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Women’s water polo set to host Cal in regular-season finale

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.

Cardinal bruise Bruins in statement match

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.

No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 UCLA meet in clash of titans

Friday’s women’s water polo match will be a true clash of the titans, but different titans than many expected during the preseason. While many expected the No. 1 Cardinal (17-1, 3-0 MPSF) to be fighting for the top spot in the nation, most expected that the other team in the top two would be No. 3 USC and not No. 2 UCLA (21-2, 3-0). However, it is in fact the Bruins that hold that second-place spot in the latest rankings, presumably making Friday’s battle between Stanford and UCLA one for the top spot in the nation.