March 29, 2007

Gauchos Return to Play at Arizona State

March 29, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Schedule-
Friday, March 30, 2007:
No. 11 Arizona State vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.
at ASU's Mona Plummer Aquatics Center

Saturday, March 31, 2007:
UCSB at Arizona State Invitational
No. 11 UC Santa Barbara vs. Redlands, 1:15 p.m.
at ASU's Mona Plummer Aquatics Center

No. BLANK Arizona State vs. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 4:15p.m.
at ASU's Mona Plummer Aquatics Center

Sunday, April 1, 2007:
UCSB at Arizona State Invitational
Opponent TBD
at ASU's Mona Plummer Aquatics Center

Spring Breaking
After nearly two weeks off, No. 11 UC Santa Barbara returns to the waters this weekend at the competitive Arizona State Invitational. Before kicking off the tournament Saturday, the Gauchos will take on the No. 11 Sun Devils in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday at 6:30 p.m. The spring was originally slated for 6 p.m. but moved to 6:30 p.m. to allow for improved playing conditions. UCSB officially begins its invitational play Saturday afternoon against Redlands at 1:15 p.m. before taking on ASU for the second time this weekend at 4:15 p.m. Sunday's games will depend on the outcome of Saturday for all teams involved.

A UCSB Refresher Course
The Gauchos posted a 3-2 record in their last weekend of play before taking a break for finals and Spring Break. UCSB hosted its annual Mini Tournament on March 9 and 10 in which it defeated Marist, Claremont and UC San Diego but losing to San Diego State. Santa Barbara had more difficult play ahead in then-ranked No. 2 UCLA, which defeated the Gauchos 21-8. UCSB brings a 10-10 overall record into this weekend and is 1-4 in MPSF competition.

Will History Repeat Itself?
Friday and Saturday's meetings between the Gauchos and Sun Devils will be the teams' second and third meeting during the 2007 campaign. Earlier in the season, ASU defeated UCSB in overtime 13-11 at the Irvine Invitational to take 11th place in the competitive tournament. Seven Sun Devils and six Gauchos scored in that match-up and UCSB junior goalie Jenny Gonzales notched 13 saves. Arizona State and Santa Barbara are tied for 11th place in the national water polo polls.

Shutting Down the Sun Devils
No. 11 Arizona State (5-9 overall, 2-4 in the MPSF) rebounded from consecutive losses to top-ranked UCLA and No. 3 USC with an 8-6 win over No. 20 Northridge. Sophomore utility Addison Doud soars 13 goals above her fellow Sun Devils with 29 goals on the season. Senior attacker Ashley Bower is leading ASU in the assists category, dishing out 25, and is two away from becoming the first Sun Devil to reach the 100 plateau.

Scouting Redlands
Redlands is 6-10 overall and despite being a Division III school, has played in the same competitive waters as the nations top Division I teams. The Bulldogs are 3-2 in their last five games, losing most recently to Harvard but defeating George Washington and Chapman in the two games prior. Redlands is ranked first amongst DIII schools in women's water polo. The Gauchos and the Bulldogs have yet to meet this season.

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