Forget UCLA. Forget USC. Forget the rest of the MPSF conference. Forget the idea that Stanford women’s water polo could be felled for a second time this season.
After falling just short of MPSF titles with losses in the 2012 and 2013 championship matches, No. 1 Stanford women’s water polo (22-1, 6-0 MPSF) continued to flex its muscles on defense and was finally able to add a conference title to its long list of accolades over the last several seasons with a 6-5 victory over No. 2 UCLA in the MPSF title match on Saturday.
When the No. 1 Cardinal take the pool for this weekend’s MPSF Tournament, they will be seeking their first conference title since 2006 at the tail end of yet another phenomenal regular season — a familiar storyline in recent years.
It doesn’t look like there’s any team in this country that can stop Stanford women’s water polo right now.
With the Pac-12 Networks in the house for the annual installment of the Big Splash, No. 1 Stanford (20-1, 6-0 MPSF) claimed its 37th consecutive victory over rival No. 4 California (17-7, 2-4) by a score of 9-6 on Senior Day at Avery Aquatic Center. In doing so, the Cardinal defeated their fourth top-five opponent in their last five matches to end their regular season on perhaps the most dominant streak in the nation.
This Saturday will mark the final game of another stellar Stanford women’s water polo regular season. Currently 19-1 and ranked first in the nation, the Cardinal have made themselves the team to beat once again heading into the postseason tournaments. Coming off of an impressive romp against Cal State-Bakersfield this past weekend, Stanford will have all the momentum on their side when they face No. 4 Cal on Saturday.
First came No. 1 USC. Then came No. 5 Arizona State. And to complete the top-five trifecta, last came No. 2 UCLA. Through the toughest stretch of its schedule featuring a trio of elite conference opponents, No. 1 Stanford (19-1, 5-0 MPSF) prevailed by defeating all three in consecutive meetings, capping the stretch off with a 9-8 downing of UCLA (22-3, 4-1) in a battle of the nation’s top two teams on Friday before having no issues in a drubbing of Cal State-Bakersfield (12-19, 0-5) on Saturday.
In a field as stacked as the field at this weekend’s UC-Irvine Invitational, it was always going to be difficult for the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal women’s water polo team to escape unscathed. The tournament played host to 14 of the top 18 teams in the country, and all four groups represented the cream of…
No. 2 Stanford women’s water polo (7-0) continued its winning streak at a serene and untroubled pace, as the Cardinal extended its perfect start to the season with two comfortable road victories over the No. 14 UC-Davis Aggies (8-7) and the Pacific Tigers (4-7).