La Verne Set To Host Women’s Water Polo Championships

La Verne Set To Host Women’s Water Polo Championships

The University of La Verne will host the 2017 SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Championships April 21-23.

Whittier is the No. 1 overall seed and will play the final match on Friday at 4 p.m. against the winner of the play-in game at 9 a.m. featuring No. 9 Caltech and No. 8 Occidental.

The Poets completed a perfect SCIAC regular season going 8-0 and have won seven-straight matches. It is their third-straight perfect season in SCIAC play. Their last loss to a SCIAC team came to CMS in the SCIAC Championships in 2014, 9-7. They are receiving votes in the latest CWPA poll.

No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer will face No. 7 Redlands at 10:45 a.m. followed by No. 3 La Verne and No. 6 Chapman at 12:30 a.m. and No. 4 Cal Lutheran vs. No. 5 CMS at 2:15 p.m. It will be a double elimination tournament with the championship match to be played on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. with the winner earning the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Pomona-Pitzer’s only conference loss was 9-8 at No. 1 Whittier on March 25. Jocelyn Castro leads the Sagehens in goals on the season with 40. Pomona-Pitzer has finished second to Whittier each of the last four seasons and was the last team to win the conference time besides the Poets in 2014.

The No. 3 seed and host La Verne Leopards went 6-2 in conference play, falling to only Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer. They are riding a three-match win streak. No. 4 Cal Lutheran went 5-3 during the SCIAC season dropping heartbreaking matches to Pomona-Pitzer in overtime, 6-5 and falling by the same score to Whittier in double overtime. No. 5 CMS, No. 6 Chapman and No. 7 Redlands all finished at 3-5 in SCIAC play. The tiebreaker went to CMS due to goal differential.

CMS is led by Roxy Kiessling with 51 goals and teammate Jessica Gaffney has 48 goals and 24 assists. Chapman’s Grace Schade led the SCIAC in goals scored with 56. The top four leading scorers for the Panthers are all seniors. Redlands’ sophomore goalkeeper Katelyn Jenkins is a player to look at for in the tournament. She was recently named Athlete of the Week on April 10. 

No. 8 Occidental (1-7 SCIAC) No. 9 Caltech (0-8 SCIAC) will meet for the third time this seasons. The Tigers won a non-conference match 26-7 on March 3 then also took the SCIAC match, 18-4, on April 12.