No. 8 Men's Water Polo to Kick Off 2012 Season at UCLA Invitational
Aug. 30, 2012
MALIBU, Calif.- The Pepperdine men's water polo team is set to begin the 2012 campaign this weekend at the UCLA Invitational. The two-day tournament runs Saturday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Westwood, Calif.
The Waves, ranked eighth nationally in the preseason Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, are looking to rely on the experience of their eight seniors and 14 returners to bring them success this season behind the coaching of interim head coach Gary O'Brien. O'Brien is in his fifth season with the Waves and first as interim head coach. He will be assisted by Wave standout William "Willo" Rodriguez, back for his second stint as assistant coach in Malibu and 2013 head coach Terry Schroeder.
Standouts for the Waves in 2012 include U.S. Junior National Team and 2011 ACWPC All-American honorable mention Spencer Hamby (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), lefty driver Matt DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Diablo Valley College/Campolindo HS), also an ACWPC All-American honorable mention and junior goalkeeper Bence Valics(Eger, Hungary/Szilagyi Erzsebet Secondary).
The first game for the Waves in the UCLA Invitational is set for 11:45 a.m. PT on Saturday against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Waves defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 18-6 in the same tournament to open the 2011 season. They will follow at 2:15 p.m. PT with a contest against La Verne.
The tournament also features exhibition games between the Waves and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes UCLA, USC and UC Santa Barbara. The Waves will take on UCLA at 6 p.m. PT on Saturday, USC at 9:15 a.m. PT on Sunday and UC Santa Barbara at 2:15 p.m. PT to round things out on Sunday.
The UCLA Invitational will feature free admission to all of the games on both days. Fans are encouraged to park in Lot 11, slightly north of Spieker Aquatics Center at the intersection of De Neve Drive and Bellagio Drive. Parking costs $11 for each day.