No. 9 Water Polo to Face No. 19 CBU on Senior Day Friday
April 4, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The No. 9 San Diego State women's water polo team will play host to No. 19 Cal Baptist in its final regular season home game at Aztec Aquaplex. The game is set for Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m. PT. Prior to the game, the team's four seniors, Alana Burgess, Kelly Campoli, Leanne Ford and Meaghan Poland, will be recognized in honor of Senior Day.
The Aztecs (17-9, 1-6 MPSF) have tallied seven victories over the Lancers since 2002, with a 10-9 win in their previous meeting in 2010. CBU (17-7) defeated Redlands, 15-8, last Saturday, coming out ahead for the 13th consecutive outing.
SDSU, meanwhile, has lost two straight after falling at No. 10 San Jose State in overtime and at No. 2 Stanford last weekend. The Aztecs will look to send their seniors off with a victory, for their second consecutive Senior Day win, after defeating UC San Diego, 15-7, a year ago.
Below is a look at SDSU's senior class:
In four seasons at San Diego State, Burgess has seen her role grow each year and is currently in the midst of her best effort of her career. In 100 games at SDSU, the senior has amassed 14 goals, 77 assists and 65 steals. This season alone, Burgess has six goals, 42 assists and 22 steals, all of which are career highs. Additionally, Burgess has helped the Aztecs win 20 or more games in each of her four seasons on Montezuma Mesa.
Campoli entered the season as the school's all-time leader in saves and continues to add to her total this year. Campoli has played in 121 games and has made 1,275 saves and racked up 108 steals. Last year, the two-time all-MPSF goalkeeper became the fifth Aztec in program history to earn All-America honors three times and this season is looking to become just the second Aztec, and first since 2004, to garner All-America accolades all four seasons.
Ford has helped San Diego State maintain its position as a national player on the water polo scene. Ford is a 2011 All-American and two-time all-academic selection at the national and MPSF levels. Ford has played in 126 career games and tallied 149 goals, 65 assists and 159 steals. Her 149 goals are the ninth-most in program history and her 159 steals sit just outside the top 10 in the Aztec record book.
Poland, meanwhile, is set to play her final regular-season home game, after seeing her numbers improve each year. Poland, a 2011 All-American and all-MPSF pick, scored four goals her freshman season, 40 the following year, 53 last season and is currently sitting on a career-high 54 in 2012. In 112 games at SDSU, Poland has found the back of the net 151 times, which is the eighth-highest total in school history, and recorded 21 assists and 93 steals.
Next week, the Aztecs travel to Orange, Calif., to face Chapman and Redlands. The Chapman game is set for 11 a.m. PT, while the clash with Redlands is slated for a 3 p.m. PT start.