First Roadie of the Season for Water Polo
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Water Polo has their first road trip of the season this weekend to participate in Stanford's Invitational Tournament. The Invitational will feature two games on Saturday and Sunday for the Sun Devils against four top-20 teams. Only Saturday's game against Stanford will be streamed via the Pac 12 live stream here.
Arizona State stayed at No. 9 in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Polls after sweeping No. 17 LMU last weekend. Freshman attacker Vanda Baksa has started her freshman campaign strong as she currently leads the NCAA in field blocks with 10, and is tied for 5th with 13 assists. She is also sitting at number two in points-per-game with 4.3 after posting 26 points in six games.
Saturday, February 5 will kick off against No. 10 UC Davis at 12:45 am MST who sits at 5-1 on the season. ASU has a 4-2 record against UC Davis all-time, but the two teams have not met since 2018 in the Sun Devils 14-5 win.
The day concludes with the match against the host, No. 2 Stanford, at 5:45 pm MST. The Cardinal are a familiar conference opponent and have started the season 4-0 after finishing the 2021 season tied for third with ASU in the NCAA Tournament. Last season at Mona Plummer, ASU upset Stanford in their first win over a No. 2 ranked team since 2008.
Sunday, February 6 kicks off at 11:20 am MST in a rematch with the California Golden Bears who defeated the Sun Devils in their season opening tournament to start off the 2022 season. They since have gone on to win their last seven games to post an 8-0 record on the year. Cal checked in this week's polls at No. 4, with a large part due to their goalie Isabel Williams who has 69 saves on the season– good for third best in the NCAA.
The weekend ends with a 1:30 pm MST game against No. 18 San Diego State who have yet to play a game this season after canceling a series with the University of Hawaii in January. The Sun Devils have won the last 12 straight games over the Aztecs dating back to 2012.
As there will be just one streamed game, fans can follow along on Twitter for live updates, as well as live stat links that will be tweeted out on gameday.