Saturday, August 24

Bruins have competitive edge with experience


M. Water polo start season with 12 returning players

By Rick Banks

Daily Bruin Contributor

As most coaches will say, experience can be the determining
factor in the ability of any team to win. This looks to be holding
true in the case of UCLA’s men’s water polo team.

The 12 players who returned from the squad that took home the
NCAA title last season have been key to the Bruins’ fast start
(10-0) this season.

UCLA’s strong start has allowed head coach Guy Baker to keep his
veterans healthy and rested while giving him the opportunity to
season his younger players.

This strategy is paying off in the amount and balance of the
team’s offense.

In a 20-4 romp over Santa Clara in the Air Force Tournament last
weekend, 12 different players scored for the Bruins. Of those,
eight scored more than once.

Following that game, 10 Bruins scored as UCLA defeated UC San
Diego 20-8. Of those 10, eight players found the net more than
once.

***

With 10 games in the books, the Bruins appear to be heading down
a very familiar path. The defending national champions appear to be
in good shape as the all-important Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation regular season shifts into high gear.

Their perfect 10-0 overall record, 2-0 in the MPSF, puts them in
good position as they prepare to face the remaining six teams in
the league’s regular season.

In the wake of the Air Force Tournament, coach Baker seemed
excited about the team’s play.

"I’m pleased with our overall play," Baker said. "It’s a good
team this year."

For UCLA to continue its impressive run, they will need to
duplicate the kind of play they have displayed thus far.

The Bruins take a break this week, readying for the Northern
California Tournament in Stockton, Oct. 12 and 13.

***

Over the weekend, senior Corbin Graham extended his scoring
streak to 10 games by scoring seven goals in four games at the Air
Force Tournament.

The seven goals pushed Graham’s season total to 19 for the
season, tying junior Luther Weidner for the top spot on the
team.

In all, the Bruins have seven players with double figures in
scoring and 12 with five goals or more.

***

The MPSF crowned Matt Armato as Player of the Week for his
performance last weekend at the Air Force tournament. Armato scored
eight goals and four games at the tournament, bringing his point
total 16, third on the Bruins.

Daily Bruin File Photo

Corbin Graham has a ten game scoring streak and scored seven
goals over the weekend at the Air Force Tournament.

Wednesday, October 2, 1996

WATER POLO:

M. water polo start season with 12 returning players By Rick
Banks

Daily Bruin Contributor

As most coaches will say, experience can be the determining
factor in the ability of any team to win. This looks to be holding
true in the case of UCLA’s men’s water polo team.

The 12 players who returned from the squad that took home the
NCAA title last season have been key to the Bruins’ fast start
(10-0) this season.

UCLA’s strong start has allowed head coach Guy Baker to keep his
veterans healthy and rested while giving him the opportunity to
season his younger players.

This strategy is paying off in the amount and balance of the
team’s offense.

In a 20-4 romp over Santa Clara in the Air Force Tournament last
weekend, 12 different players scored for the Bruins. Of those,
eight scored more than once.

Following that game, 10 Bruins scored as UCLA defeated UC San
Diego 20-8. Of those 10, eight players found the net more than
once.

***

With 10 games in the books, the Bruins appear to be heading down
a very familiar path. The defending national champions appear to be
in good shape as the all-important Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation regular season shifts into high gear.

Their perfect 10-0 overall record, 2-0 in the MPSF, puts them in
good position as they prepare to face the remaining six teams in
the league’s regular season.

In the wake of the Air Force Tournament, coach Baker seemed
excited about the team’s play.

"I’m pleased with our overall play," Baker said. "It’s a good
team this year."

For UCLA to continue its impressive run, they will need to
duplicate the kind of play they have displayed thus far.

The Bruins take a break this week, readying for the Northern
California Tournament in Stockton, Oct. 12 and 13.

***

Over the weekend, senior Corbin Graham extended his scoring
streak to 10 games by scoring seven goals in four games at the Air
Force Tournament.

The seven goals pushed Graham’s season total to 19 for the
season, tying junior Luther Weidner for the top spot on the
team.

In all, the Bruins have seven players with double figures in
scoring and 12 with five goals or more.

***

The MPSF crowned Matt Armato as Player of the Week for his
performance last weekend at the Air Force tournament. Armato scored
eight goals and four games at the tournament, bringing his point
total 16, third on the Bruins.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Reddit

Comments are supposed to create a forum for thoughtful, respectful community discussion. Please be nice. View our full comments policy here.