College Roundup: UCI women advance to Big West water polo tournament final

April 27, 2013


UC Irvine 7, San Diego State 5

IRVINE — The No. 2-seeded Anteaters advanced to Sunday's Big West Conference Tournament final behind 13 saves from Jillian Yocum and two goals apiece from Michaela Pierandozzi and McKenna Mitchell on Saturday at UCI.

UCI (21-8), which shared the conference regular-season crown with Hawaii (20-9), will meet the top-seeded Rainbow Wahine Sunday at 4:15 p.m. Hawaii defeated Long Beach State, 10-5, in the other semifinal Saturday.


UCI lost, 12-11, in sudden-death overtime in the conference meeting with Hawaii on March 14. But the Anteaters earned a 10-9 win over Hawaii on Feb. 24.

Sunday's winner earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

UCI defeated UC Davis on Friday in the quarterfinals at UCI as Hillary Estrada scored three goals and Yocum had 12 saves.



UC Irvine 4, Hawaii 0

INDIAN WELLS — The top-seeded Anteaters posted a school-record 22nd win this season in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament on Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

It was the 20th straight victory for UCI (22-3), which will face Long Beach State in the final on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Senior Kristina Smith won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Franziska Goettsching for a win at No. 1 doubles to pace the Anteaters, whose previous single-season victories record was 21, set in 2007.

Ali Facey and Sarah Stadfelt also finished off singles wins for the Anteaters, who defeated Pacific, 4-0, in Friday's quarterfinals.




IRVINE — Vanguard rallied for a 4-2 win at Concordia to split a Golden State Athletic Conference twin bill on Saturday.

Concordia won the first game, 3-2, despite being outhit, 5-3, by the Lions, who complete their season 22-27, 15-21 in conference.

Scott Simmons allowed one run in six innings to improve to 8-6 for VU.

Jourdan Mould, Bryce Arroyo and Matt Avery had three hits on the day for Vanguard, which dropped a 6-5 verdict at Concordia on Friday.

Concordia is 33-17, 22-14.



UC Santa Barbara 4, UC Irvine 1

INDIAN WELLS — The top-seeded Anteaters lost in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament on Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Sophomore Jacob Jung earned the lone point for UCI by winning at No. 3 singles.

UCI, which shared the Big West regular-season crown, finishes the season 9-17.



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