Top 3 Remains the Same in Women’s CWPA Poll Amidst Minor Adjustments

With just two upsets among 61 games, the Feb. 5 women’s Collegiate Water Polo Association poll saw only minor adjustments. No team moved more than two spots up or down.

The Top 3 remained the same from last week, led by the 2019 national runnerup USC with Stanford and UCLA right behind. Hawaii and UC Irvine rounded out the Top 5.

The Trojans won their lone Week 3 contest, topping Loyola Marymount 16-3 behind a six-goal effort by Mireia Guiral. The Cardinal went 3-0 at home, downing #11 UC Davis 12-4, #7 Michigan 13-10 and #6 Cal 10-6. UCLA picked up two wins, defeating #13 San Jose State 18-10 and Fresno State 16-10.

The Rainbow Wahine, which were tied for #3 with the Bruins in the Jan. 29 poll, went 5-0 at the Arizona State Cross Conference Challenge. Hawaii downed Cal State East Bay 18-1, #10 Arizona State 9-7, #25 Azusa Pacific 17-4, #15 Princeton 16-3 and Ottawa (Ariz.) 16-1.  Szonja Kuna put in six goals against Cal State East Bay, while Lalelei Mata’afa chipped in five against APU.

UC Irvine chalked up two wins, defeating #13 San Jose State 11-7 and #12 Fresno State 15-11. Toni Shackelford dropped a five-bagger in the win over FSU.

Arizona State climbed two spots from #10 to #8 after posting a 4-1 mark at its home Cross Conference Challenge. The Sun Devils picked up wins over #25 Azusa Pacific 12-6, Cal State East Bay 11-4, Sonoma State 18-5 and Princeton 9-5. ASU’s lone loss came at the hands of Hawaii. Borbala Kekesi was the top scorer for the Sun Devils, notching three goals against Azusa Pacific, two vs. Cal State East Bay, one vs. Hawaii, four vs. Sonoma State and three vs. Princeton.

Michigan fell two positions from #7 into a three-way tie for #9 after dropping all three of its contests at the Stanford Invitational. The Wolverines, which fell to #6 Cal 10-8, #2 Stanford 13-10 and #11 UC Davis 11-6, share the #9 spot with UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis.

The Gauchos, which had the weekend off, were #9 last week as well, while the Aggies moved up two spots from #11. UC Davis went 1-2, topping Michigan, while also dropping exhibition contests against #2 Stanford 12-4 and #6 Cal 13-11. Noelle Wijnbelt was one of the week’s top individual scorers, racking up seven goals in the loss to Cal.

Long Beach State and Harvard each moved up two spots to #12 and #15 respectively.

Cal Baptist joined the Top 25 for the first time in 2020, checking in at #25, tied with Azusa Pacific, after receiving votes last week. The Lancers went 1-1, falling in a two sudden death 11-10 loss to #21 Cal State Northridge and bouncing back with a 13-4 win over Fresno Pacific.

Sonoma State earned a spot among the vote getters for the first time in 2020. The Seawolves posted one of Week 3’s upsets, besting #25 Azusa Pacific 10-9, in a 2-2 weekend. Sonoma State bookended the weekend with the win over APU and a 13-2 victory over Ottawa (Ariz.). The team fell to #15 Princeton 9-7 and #10 Arizona State 18-5.

Rank Team Week 2 Poll Points
1 University of Southern California 1 100
2 Stanford University 2 96
3 University of California-Los Angeles 3 (T) 90
4 University of Hawaii 3 (T) 88
5 University of California-Irvine 5 85
6 University of California 6 79
7 University of California-San Diego 8 70
8 Arizona State University 10 69
9 (T) University of California-Santa Barbara 9 67
9 (T) University of Michigan 7 67
9 (T) University of California-Davis 11 67
12 Long Beach State University 14 53
13 Fresno State University 12 52
14 San Jose State University 13 50
15 Harvard University 17 38
16 Loyola Marymount University 16 36
17 (T) University of the Pacific 18 (T) 32
17 (T) Princeton University 15 32
19 Indiana University 20 29
20 Wagner College 18 (T) 28
21 San Diego State University 22 22
22 California State University-Northridge 21 18
23 Bucknell University 23 14
24 Marist College 24 7
25 (T) Azusa Pacific University 25 4
25 (T) California Baptist University RV 4
RV Brown University RV 1
RV Sonoma State University NR 1

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