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Previewing the NCAA women’s water polo tournament

150056750Craig Bennett of USA Today Sports reports:

The West Coast crowd — only UCLA, Southern California and Stanford have won NCAA titles and six of the eight teams in this year’s field are from west of the Rockies — packs up and heads for Boston and Harvard’s Blodgett Pool for the 2013 NCAA women’s water polo tournament for competition beginning Friday. A quick look at the schedule and the eight teams in the field:

THE SCHEDULE (times p.m. Eastern)

Friday: Iona vs. Stanford, 1:45; Princeton vs. UCLA, 3:30; Pomona Pitzer (Calif.) vs. Southern California, 5:15; UC-San Diego vs. Hawaii, 7

Saturday: Consolations, 1:45 and 3:30; semifinals, 5:15 and 7

Sunday: Seventh-place game, noon; fifth-place game, 1:45; third-place game, 3:30; championship, 5:15

Television: No live over-the-air or cable coverage. All matches will be streamed live via ncaa.com

THE QUARTERFINALISTS

• No. 1 seed Southern California (24-1)

Championship history: 10th appearance, two titles (2004, 2010).

Coach: Jovan Vavic, 19th season with Trojans. He also coaches the USC men’s team, and those Trojans are five-time defending NCAA champs.

Top scorers: Monica Vavic, So. (71 goals); Kaleigh Gilchrist, Jr. (41 goals); Hannah Buckling, Jr. (33 goals).

In goal: Flora Bolonyai, Jr. (5.04 goals-against avg., 7.91 saves a game).

Worth noting: Vavic, daughter of the head coach, is fourth on the school’s single-season goals list and is 10 shy of the No. 2 mark. … The Trojans avenged their only loss by beating Stanford 11-7 to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. … Bolonyai was the goalkeeper for Hungary in the 2012 Olympics, and freshman driver Anni Espar (25 goals this season) was the second-leading scorer in the Olympic tournament, playing for runner-up Spain.”

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