

April 22, 2010

By Zach Balside
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The CSU women's water polo team learned Thursday of its playoff outlook. The Rams have garnered the sixth seed for the Western Water Polo Association conference tournament for the second consecutive season.

April 30 marks the start of the action for all teams in the tournament, and CSU (10-16, 5-5 WWPA) will play Cal State East Bay (21-11, 9-3 WWPA) first. On Valentine's Day, the Rams dropped their only meeting with East Bay of the season, 8-7. The game was tied at halftime, but East Bay's 2-1 scoring edge in the third quarter proved to be the deciding factor.

The closeness of the previous meeting has coach Mike Moody excited and hopeful. "East Bay has done a great job this year," Moody said. "Their coach, Lisa Cooper, has done a great job. They are a talented group of girls and they've had an extraordinary season.

"The game we played earlier in the season went down to the last period, and they ended up on the winning side. We feel confident going into this game."

Moody says that East Bay tries to get its opponents into foul trouble, and that the Rams will have to play intelligently to try to counter that strategy.

The Rams beat East Bay twice last season, by scores of 12-11 and 10-6.

If the Rams beat East Bay, they will face the winner of the No. 18 UC San Diego - Sonoma State/Chapman game. CSU defeated both Chapman and UC San Diego this season. The win over UC San Diego was the Rams' first ever against a ranked opponent. CSU did not play Sonoma State this year.

2010 WWPA Women's Championships
April 30 - May 2
Hillman Aquatic Center • Bakersfield, Calif.
(all times MT)

Friday, April 30
Game 1 10 a.m. No. 7 Sonoma St. vs. No. 10 Chapman
Game 2 11:20 a.m. No. 8 CS San Bernardino vs. No. 9 CS Monterey Bay
Game 3 2 p.m. No. 4 CSU Bakersfield vs. No. 5 Santa Clara
Game 4 3:20 p.m. No. 3 CSU East Bay vs. No. 6 Colorado State
Game 5 4:40 p.m. No. 2 UC San Diego vs. Winner Game 1
Game 6 6 p.m. No. 1 LMU vs. Winner Game 2

 

 

Saturday, May 1
Game 7 10 a.m. Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 1
Game 8 11:20 a.m. Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 9 2 p.m. Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 10 3:20 p.m. Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 3
Game 11 4:40 p.m. Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 12 6 p.m. Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 5

Sunday, May 2
Game 13 10 a.m. Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7
Game 14 11:30 a.m. Loser Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11
Game 15 1 p.m. Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12
Game 16 2:30 p.m. Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10
Game 17 4 p.m. Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 9

2010 WWPA Women's Championship Seedings:
1. LMU
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State East Bay
4. Cal State Bakersfield
5. Santa Clara
6. Colorado State
7. Sonoma State
8. Cal State San Bernardino
9. CS Monterey Bay

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