Men's Water Polo Hosts Long Beach City College on Saturday
Bence Valics is first in the MPSF in saves per game (13.86).
Sept. 20, 2012
EXHIBITION -- Saturday (Sept. 15) at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool: #7 Pepperdine (5-2) vs. Long Beach City College (3-2) at 11 a.m.
TICKETS -- Single-game prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) with a valid Pepperdine ID
FOLLOW ONLINE -- Several of Pepperdine's home games this season will be shown online via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. Updates are also available via Twitter at @PeppWaterPolo.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine moved up one spot to #7 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association after being #8 the previous two weeks.
LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE -- The Vikings are a junior college squad that competes in the South Coast Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association. LBCC is 3-2 against other JC squads and is coming off an overtime win against Cerritos.
LAST WEEK -- The Waves went 2-2 in the NorCal Tournament hosted by Stanford and finished seventh, one spot better than their #8 seeding. They first defeated #7 Long Beach State 10-8, as Bence Valics had an incredible 21 saves in that match. Pepperdine then faced #1 USC but was defeated 9-4 to cap off the first day. The second day of the NorCal Tournament began with a loss for the Waves, falling to #5 UC Santa Barbara, 8-4. The Waves bounced back to defeat #7 Pacific, 11-7, by scoring the final six goals of the game.
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.