SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10. THE 20th-ranked ASU Sun Devils' women's water polo team suffered its third and fourth straight losses this weekend at the UCSD Arena Invitational in San Diego.
The Sun Devils dropped a heart-breaker to Cal Baptist, 5-4, then took a 10-3 drubbing at the hands of UC Davis.
In the first game, for the third game in a row, the No. 20 Arizona State water polo team found themselves on the short end of the scoreboard, this time falling to Cal Baptist, 5-4, at the UC San Diego Arena
Invitational. Tessa Wyborny (Fr., Walnut Creek, Calif.) scored twice in the game, but it was not enough as the Sun Devils slipped to 3-4 on the year.
Both teams scored twice in the first period with CBU taking the advantage before halftime with its third score of the game. Neither team was able to find the back of the cage in the third stanza, setting up the fourth quarter with the Sun Devils trailing, 3-2.
In the final period, each team tallied twice to move the final to 5-4 in favor of Cal Baptist. Bryn Kuech (So., Bonsal, Calif.) and Gili Kollan (So., Kiriat Bialik, Israel) scored the other two goals for the Sun Devils in the loss. Lizzie Houck (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) made seven saves to keep ASU in the game.
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Cal Baptist 2 1 0 2 5
#20 Arizona State 2 0 0 2 4
Megan Eldredge (2), Cheryl Ogden, Christy Schori, Holly Curran
Tessa Wyborny (2), Bryn Kuech, Gili Kollan
The Arizona State women's team closed out its stay in San Diego, Calif., Sunday with its fourth loss in a row, this time absorbing a 10-3 whupping from No. 12 UC Irvine.
With their 0-4 record at the UC San Diego Arena Invitational over the weekend, the Sun Devils claimed 12th place in the tournament and saw their record slip to 3-5 after two tournaments.
Catharine Taber (Jr., Clayton, Calif.), Bryn Kuech (So. Bonsall, Calif.) and Ashley Orzalli (Jr., Acampo, Calif.) each scored for the Sun Devils in the game.
UCI came out firing with three goals in each of the first three quarters of action. At the start of the final stanza, ASU was down 9-1 before allowing one more goal and scoring two more of their own.
Lizzie Houck (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) made five saves in the game for the Sun Devils.
The current losing streak the Sun Devils are on, with three of the losses coming to nationally ranked opponents, ties the longest such string of games in program history. ASU also dropped four in a row at
the end of last year before knocking off Chapman in its final game of the season.
The Sun Devils hit the road again next weekend with a trip to New Jersey and the Princeton Invitational, Feb. 14-15.
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#12 UC Irvine 3 3 3 1 10
#20 Arizona State 0 1 0 2 3
Erica Horman (4), Melissa Fernandez (2), Meghan O'Donnell (2), Michelle Carey, Aleah Amr
Catharine Taber, Bryn Kuech, Ashley Orzalli