INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Following the 9-7 victory in the SCIAC Championship on Sunday afternoon, the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Team will be travelling to Stockton, California to face the University of Pacific on Saturday, November 25 for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at 12 p.m. The match will be held at Chris Kjelden Pool.
The Sagehens earned their spot in the tournament through automatic qualification after winning their conference title. They are currently 24-10 overall and went 13-1 in conference play. Adam Ward currently leads the team with 47 goals this season and boasts a .505 shot percentage. Joseph Schafer has also had a standout season, recording 40 goals and 20 assists, while Adam Gross served as a catalyst for the offense with a team-high 46 assists. Daniel Diemer, the 2017 SCIAC Athlete of the Year, will be key to the Sagehens' defense. He collected 233 saves this season and allowed 8.38 goals per game.
No.5 University of Pacific Tigers defeated No. 7 UC Irvine 9-5 in the Golden Coast Conference Championship on Sunday and will be entering the NCAA Tournament. With a 19-5 record overall, the Tigers also went undefeated in GCC play. They have not faced a SCIAC opponent this season. Luke Pavillard has been a force on the offensive end for the Tigers, scoring 69 goals and creating 30 assists this season, while John Hedges has served as a standout keeper in the GCC with 182 saves, 82 steals, and an 8.79 goals allowed average.
The winner of the opening round will advance to the next round and face No. 8 UC Davis at USC on Thursday, November 30. The two teams only met once, dating back to 2009, in which the Hens fell in a tight contest 11-10.
Tickets can be purchased over the phone (209.946.2030) or at the gate.
Adult - $8
Senior (62+) - $6
Student - $4