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Stanford women receive at-large berth into NCAA tourney

 

Stanford, the only women's water polo program that has competed at every NCAA Championship since its inception in 2001, will make its 15th straight appearance in 2015.

The Cardinal earned an at-large berth to the field when the NCAA Women's Water Polo Committee announced the bracket on Monday evening.

Ten teams will be vying for the 2015 National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championship. The top six teams have been placed in the bracket; the remaining four teams will compete for the last two berths in the bracket via two play-in games.

The play-in games will be conducted May 2. The winners will advance to the championship, which will be held May 8-10 at the Avery Aquatic Center with Stanford serving as the host institution. The 2015 championship will be an eight-team, single-elimination tournament (12 games), with a losers' bracket to determine places three through eight.

The Cardinal will begin its tournament on Friday, May 8 at noon against the winner of Princeton (29-3) and Wagner (25-8). Those two teams will meet at Princeton this Saturday.

Stanford will be looking for its fourth national championship in the past five seasons and fifth in program history. The Cardinal has advanced to the title game each of the past five years, winning it all in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Stanford, 22-2 overall this season, has accumulated a record of 156-12 (.929) since 2010.

The Cardinal is hosting the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championship for the third time. Stanford also hosted in 2004 when USC claimed the title and 2008 when UCLA took home the crown. The Cardinal will be looking to break a streak that has yet to see a host win the NCAA Championship since the tournament began in 2001.

In the other play-in game, UC San Diego (18-18) will host Whittier (21-14). That winner will be placed in the championship bracket to play UCLA (24-2) in Game 3 on May 8 at 3:30 p.m. Rounding out the bracket will be USC (22-5) facing Hawaii (18-8) in Game 2 (1:45 p.m.) and California (19-7) competing against UC Irvine (19-8) in the fourth game (5:15 p.m.).

Tickets are available by calling 1-800-STANFORD or online at GoStanford.com.

— Stanford Athletics

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