Water Polo ready for tough challenges after week off

Daily Sundial

After an 11-day break, the CSUN women’s water polo team is getting ready to head back to action. After last playing in the LMU Invitational April 2, the Matadors will travel back to Loyola to face the Lions tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Following the match with Loyola, the Matadors will travel to Long Beach to play in the Beach Tournament against four different teams starting Saturday. They will first match up with host team Long Beach State before facing Hawaii, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego. The Matadors beat San Diego in the Loyola Tournament 10-5.

LMU is one of the hottest teams around having won their last 12 matches. Their last two victories were Sunday against Cal State Bakersfield, 17-0 and Cal State Monterey Bay, 15-1 pushing their record to 23-4.

CSUN has faced Bakersfield twice this season and both times came away with wins, 11-2 and 16-6. LMU is led by multiple players, including Stacia Peterson who has scored a team-high 44 goals.

Katie Hicks is second on the team with 36 goals, Christine Robinson has 29, Rosanna Tomiuk has 23 and 13 other players have scored at least one goal for LMU. Rachel Riddell has spent the majority of the time in goal, and has a 5.22 goals against average.

The Long Beach 49ers are 15-5 on the season and have been led by Cassie Azevedo who has 42 goals. Five other 49ers have scored at least 10 goals and nine others have at least one goal.

The 49ers had a recent seven-game winning streak snapped by Hawaii 8-7 and followed that loss with another to USC 8-6. Hawaii, ranked fourth in the nation, is 12-6 overall and has now won eight straight matches.

Sunday’s first opponent, UC Santa Cruz, ranked No. 10 in Division III, enters the weekend with a 6-14 record. The final game Sunday will be against 19th ranked UC San Diego who won their previous game against Cal State Bakersfield to improve to 12-13 overall.

For CSUN (14-11) Chari Christopher leads the team with 53 goals. The Matadors, who have won four straight, have also received large contributions from Allison Brookes, who has 32 goals, Lynzy Klein who has 24 and Erica Bonetti with 23.

Ashley Hays also has 16 goals and Kristen Franz has 13.

Six other Matadors have also gotten on the board for CSUN. In goal, Graziella Caredda has played all season and has 226 saves.