The 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Women's Water Polo Postseason Tournament is set to begin on Friday, April 26 on the campuses of the first and second seeds.
Pomona-Pitzer enters SCIAC Postseason Tournament action with a 19-12 overall record, highlighted by an unblemished, 14-0 record in league play during the 2019 regular season and are the top seed in the tournament. The Sagehens will host fourth-seeded La Verne which enters play with an overall ledger of 11-13, 9-5 in SCIAC play. Pomona-Pitzer and the Leopards will square off in semifinal action Friday at 7 p.m. in Claremont, Calif.
Friday's other semifinal pits second-seeded California Lutheran agianst third-seeded Whittier. The Regals stand at 19-8 overall, 12-2 in conference action, while the Poets are 13-9 overall with a conference record of 9-5. Whittier obtained the third seed by virtue of a goal-difference tiebreaker with La Verne. Cal Lutheran and the Poets will contest the semifinal at 4 p.m. in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
During the regular season, Pomona-Pitzer edged La Verne, 8-6 on April 6, while Cal Lutheran secured an 11-7 victory over Whittier during the regular season.
The Tournament Field at a Glance
Pomona-Pitzer enters SCIAC Postseason Tournament action having won nine of its last 10 games, including a 12-6 victory over Chapman (April 17) and an 8-5 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) on April 20 to close out the regular season. The Sagehens, led by Natalie Hill and her 33 assists and 63 total points, will look to help her team to a third consecutive conference tournament crown. Morgan Stockham has been a force in goal for Pomona-Pitzer with 179 total saves and a 7.94 goals-against average.
Cal Lutheran takes to the pool in the SCIAC playoffs having also won nine of its last 10 outings with its lone defeat coming to Pomona-Pitzer (7-5) on April 10 as the Sagehens are the team's only two conference losses during the regular season. The Regals topped the Panthers 18-9 and La Verne, 10-8 to close out the regular season. The Regals will look to Lexi Rond on the offensive end, while Bailey Meyer will look to continue to keep opponents at bay with her stellar play between the posts. She now has 217 saves and a .601 save percentage.
After losing five straight games between March 24 and April 10, Whittier clinched the third seed with three straight wins over Occidental (15-5), Caltech (19-12) and Redlands (10-7) to end the 2019 regular season. Teresa Marchetti (58 goals) and Sawyer Bellville (20 assists) will look to bolster the Poets' offensive efforts, while the goali tandem of Tahlia Pou and Lauren Tapia will look to fend off their opponents during the conference tournament.
Jassmine Kezman leads a fourth-seeded La Verne squad that won five of its final seven games entering postseason tournament action. Kezman has posted 81 goals and 94 points while goalie Shelby Garcia has collected 164 saves in goal for the Leopards. Victoria Mezack has contributed 32 assists through the regular season to help La Verne's offensive output this season.