No. 8 Pepperdine Water Polo Slated for Two MPSF Contests

Matthew DeTrane

Oct. 13, 2011

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MALIBU, Calif.-- The No. 8 Waves are ready for their first full weekend of MPSF action as they travel to Irvine, Calif. to face No. 7 UC Irvine on Friday (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. and then return to Malibu for their first home MPSF match as they host No. 6 Pacific at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 16).

GAME 15-- Friday, October 14, No. 8 Pepperdine at No. 6 UC Irvine, 7 p.m. PT

GAME 16-- Sunday, October 16, No. 6 Pacific at No. 8 Pepperdine, 1 p.m. PT, Game will be broadcast via WaveCast
The home opener is High School Water Polo Day. Fans are encouraged to wear orange in support of the first Waves' home game of the season at Raleigh Runnels Pool.

LAST WEEK -- Despite outscoring then-No. 1 Stanford 4-3 in the final two quarters last Friday at Stanford, the Waves fell 9-5 in the first MPSF match of the season. Senior Andrew Milcovich led the way with a hat trick. On Saturday at Santa Clara, the Waves took the victory, 12-6. Against the Broncos junior Danny White added a hat trick of his own and Milcovich and junior Matthew DeTranehad two apiece. The Waves are now 8-6 overall and 0-1 in MPSF play.

IN THE RANKINGS-- The Waves started the season ranked No. 10 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's national rankings and have steadily climbed the charts, making it to No. 5 at their highest, where the team sat for two straight weeks. After going 1-1 last week the Waves sit at No. 8 for the second-straight week.

IN THE STATS -- Through 14 games this season, 16 different players have found the back of the net for the Waves with six scoring in double-figures. Seniors Nathan Castillo and Andrew Milcovich lead the way with 25 goals apiece so far this season. Junior Matthew DeTrane is next with 24 goals. Junior Danny White leads with 11 assists, and Milcovich and sophomore Mike Tragitt both have 10 assists of their own. White and junior Colin Carrollboth lead in the steals category with 12 each.

BETWEEN THE PIPES -- A 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention selection, sophomore goalkeeper Bence Valics has made 127 saves in 14.5 games played this season. Valics ranks seventh in the MPSF with 8.76 saves per game. Matthew Carterearned the start against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, where he made six saves in the victory and played half of Saturday's match at Santa Clara, making two saves.

UC IRVINE-- The Anteaters are 12-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play after falling to USC 7-4 and UCLA 18-6. The team is led by sophomore Mitch Wise who has netted 52 goals for 2.74 per game. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Bailey has made 72 saves for 11.08 saves per game through 6.5 games. The Waves have lost the last five games to the Anteaters, including a 15-12 overtime loss in this year's SoCal Tournament. The all-time record between the two schools is led by UC Irvine, 58-43-1. On the road at UC Irvine, the Waves are 13-22-1 all-time. The last time the Waves defeated the Anteaters on the road was in 2009 when they beat them twice, 11-9 and 15-14 (OT).

PACIFIC -- The Tigers are 9-6 overall and Sunday's match will be the first MPSF match of the season for the Tigers. Last weekend they defeated UC Davis 10-5. The Waves and Tigers have split so far this season, as the Waves defeated them 14-11 at the NorCal Tournament, but lost 11-9 at the SoCal Tournament. Overall the Waves lead the all-time series between the two teams, 52-22-1. At Raleigh Runnels Pool the Waves have an all-time record against the Tigers of 21-3. The Tigers are led by sophomore Balazs Erdelyi who has 34 goals for 2.64 goals per game, good for third best in the MPSF. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Malkis also ranks third in the MPSF with 96 saves for an average of 10.38 per game through 9.25 games.



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