Women's Water Polo Wins Fifth in A Row

The UCLA Women's Water Polo team won its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship Sunday, beating arch-rival and favored USC in the final, 5-4. The championship marks the 104th NCAA team title for UCLA, tops in the nation...

When UCLA beat USC to win the NCAA National Championship in Women's Water Polo at the Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center, Sunday, it was another historic accomplishment.

It was the fifth NCAA championship in a row for the women's water polo program, it's 7th NCAA tile and 11th national championship.

The championship marks the 104th NCAA team title, tops in the nation, for the UCLA athletic department.

You might remember, but it was the women's water polo team that won UCLA its 100th.

UCLA, which was the #3 seed, beat the favored, #1 seed USC Trojans in the final, 5-4.

Senior Tanya Gandy led the Bruins (25-6) with three goals, and senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen collected 12 saves.

Gandy earned NCAA Tournament most valuable player honors.

UCLA's senior class of Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Katie Rulon and Gandy finished with four NCAA titles and a perfect 12-0 mark in NCAA Tournament play.

The underdog win also marked the final game for Adam Krikorian as the UCLA head women's water polo coach. Krikorian will assume duties as the U.S. Women's Water Polo National Team coach this month, while staying at UCLA as a member of the men's water polo coaching staff.

UCLA improved to 20-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and has now won its last 17 tournament matches (dating back to 2002).

Still Alive in Other Sports

-- The UCLA's women's tennis team, the defending national champions, beat Arizona State in the second round of the NCAA Championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Sunday. With the win, 11-ranked UCLA (19-6) advances to face No. 6 Miami (25-4) in next week's round of 16 in College Station, Texas.

-- UCLA, after winning the Pac-10 in women's softball, have earned a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and will host Regional play at Easton Stadium from Friday to Sunday. The Bruins will play Long Beach State in their first game on Friday at 3:30 p.m., with Fresno State and UNLV battling in the other matchup at 1 p.m.


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