With upsets at a minimum on Week 5 of the collegiate women’s water polo season, it is no surprise that movement in the Top 25 was minimal.
Stanford and UCLA maintain the top two positions in the poll for the second straight week. The Cardinal tallied a pair of Top 20 wins, besting #18 Pacific 17-3 behind four Madison Stamen goals and #12 Fresno State 8-6 with help from a Sarah Klass hat trick. The Bruins had the week off from competition.
There was only one small adjustment to the Top 10. Hawaii and USC, who were tied at #3 in the Feb. 12 poll, have separated with the Rainbow Wahine holding down the #3 position, while the Women of Troy fell one place to #4.
Hawaii returns to action today (Wednesday) after 17 days away from the pool. The Rainbow Wahine (8-0) face Azusa Pacific at 9 p.m. ET, marking their first action since posting five wins at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge, Feb. 1-2.
Princeton climbed two spots from #21 to #19 after going 2-1 at home last weekend. The Tigers fell to #17 Wagner to open the Princeton Invitational, but rebounded with wins over #22 San Diego State (7-5) and Long Island Brooklyn (13-9).
Pacific was the biggest mover of the week, falling three spots from a tie for #18 to #21 after going 0-3 at the UC Davis Aggie Invitational. The Tigers fell to #1 Stanford 17-3, #12 Fresno State 12-7 and #14 UC Davis 12-7.
Cal State East Bay earned a spot among the vote getters after splitting weekend contests with RV Santa Clara (L 15-13 OT) and Fresno Pacific (W 13-9). Adrien Van Dyke paced the Pioneers vs. Santa Clara, netting five goals, followed by three apiece from Auriel Bill and Payton Bosque. Bill racked up eight of the team’s 13 goals in the win over FPU, marking the top individual scoring effort of the week.
Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Top 25, Feb. 19, 2020
|Rank||Team||Week 4 Poll||Points|
|2||University of California-Los Angeles||2||95|
|3||University of Hawaii||3 (T)||91|
|4||University of Southern California||3 (T)||90|
|5||Arizona State University||5||84|
|6||University of California-Irvine||6||79|
|7||University of California||7||76|
|8||University of California-San Diego||8||73|
|9||University of California-Santa Barbara||9||66|
|10||University of Michigan||10||65|
|11||Fresno State University||12||57|
|12||Long Beach State University||11||56|
|13||San Jose State University||13||54|
|14||Indiana University||15 (T)||45|
|15||University of California-Davis||14||44|
|16||Loyola Marymount University||15 (T)||40|
|17||Harvard University||18 (T)||34|
|20||California State University-Northridge||20||24|
|21||University of the Pacific||18 (T)||23|
|22||San Diego State University||22||18|
|25||California Baptist University||25||3|
|RV||Sonoma State University||RV||2|
|RV||Azusa Pacific University||RV||2|
|RV||California State University, East Bay||NR||1|