Santa Ana, Calif. – Cal State Northridge junior water polo player Kelcie Ferreira collected the Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Week award, helping the Matadors to a 3-1 record and a fifth place finish at the UCSD Invitational last weekend.
The fifth place placing represented the highest finish for the CSUN program in the history of the tournament. Ferreira played a large role as she tallied six goals, five assists in 12 steals in the four games. The Matadors defeated three nationally-ranked teams; #12 Long Beach State (4-3), #13 Indiana (9-8), and #20 Santa Clara (13-5).
In the tourney opener, Ferreira provided the heroics as she scored her only goal with two seconds left in the match to lead CSUN to the 9-8 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. She added a season-high four steals in the match.
After notching two goals against Santa Clara, Ferreira returned for the fifth place match and delivered two important goals to help CSUN edge Long Beach State, 4-3, in double overtime. She tied her season best with four steals against the 49ers.
Cal State Northridge is 7-3 this season.
The Matadors return to the pool to compete at the UC Irvine Invitational (Feb. 22-23). Tournament pairings were announced Wednesday afternoon. The Matadors, ranked tenth in the nation, will face ninth-ranked Loyola Marymount on Feb. 22 at 9:15 am. If the Matadors defeat LMU, they will face the winner of the top-ranked and defending NCAA champion USC Trojans or Cal State Bakersfield game at 1:30 pm. If the Matadors lose to Loyola Marymount, CSUN will face the loser of the USC vs CSUB match at 2:45 pm.
Based on CSUN's success at last weekend's UC San Diego Invitational, the Matadors have vaulted from 16th in the nation to tenth in the weekly national poll by the College Water Polo Association (CWPA) … This is the highest national ranking since CSUN was ranked ninth in 2010 (28-8 record) … The vault to the nation's tenth place showing was aided by CSUN's three victories over 12th-ranked Long Beach State, #13 Indiana, and #20 Santa Clara.