Thursday, February 21

Redshirt senior attacker Rachel Fattal and the No. 1-seeded UCLA women's water polo team will play No. 17 Wagner in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but there are six other teams the Bruins could potentially face as they navigate the field for a national championship. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Scouting report: 2017 NCAA women’s water polo championship

The stage for the 2017 NCAA women’s water polo championship is set. Half of the field will be familiar faces for UCLA women’s water polo, as three other teams from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation were selected. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior attacker Rachel Fattal and the No. 1-seeded UCLA women's water polo team will play No. 17 Wagner in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but there are six other teams the Bruins could potentially face as they navigate the field for a national championship. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt senior attacker Rachel Fattal and the No. 1-seeded UCLA women's water polo team will play No. 17 Wagner in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but there are six other teams the Bruins could potentially face as they navigate the field for a national championship. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Senior utility Mackenzie Barr scored once during No. 1 UCLA's three-goal second-quarter run against fifth-seed California in the MPSF semifinal. The Bruins would lose their advantage by the fourth quarter, but came back to win 9-8 and secure a meeting with No. 2 Stanford in the finals. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Women’s water polo completes comeback over Cal to advance to MPSF final

UCLA women’s water polo had to overcome something on Saturday it hasn’t faced in two months – a deficit heading into the fourth quarter. With a little over five minutes left in the game and after losing a three-goal lead it had built up earlier in the game, freshman attacker Maddie Musselman netted her thid goal of the day to tie the game at eight. Read more...

Photo: Senior utility Mackenzie Barr scored once during No. 1 UCLA's three-goal second-quarter run against fifth-seed California in the MPSF semifinal. The Bruins would lose their advantage by the fourth quarter, but came back to win 9-8 and secure a meeting with No. 2 Stanford in the finals. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Senior utility Mackenzie Barr scored once during No. 1 UCLA's three-goal second-quarter run against fifth-seed California in the MPSF semifinal. The Bruins would lose their advantage by the fourth quarter, but came back to win 9-8 and secure a meeting with No. 2 Stanford in the finals. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Alys Williams said UCLA started slow out of the gates in the loss earlier this season to USC. With a top seed for the MPSF championship on the line for UCLA this Saturday, the Bruins have to lock down on defense. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Women’s water polo set to conclude season with payback against USC

Two months ago in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, UCLA women’s water polo suffered its first loss of the season. This weekend, the Bruins have a chance for redemption against their crosstown rival. Read more...

Photo: Alys Williams said UCLA started slow out of the gates in the loss earlier this season to USC. With a top seed for the MPSF championship on the line for UCLA this Saturday, the Bruins have to lock down on defense. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Alys Williams said UCLA started slow out of the gates in the loss earlier this season to USC. With a top seed for the MPSF championship on the line for UCLA this Saturday, the Bruins have to lock down on defense. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Freshman utility Bronte Halligan and the rest of the No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team will be the first opponent No. 1 Stanford will face after the Cardinal ended USC's NCAA record 52-game winning streak last weekend. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Women’s water polo preps defense for match against No. 1 Stanford

As Stanford and USC players shook hands after their game, the Trojans all were looking down, not a single person with a smile. USC’s NCAA-record 52-game winning streak had just been snapped. Read more...

Photo: Freshman utility Bronte Halligan and the rest of the No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team will be the first opponent No. 1 Stanford will face after the Cardinal ended USC's NCAA record 52-game winning streak last weekend. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Freshman utility Bronte Halligan and the rest of the No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team will be the first opponent No. 1 Stanford will face after the Cardinal ended USC's NCAA record 52-game winning streak last weekend. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt senior center Alexa Tielmann led No. 3 UCLA women's water polo with four goals in Saturday's win over No. 4 Arizona State. It was the Bruins' second No. 3 vs. No. 4 victory in three weeks. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Women’s water polo beats ASU as Rachel Fattal makes program history

For the second time in three weeks UCLA women’s water polo competed against the No. 4 team in the country. And for the second time in three weeks, it was hardly a contest in the end. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior center Alexa Tielmann led No. 3 UCLA women's water polo with four goals in Saturday's win over No. 4 Arizona State. It was the Bruins' second No. 3 vs. No. 4 victory in three weeks. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Redshirt senior center Alexa Tielmann led No. 3 UCLA women's water polo with four goals in Saturday's win over No. 4 Arizona State. It was the Bruins' second No. 3 vs. No. 4 victory in three weeks. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman utility Bronte Halligan was one of eight Bruins to score in No. 3 UCLA women's water polo's first match this year against No. 4 California. The second matchup between the top-four teams hits Westwood on Saturday. (Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Women’s water polo hopes to defeat Cal for second time this season

Round one went to UCLA. Round two hits Westwood this weekend. This Saturday, No. 3 UCLA women’s water polo (13-1, 2-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) will look to get its second win against No. Read more...

Photo: Freshman utility Bronte Halligan was one of eight Bruins to score in No. 3 UCLA women's water polo's first match this year against No. 4 California. The second matchup between the top-four teams hits Westwood on Saturday. (Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman utility Bronte Halligan was one of eight Bruins to score in No. 3 UCLA women's water polo's first match this year against No. 4 California. The second matchup between the top-four teams hits Westwood on Saturday. (Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Redshirt senior attacker Rachel Fattal is fourth on UCLA's all-time scoring leaderboard, and is just eight goals shy of moving up to third. (Courtesy of Pam Monahan)

Armed with renewed leadership, women’s water polo eyes NCAA championship

The Rio Olympics took its toll on collegiate women’s water polo last year, and UCLA wasn’t immune. Three of its veteran players redshirted last year with hopes of making the senior national team. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior attacker Rachel Fattal is fourth on UCLA's all-time scoring leaderboard, and is just eight goals shy of moving up to third. (Courtesy of Pam Monahan)

Redshirt senior attacker Rachel Fattal is fourth on UCLA's all-time scoring leaderboard, and is just eight goals shy of moving up to third. (Courtesy of Pam Monahan)


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