Men's Water Polo Schedule Released
The Waves have five early season tournaments to start the year.
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine Water Polo head coach Terry Schroeder announced the 2018 schedule this week as the Waves look to continue their success in the Golden Coast Conference.
The Waves open the year on the East Coast at the Bruno Classic hosted by Brown University September 1st and 2nd. The Waves will play host six times on the year, starting Sept. 20 in a non-conference matchup with UC Santa Barbara.
In the first year of the GCC, the Waves finished the regular season in fourth place, before surging through the inaugural tournament in Stockton, Calif. to hoist the trophy in the tournament. The team then followed up with a fourth place finish in 2017.
This year’s GCC tournament will take place November 16th-18th with the location still to be determined. NCAA Postseason play begins with the NCAA Play-in games, and continues December 1st and 2nd with the NCAA Championships.
“I like our schedule,” Said Schroeder, heading into his 26th season at the helm. “We’ve got some games against the best teams in the country, so I think that it will be good for us. It will be good to see how some of our young guys do coming in. I think that it will be a wake-up call for some of them, but I am really excited about where we are going.”
Pepperdine will participate in five early season tournaments this year, beginning with the Bruno Classic and the GCC vs. WWPA Challenge. The final three tournaments the Waves play in are the Inland Empire Classic hosted by the University of Redlands (Sept. 9), The Gary Troyer Tournament hosted by Pomona Pitzer and Claremont Mudd-Scripps (Oct. 6) and the MPSF Invite hosted by Stanford (Oct. 12-14).
“The tournaments are a way to get game ready, especially for all the freshman that we have coming in,” said Schroeder. “It will be good to get them some collegiate experience in preparation for the regular season.”
The Waves will welcome six opponents to Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in 2018, two of which are GCC matchups against UC Irvine (Oct. 20) and Pacific (Oct. 27). The other four home games are against UCLA (Sept. 15), UC Santa Barbara in the aforementioned non-conference game (Sept. 20), California (Sept. 30) and Princeton (Oct. 28).
In total, there are 20 total regular-season competition dates.