The news about the 2018 NC women’s water polo comes from Indianapolis. The NCAA writes that the Women’s Water Polo Committee has announced the 10 teams that will be competing for the 2018 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship. Six teams have been placed in the bracket – the remaining four teams will compete for the last two berths in the bracket via two opening-round games.
On May 8 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, the opening rounds will be played. The winners will advance to the championship, which will be held May 11th to 13th at the same venue. It will be an eight-team, single-elimination tournament with seven games.
In the opening round games, UC San Diego (24-11) will play Wagner (24-6). The winner will be placed in the championship bracket to play Southern California (23-1) in Game 1. In the other opening round game, UC Irvine (14-13) will play Pomona-Pitzer (21-10), with the winner advancing to the championship bracket to play Stanford (18-3) in Game 3.
Rounding out the bracket will be UCLA (22-7) facing Pacific (18-7) in Game 2 and California (19-5) competing against Michigan (32-8) in Game 4. Please reference the championship bracket for all game times.
|No. 1 Southern California||MPSF automatic bid|
|No. 2 Stanford||At-large qualifier|
|No. 3 California||At-large qualifier|
|No. 4 UCLA||At-large qualifier|
|UC Irvine||Big West automatic bid|
|UC San Diego||WWPA automatic bid|
|Wagner||MAAC automatic bid|
|Pacific||Golden Coast Conference automatic bid|
|Pomona-Pitzer||SCIAC automatic bid|
|Michigan||CWPA automatic bid|
Automatic qualifiers were awarded to the Big West Conference (UC Irvine), Collegiate Water Polo Association (Michigan), Golden Coast Conference (Pacific), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Wagner), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Southern California), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Pomona-Pitzer) and the Western Water Polo Association (UC San Diego). The remaining three teams were selected at-large without geographical restrictions.