Water Polo Set to Compete in SoCal Tournament
Waves Open Play Saturday vs. Loyola Marymount
Sept. 26, 2012
THIS WEEK -- The No. 7 Pepperdine men's water polo team heads north to Santa Barbara to compete in the SoCal Tournament hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The Waves start off against No. 10 Loyola Marymount. Their next opponent will be either No. 2 UCLA or Santa Clara. The Waves finished eighth at last year's SoCal Tournament hosted by Long Beach State.
GAME #8 -- Saturday (Sept. 29) at UCSB Campus Pool in Santa Barbara, Calif.: #7 Pepperdine (5-2) vs. #10 Loyola Marymount (4-4) at 9:20 a.m.
GAMES #9 AND #10 -- Saturday (Sept. 29) at UCSB Campus Pool in Santa Barbara, Calif.: #7 Pepperdine vs. #2 UCLA (12-1) or Santa Clara (7-5). The game is at 3:25 p.m. if Pepperdine defeats LMU and at 1:20 p.m. if the Waves lose.
GAME #11 -- Sunday (Sept. 30) at UCSB Campus Pool in Santa Barbara, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine vs. TBD.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked No. 7 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association for the second straight week after three weeks at No. 8.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT -- Pepperdine is 34-6 all-time against crosstown rival Loyola Marymount. The Waves have won eight of the last 10 against the Lions, including an 8-7 victory Sept. 8 in Malibu.
UCLA -- UCLA leads the all-time series 65-31-1. The Bruins have won the last six meetings in the series.
SANTA CLARA -- Pepperdine owns an 8-1 all-time record against Santa Clara.
LAST WEEK -- Pepperdine posted a 20-5 exhibition victory against Long Beach City College Sept. 22 at Raleigh Runnels Pool. Marko Madaras and Wesley Sherburne each registered four goals to key the Waves rout. Goalkeeper Bence Valics tallied 13 saves in the contest.
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.