Both the UC-San Diego and San Diego State women’s water polo teams advanced to the NCAA championship bracket Tuesday after winning play-in games hosted on UCSD’s campus.
In the first play-in game, SDSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Wagner College and swam away with a 7-4 victory.
Nicole Ferrari helped drive the SDSU offense with 2 goals and 3 assists.
San Diego State goalkeeper Rachel Mitchell finished with 11 impressive saves.
UC-San Diego bested Whittier 11-7 in the second part of the doubleheader.
Laurel Kistler and Julia Kirkland each tallied 3 goals for UCSD.
Tritons senior goalkeeper Courtney Miller collected 11 saves.
The Tritons advance to play the 24-4 UCLA Bruins Friday at noon in the first round of the NCAA championship bracket.
The Aztecs will also play Friday and will face top-seeded and undefeated USC at 3:30 p.m. PT at the Spieker Aquatics Center on the campus of UCLA.