Search:

MPSF men's tournament starts Friday at USC

OCVARSITY.COM

An automatic berth to the NCAA men’s water polo tournament will be at stake this weekend at USC as the top-ranked and undefeated Trojans play host to the MPSF championship tournament.

The winner of the three-day event will earn a bid to the NCAA tournament, which also will be played at USC’s McDonald’s Swim Stadium, Dec. 1-2.

USC (24-0) might not have to capture the tournament to qualify for NCAAs. The four-time defending NCAA champions could be strong contenders to receive the at-large bid.

The Trojans open the MPSF tournament Friday against eighth-seeded UC Santa Barbara (15-10) and goalie Myles Christian (Newport Harbor) at 10 a.m.

If USC wins, the Trojans would face the winner of Friday’s 3 p.m. tilt between No. 4-seeded Stanford-No. 5 Long Beach State in the semifinals Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Stanford (15-5) is led by freshman Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) while the 49ers (22-7) are in the MPSF tournament for the first since 2008.

The other side of the bracket features second-seeded UCLA (25-3) and Josh Samuels (Villa Park), Cal (15-7), Pepperdine (11-10) and Pacific (12-10).

The championship match is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. and will be streamed live on pac-12.com/live/usctrojans.aspx.

Air Force (19-10) and St. Francis College of New York (16-8) have already qualified for NCAAs.


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 
Ads by Google


Varsity sites:
LA
|
IE
|
SoCalVarsity.com
ADVERTISEMENT 
Search Players


ADVERTISEMENT 
Football:

Orange Lutheran 21, St. John Bosco 20 - 01:27 2nd QT - In Progress

Football:

Sonora 14, Fullerton 7 - 00:00 2nd QT - In Progress

Football:

Crean Lutheran 0, St. Margaret's 28 - 11:37 3rd QT - In Progress

Football:

El Modena 50, Brea Olinda 0 - 02:26 3rd QT - In Progress

Football:

San Juan Hills 14, Mission Viejo 21 - 12:00 3rd QT - In Progress

Football:

Servite 7, Santa Margarita 15 - 00:00 2nd QT - In Progress

Football:

Cypress 10, Valencia 7 - 00:00 2nd QT - In Progress

Football:

Westminster 27, Orange 6 - 00:00 2nd QT - In Progress

Football:

San Clemente 61, Laguna Hills 0 - 09:12 3rd QT - In Progress

Football:

Newport Harbor 0, Edison 27 - 00:00 2nd QT - In Progress