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Water Polo to face Alumni Saturday at Aztec Aquaplex

This Saturday's alumni game is dedicated to the late Jamie Stuart.
This Saturday's alumni game is dedicated to the late Jamie Stuart.

Jan. 24, 2013

SAN DIEGO - The No. 7 San Diego State women's water polo team will be making waves this Saturday, Jan. 26, in the annual alumni game against a group of former Aztecs. Admission is free and the game will be held at the Aztec Aquaplex at 11 a.m. PT.

This season's alumni game is being dedicated to Jamie Stuart, an SDSU water polo pioneer. Stuart, who passed last spring, helped San Diego State transition from a club sport on campus to a varsity sport from 1991-94. In 1993, he coached the team to a runner-up performance at the USA Collegiate National Championship. Earlier this month, Stuart was honored by USA Water Polo with its Lifetime Service Award.

The Aztecs are returning from a 3-1 weekend after defeating ninth-ranked San Jose State, No. 14 Indiana and No. 11 Michigan in the Michigan Kick-Off. Their lone setback was to No. 3 UCLA in the season opener.

In the final game of the tournament, the Wolverines forced the game into overtime after Presley Pender scored with four seconds left in the game. In the sudden-victory overtime period, after a turnover by Michigan in front of its net, Bailey Wickliffe took advantage of the opportunity and scored with 1:17 left to lead the Aztecs to the 11-10 victory.

Rachel Mitchell had an outstanding performance in her first collegiate action. The true freshman finished with 67 saves, including a career-high 19 at Michigan. Offensively, senior and returning All-American Amber Pezzolla paced SDSU with 14 goals, which includes her game-high six vs. Indiana.

Last year, the San Diego State water polo team defeated the former Aztecs by a score of 10-9. The win marked the current Aztecs' fifth consecutive decision over the alumni.

Following Saturday's alumni game, the Aztecs will move on to compete in an all-day event at the Cal Baptist Invitational on Feb. 2, in Riverside, Calif.