Tigers Debut At No. 5 In CWPA Preseason Poll
Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's water polo team will begin the 2011 season with the program's highest preseason ranking in five years after bowing at No. 5 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Preseason Poll released Wednesday, August 17.
"We're very excited to open the season with Pacific's highest preseason ranking in recent memory," head coach James Graham said. "We look forward to the opportunity of trying to move up as the season progresses."
The Tigers are coming off of a banner year that saw the program ascend to as high as No. 4 nationally, the highest ranking since 1995. The Orange and Black finished the year at 17-11, including a 4-4 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play and a 13-5 victory over Pepperdine in the seventh-place game at the MPSF Tournament. Pacific returns 15 letter winners, including nine seniors and three All-Americans.
Pacific opens the season versus No. 14 Santa Clara at the Golden Bear Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., on September 3. The Tigers' first home match is September 17 at the NorCal Tournament.
|Rank||Team||2010 Final Poll||Points|
|7||UC Santa Barbara||6||69|
|10||Long Beach State||11||60|
|11||St. Francis (N.Y.)||10||50|
|12||UC San Diego||14||44|