Stanford named top seed for NCAA women's water polo


Stanford, despite losing in the semifinal round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, was awarded the top seed for the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship to be held May 13-15 at the Canham Natatorium, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The top-ranked Cardinal (25-1) will meet the winner of a play-in game on the first day. SCIAC champion Redlands and MAAC champion Iona College meet Saturday at the Greenwich Family YMCA in Greenwich, Connecticut for the right to play Stanford.

Automatic qualifiers included UC Irvine, Indiana, California and UC San Diego. Stanford is joined by UCLA and USC as at-large teams.

The Bruins handed Stanford its only loss of the season last Friday. UCLA lost to the Bears in the title match. The Bruins also knocked off USC in the MPSF tournament.

California (24-4) was named the second seed and will meet No. 7 UC San Diego (17-18) on May 13 in the first game of the championship at 3 p.m. The next game features No. 3 seed UCLA (24-6) and No. 6 seed Indiana (25-11) at 4:30 p.m. Stanford will face the winner of the play-in game in the third game of the day at 6 p.m. The final contest of the night will pit No. 5 seed UC Irvine (21-8) against No. 4 seed USC (18-6) at 7:30 p.m.

Menlo School grad Megan Burmeister, who plays for the Bruins, may get a chance to score against Indiana backup goalie Liza Dernehl, who graduated from Palo Alto. Woodside Priory grad Constance Hiller plays for USC.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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