Aug. 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For the third-straight year, the 19th-ranked Air Force water polo team as been chosen to finish fifth in the Western Water Polo Association, as selected by the conference's head coaches in the 2009 preseason poll. Two-time defending conference champion Loyola Marymount, ranked sixth in the national preseason poll, was a unanimous choice for the top spot in the league, garnering 157 points on the ballot.
No. 10 UC San Diego finished second in the voting, with 141 points. Fifteenth-ranked Santa Clara took third place with 135 points, followed by No. 14 UC Davis in fourth place (127 points) and Air Force in fifth place (109 points).
Redlands was selected to finish sixth in the WWPA, followed by Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Rounding out the conference rankings were Claremont, Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Occidental and La Verne.
The Falcons open the 2009 campaign Sept. 5-6 at the annual Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego. In its first two games of the tournament, Air Force will take on LMU and top-ranked USC.