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49ers on the Road Once Again Facing Pacific and UC Davis

Junior Kelly Ringel leads the 49ers in the cage against UOP and UCD this weekend.

March 27, 2013

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49ERS ON THE BIG SCREEN: Long Beach State's match Friday night against the Pacific Tigers will be streamed live at the Chris Kjelsen Aquatics Complex. Live video feed of Friday's competition can be found by clicking here.

IN THE POLLS: The Beach dropped one point in the College Water Polo Association poll this week to 57 tying with San Jose State for the ninth spot. This marks the fifth week in a row that the 49ers have stayed in the top-10.

LBSU TAKES FLIGHT: The ninth-ranked women's water polo team heads to northern California this weekend for the second-leg of its road trip before returning home. The 49ers will continue conference play with a pair of matches against Pacific and UC Davis.

The 49ers look to notch their first conference victory of the 2013 season up north. The Beach dropped its Big West Conference opener to No. 8 Hawai'i two weeks ago and then fell to No. 6 SDSU 6-5 last Friday as the 49ers nearly upset the Aztecs at the aquaplex.

FACING THE TIGERS: LBSU will be the first of a three-game homestand for Pacific. Ball is set to drop at 7 p.m. at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.

The Beach will look to extend its two-game winning streak against the Pacific as well as earn its first victory in Stockton, Calif. since joining the Big West Conference in 2009.

The Tigers (16-8, 1-1 Big West) have gone 2-1 since Arizona State snapped their seven-game winning streak. UOP posted a 1-1 record on the road last weekend falling to No. 13 Cal State Northridge 9-6 before upending then No. 15 UC Santa Barbara 10-7.

Brydie Pye currently leads UOP with 46 goals in 24 matches with Taylor Adair and Gracie Smith on her tails with 37 and 34 goals respectively.

A LOOK AT THE AGGIES: Long Beach State will finish out its trip by the state capital against the Aggies of UC Davis. Ball is set to drop at 3 p.m. instead of its original noon time start at the Schaal Aquatics Center

The Aggies (12-12, 0-3) are riding a two-game winning streak into this weekend's match up with victories over Harvard and Fresno Pacific. UCD will battle it out with No. 7 UC Irvine on Friday, March 29, at noon before squaring off with the 49ers.

LBSU looks to turn the tide against UC Davis as the Aggies have won the last two meetings between the two, both of which were in conference play. The last time a 49er team won in Davis, Calif. was back in 2004 when LBSU took a 13-3 victory.

Since coming to the Big West, Long Beach State is 0-2 against the Aggies in conference play.

LAST TIME OUT: A 3-0 rally by San Diego State in the third period was the turning point in the match as Long Beach State fell short of upsetting the sixth-ranked Aztecs Friday afternoon at the Aztec Aquaplex. SDSU was led by sophomore Taelor Moreno who fired in a game-high four goals, while LBSU was led Christina Kotsia and Kayla Robert with two goals each.

The Beach returned to the Aztec Aquaplex Saturday poised and ready to go as the 49ers defeated Brown 10-2 in the morning behind Kotsia's fifth hat-trick of the year. Kelly Ringel was solid in the cage once again for LBSU recording 11 saves.

Freshman Alexis Butler got her fourth start of the year between the pipes finishing with nine as LBSU rolled past its second match up of the year against Redlands 11-2. Seven players recorded goals for the 49ers while 4-of-7 notched multiple goals.

CENTURY MARKS: Melissa Matheson (109), Chelsea Parks (105), and Coriann Snyder (103) have now all joined the 100-goal club at The Beach. With nine matches remaining including the Big West Tournament, Matheson, Parks, and Snyder all have a chance of cracking the top-10 career-goals list at Long Beach State.

GOALIE WATCH: With the 22 saves last weekend, Junior Kelly Ringel now has 466 career saves at The Beach with sole possession of fourth all-time on the career saves list. The junior will need to average 9.67 saves per game the rest of the year to surpass Amanda Wightman's 552 saves to take over the third spot.



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