Air Force Water Polo Prepares For UC-Santa Cruz Slug-Fest
Sept. 21, 2001
U.S.A.F.A., Colo.- The Air Force water polo team is off for its second week in a row after the cancellation of last weekend's Southern California Tournament at USC. The Falcons are currently preparing for the Slug-Fest Tournament hosted by UC-Santa Cruz, September 29-30. Air Force is now 2-2 on the season after a third-place finish at UC-San Diego's Triton Tournament, September 8-9. The Falcons defeated BYU-Hawaii, 14-4, and La Verne, 14-6 in their first day of competition. Air Force lost both games the second day, suffering a bitter 14-2 loss to tournament hosts UCSD and falling 13-6 to Loyola Marymount.
Goalie C3C (So.) Brandon Shroyer had 23 saves for the tournament, with C3C Kelly Greiner collecting four saves in goal for the weekend. C2C (Jr.) Chris Smith led the team in steals with nine for the tournament, followed by Shroyer and C1C (Sr.) Brian Hasbrouck with seven each, and C3C Micah Peterson with six. Smith also led the team in assists with 11, followed by C3C Scott Butler who had six. In the team six-on-five category, Air Force had 19 man-ups and made eight. Opponents had 23 man-ups and made nine. The Falcons MVPs for the tournament were Smith and Butler.
Next weekend's tournament in Santa Cruz will help determine whether or not the Falcons will compete in this year's Western Water Polo Association Championships at Loyola Marymount Univ., November 16-18. Air Force finished third in last year's WWPA Championships, with four of its seniors qualifying for the WWPA All-Conference teams.