Men's Water Polo Heads Up to NorCal Tournament

Bence Valics

Sept. 13, 2012

Men's Water Polo Notes Get Acrobat Reader

MALIBU, Calif. -- The #8 Pepperdine men's water polo team heads up to Palo Alto as the Waves enter the NorCal Tournament hosted by Stanford. The Waves start off against #9 Long Beach State. Their next opponent will be either #1 USC or Pomona-Pitzer. The Waves came in fifth place at last year's NorCal Tournament hosted by Pacific.

GAME #4 -- Saturday (Sept. 15) at Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine (3-0) vs. #9 Long Beach State (6-0) at 9:25 a.m.

GAME #5 -- Saturday (Sept. 15) at Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine vs. #1 USC (4-0) or Pomona-Pitzer (0-6). The game is at 3:25 p.m. if Pepperdine defeats Long Beach State and at 2 p.m. if the Waves lose.

GAMES #6 AND #7 -- Sunday (Sept. 16) at Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine vs. TBD.

RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked #8 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association for the third straight week.

LONG BEACH STATE -- Pepperdine is 67-30 all-time against Long Beach State. The Waves have done well in their last 10 meetings, winning seven of them. The last time these two teams met at a neutral site was in 2010 with the 49ers taking an overtime win, 11-10. Long Beach State is off to a fast start this season at 6-0 eclipsing 15 goals in each match.

USC -- USC leads the all-time series 21-59-2.

POMONA-PITZER -- Pepperdine is undefeated against the Sagehens, coming in at 8-0 all-time.

LAST WEEK -- Pepperdine won a thriller inside of the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool against #10 Loyola Marymount, 8-7. Steven Loomis led the way with three goals for the Waves. The fourth quarter was headlined by Marko Madaras with his two goals. Goalkeeper Bence Valics tallied 10 saves in the contest. The contest was the first of the season between the two rivals in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup series.

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.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat -- and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a BCS-affiliated conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.



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