Feb. 6, 2009
Irvine, Ca - There is plenty of good news coming from Matador Pool on the Cal State Northridge campus.
First - the new weekly Collegiate Water Polo Association Poll is out for this week, and the Matadors are ranked 12th in the nation, their highest ranking in school history.
Second - Jillian Stapf, the junior goalkeeper who is closing in on the school record for career saves, has been named Big West Water Polo Player of the Week.
Thus far in the young 2009 season, Stapf has collected 76 saves in six games, an average of 12.6 goals per game. Stapf has collected double-digits in saves in four of the six games played. Stapf started the season with 19 saves (one short of her career record) against tenth-ranked San Jose State at the recent Michigan Invitational. Later that day, Stapf had another 19 saves against seventh-ranked Arizona State from the Pac-10 Conference.
Stapf now has 699 saves, only 62 short of the school record.
The Matadors travel south this Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego. On Saturday at 12:45 p.m., the Matadors face league rival UC Santa Barbara. The winner of that game will play at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the Michigan-Cal State Bakersfield game. The loser of the CSUN-UCSB game will play at 4:45 p.m.
Tournament play will continue on Sunday. Game pairings and times will be determined at the end of first day of play on Saturday.