Falcons travel to California for five game in three days
Sept. 11, 2014
The Air Force water polo team plays five games in three days in California, opening the weekend with a game at Whittier College, Friday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. PT in Whittier Calif. Air Force then competes in the Inland Empire Tournament in La Verne, Calif., Sept. 13-14. The Falcons will face Pomona-Pitzer (10:20 am PT) and Claremont-Mudd Scripps (2:40 pm PT) on Saturday, Sept. 13. Air Force will then meet Redlands (9 am PT) and #2 USC (2:20 pm) on Sunday, Sept. 14.
LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
The Falcons posted a 1-3 record at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., last weekend. Air Force beat Cal Lutheran, 12-8, in the second game of the tournament. The Falcons' three losses all came against teams ranked in the top six in the nation (19-10 to No. 4 Cal; 12-9 to No. 5 Pacific; and 19-4 to No. 6 Long Beach State).
LAST WEEK'S LEADERS
Sophomore Robby Stiefel filled up the stat sheet at the Triton Invitational last weekend, leading the Falcons with 14 points and nine assists while adding five goals and three steals. Senior Jantz Johnson and junior Ben Rogers led the Falcons with six goals each. Senior Dominic Vicino and freshman Garrett Fisk tied for the team lead with four steals each. Sophomore Max Benson saw the majority of the time between the pipes and made 41 saves in the four games.
HEAD COACH Jeff Heidmous
Jeff Heidmous, the winningest coach in program history, is in his 22nd season coaching the Air Force water polo team. He coached the team from 1981-1998 and then spent 11 years working as a senior administrator in the Air Force athletic department. He returned as head coach of the Falcons in 2010. During his 21-year coaching tenure at the Academy, Heidmous has posted a 282-266-1 career record. He has led the Falcons to three WWPA titles, including 2012 when Air Force captured its first WWPA Championship since 1994. In 2012, the Falcons posted their best-ever NCAA finish, taking fourth place at the national tournament In 2012, Heidmous was tabbed the WWPA Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
LAST SEASON VS. THE OPPONENTS
Air Force did not face Whittier or Claremont-Mudd Sripps last season. The Falcons faced Redlands last season and lost 12-11 in overtime at the Triton Invitational. Air Force and Pomona Pitzer played twice last season and the Falcons won both games (9-8, Sept. 28, and 15-12, Oct. 19). Air Force and USC met once last season when the Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the nation. USC beat the Falcons, 23-2, Sept. 8, at the Triton Invitational.
Following the Inland Empire Tournament, Air Force will travel to Stockton, Calif., for the annual Nor Cal Tournament, Sept. 20-21.
Air Force hosts three games at the Cadet Natatorium this season. The Falcons open the home schedule against UC San Diego on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.. Air Force will host Santa Clara on Oct. 18 and Fresno Pacific on Nov. 1.