Air Force Travels To Loyola Marymount
Nov. 7, 2002
The Air Force water polo team will return to action this weekend when it travels to Los Angeles to compete against Loyola Marymount University Saturday, November 9, at 9 a.m. PT. The Falcons have been idle since they swept their home tournament, Oct. 26-27, downing UC Santa Cruz (16-7), UC Davis (12-7), George Washington Univ. (12-7), and Cal Baptist (8-7).
The tournament marked a turning point for Air Force who was 7-10 entering the weekend. The Falcons had had defeated UC Davis earlier in the season, 8-6, and the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest Tournament, but then dropped a match against the Aggies, 7-6, the following weekend at the NorCal Tournament at Cal Berkeley. Air Force also defeated UC Santa Cruz at the Slugfest, 13-8. The problem for the Falcons was trying to find their stride and consistently win. Air Force was able to cure what seemed to be a problem that might last them the remainder of the season when it won all four of its home matches.
"The tournament was a tremendous success and we couldn't be more proud of our team," said Air Force head coach Jeff Ehrlich.
"We're now looking forward to our final regular season tournament at Loyola Marymount, November 9-10," said Ehrlich.
Saturday's game against LMU is followed by a game against Redlands Univ. at noon. Air Force travels to La Verne Sunday, November 10, to face La Verne at 9:30 a.m. and then to Claremont to play Claremont at 12:30 p.m.
"These are all Conference games and we need everyone who is an Air Force supporter to be present at these games," said Ehrlich.
The Falcons are currently 9-4 in conference play (Western Water Polo Association) and 11-10 overall. The WWPA Championships will be held in San Diego, CA, November 22-23. The winner of this tournament qualifies for the NCAA Championships at Loyola Marymount, December 7-8.
"This is our ultimate goal and we believe we can do it," said Ehrlich.