Mia Rycraw nearly set an NCAA Tournament save record and the Arizona State offense rolled over UC San Diego as the Devils took fifth overall at the NCAA Championships with an 8-2 victory on Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Arizona State University water polo team reached 20 wins for just the third time ever and head coach Todd Clapper reached career win No. 300 as the Sun Devils advanced to the fifth-place game of the NCAA Tournament with a 7-5 win over San Diego State on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Ao Gao and Mia Rycraw put the Sun Devils on their back in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Water Polo Championships on Friday in Los Angeles, but it was a goal from Michigan with four seconds remaining that would bring an end to ASU's late rally and upset bid in a 5-4 loss.
The Arizona State University water polo team (19-7, 3-3 MPSF) will participate in just its second NCAA Tournament this weekend, beginning this Friday in Los Angeles at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The Sun Devils enter the weekend as the tournament's No. 5 seed after receiving the third and final at-large bid to the incredibly selective tournament.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mia Rycraw and senior center Abbey Kerth each named All-MPSF second team nods while Ao Gao was an Honorable Mention selection. Freshman Maud Koopman was named to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team as well.
The Arizona State University water polo program has advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history, as announced by the NCAA Women's Water Polo Committee on Monday evening.
The No. 4 Arizona State University water polo team (19-7) shook off a tough loss in its MPSF Conference Tournament opener, taking care of business on Sunday in a 12-5 rout over No. 14 San Jose State to take fifth place in the competition.
The No. 4 Arizona State University water polo team rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the fourth quarter against No. 6 Cal, but a late Golden Bear goal would prove to be the difference in a 4-3 loss in the opener of the 2016 MPSF Championships in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Sun Devils will be the four-seed in the tournament and open things up with a pivotal contest against the fifth-seeded Cal Golden Bears at 2:30 p.m. PT.
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It has been quite the a week for Sun Devil water polo players E.B. Keeve and Alkistis Benekou, who led their Spanish CN Mataro club team to two of the biggest tournament victories in the program's history in a seven-day span.