No. 8 Pepperdine Travels to Northern California For Two Matches
Oct. 17, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- No. 8 Pepperdine men's water polo travels to Northern California this week for a pair of matches, starting Friday, October 19 at UC Davis. The Waves then return to MPSF play when they take on No. 5 Pacific Sunday in Stockton. Pepperdine recorded a split in its opening weekend of MPSF play with a dominating 10-6 victory against No. 4 UC Irvine, followed by an 11-6 loss to No. 5 Stanford.
GAME #14 -- Friday (Oct. 19) at Davis, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine (8-6) vs. #16 UC Davis (11-10) at 6:30 p.m.
GAME #15 -- Sunday (Oct. 21) at Stockton, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine (1-1 MPSF) vs. #5 Pacific (9-5, 0-0 MPSF) at 1:00 p.m.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked No. 8 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association for the third straight week after spending the previous two weeks at No. 7.
UC DAVIS -- The Waves own a dominating 21-1 advantage in the all-time series dating to 1976, with the only blemish a 10-9 setback in 2006. Pepperdine has won the last nine meetings.
PACIFIC -- The Waves own a commanding 53-22-1 lead in the all-time series dating to 1976, including an 11-7 win Sept. 15 in the NorCal Tournament. Pepperdine has won three of the last four meetings against the Tigers.
LAST WEEK -- Pepperdine opened MPSF play with a flourish with a 10-6 upset win against No. 4 UC Irvine on Saturday. The Waves dropped a tough 11-6 decision to No. 5 Stanford on Sunday in their first home loss of the season. Matthew DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Diablo Valley CC) and Stephen Loomis (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS) led the way for Pepperdine offensively with four goals apiece on the weekend. Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary) recorded 22 saves for the Waves with 14 against the Anteaters.
WAVE NOTABLES -- Senior ATK Stephen Loomis enters the second week of MPSF play as Pepperdine's leading scorer with 29 goals, while fellow senior ATK Matthew DeTrane rates second with 27 goals to go along with a team-high 18 assists. Junior ATK Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) shares the team lead with 18 assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Bence Valics has played every minute in goal this season and has collected 171 saves. Valics ranks second among MPSF leaders in saves per game (12.21).
HOME POOL ADVANTAGE -- In its first 37 years of existence, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool has hosted many Pepperdine victories. The Waves entered this season 265-103 all-time at home, boasting a win percentage of .720. The Waves have posted a winning record at home in 30 of 37 seasons.
COACH MOSES -- Two-time U.S. Olympian (2008, 2012) and former Pepperdine All-American Merrill Moses has recently joined the staff as an interim co-head coach this season. Moses led the United States to a gold medal at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. Moses also led the Waves to the 1997 national championship where they captured their first title.
COACH RODRIGUEZ -- William "Willo" Rodriguez is the other interim co-head coach along with Moses. Rodriguez was a two-year player for the Waves and also was an assistant coach in the 2006 and 2007 seasons."Willo" is a former member of the Puerto Rican National Squad that competed at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003.
COACH SCHROEDER -- Water polo icon Terry Schroeder is a volunteer coach for the 2012 season. But he has much bigger plans in 2013, as Pepperdine has announced that Schroeder will return as the men's water polo head coach next year. In his first stint with Pepperdine (1986-2005) he amassed 340 wins and a national championship in 1997. The head coach for USA Water Polo at the last two Olympics, Schroeder has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2005), U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame (1998) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (1985).
PEPPERDINE WATER POLO HISTORY -- Since 1990, only five different universities have won an NCAA water polo title: four football schools and Pepperdine. The Waves claimed their first NCAA title by beating USC in the final in 1997. Heading into 2012, the Waves had posted winning records in 28 of 37 seasons and had an all-time record of 682-426-8.