STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 5 Pacific men's water polo team is back in action with a road game at No. 10 UC Santa Barbara before playing host to No. 1 Southern Cal on Sunday at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.
Pacific visits UC Santa Barbara for a Golden Coast Conference game against the Gauchos on Friday night at 7 p.m., before the Tigers return to Stockton to renew their rivalry with the top-ranked Trojans.
The Tigers are 14-4 overall on the season and 3-0 in GCC play and can clinch the Golden Coast Conference regular season title with a win on Friday. Pacific has a one-game lead over No. 6 UC Irvine and No. 8 Pepperdine in the GCC standings with two to play, but the Tigers hold the head-to-head tiebreakers against both teams, putting Pacific's magic number at one.
Pacific remained No. 5 in the CWPA Top 20 this week as Pacific has been ranked in the top five in all 10 editions of this season's poll, and for 41-straight polls dating back to 2015. The Tigers have been in the top five in 59 of the last 71 weeks, and in the top 10 for 116 straight weeks.
Pacific posted a 12-6 win over Pepperdine in the last conference game before falling at No. 3 UCLA 12-11 last Saturday. Engin Ege Colak scored four times in the Tigers' comeback bid against the Bruins, giving him 53 goals on the season. Colak took over the lead on the Tigers from Luke Pavillard, who scored twice to reach 52 on the season. Kale Ai (33), Devon Thumwood (31) and Ben Stevenson (26) give the Tigers five 25-goal scorers on the season.
The Gaucho's remained No. 10 in the polls this week following a 10-9 GCC loss to UC Irvine. UC Santa Barbara is 9-10 on the season and 0-3 in GCC play.
The Tigers have won 10 of the last 13 against the Gauchos, dating back to the 2011 season.
On Sunday, the No. 1 Trojans of USC visit Chris Kjeldsen Pool for a 1 p.m. start. Pacific has won the last two regular season meetings at home against USC, including a 10-6 win in 2013 that vaulted the Tigers into the No. 1 spot in the polls for the first time in program history.
The Tigers will be giving away rally towels at a pre-game tailgate leading up to the 1 p.m. sprint.
Sunday's matched will be streamed live on PacificTigers.com, while both Friday and Sunday games will have live statistics available via TheFOSH.net.