Women’s water polo aims for another Big West title

March 19, 2015

Danielle Warde Glenn Feingerts

The women’s water polo team is vying for its sixth Big West Conference title in seven years following a series of impressive wins this season, including victories over Santa Clara, UC San Diego and Arizona State at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational in February.

The Big West tournament will be held Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, in Honolulu, with the NCAA championship taking place Friday through Sunday, May 8-10, at Stanford.

Dan Klatt, five-time Big West Coach of the Year, led UCI to the league’s regular-season and tournament championships in 2014, as well as to the program’s third appearance in the NCAA tournament.

The 2015 team includes a talented group of returning players led by Danielle Warde (pictured), a three-time All-American and reigning Big West Player of the Year. The senior scored a team-high 55 goals last season.

Junior McKenna Mitchell scored 47 goals in 2014, while senior goalkeeper Jillian Yocum had 216 saves, the sixth-highest in Anteater history.

Proving the program’s dominance, UCI is 14-1 in Big West Tournament contests over the last six years.

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