DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis, the champions of the Western Water Polo Association and the owner of the league's automatic qualifier, will open play in the National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championship on Thursday, November 30 against the winner of the Pacific vs. Pomona-Pitzer opening-round game.
The eight-team tournament features a double-bye system in which four teams square off to advance to another round of play-in games. Then the winners of those two play-in contests will enter the four-team national championship tourney.
Pacific and Pomona-Pitzer, who respectively captured the Gold Coast Conference and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, will meet in Stockton on Saturday, November 25. Harvard and George Washington, champions of the Northeast Water Polo Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference, respectively, will square off on that same day in Cambridge, Mass.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion USC will take on the Harvard-GW victor, also on that November 30. The final six teams will compete at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles.
This is the second straight year that UC Davis has reached the NCAA postseason. The Aggies defeated UC San Diego by a 9-6 final in the WWPA title game on Sunday.
2017 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE MEN'S WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, November 25 (Home Sites)
Opening Round Game 1: Pacific vs. Pomona-Pitzer, time TBD
Opening Round Game 2: Harvard vs. George Washington, time TBD
Thursday, November 30 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Opening Round Game 3: UC Davis vs. Opening Round Game 1 winner, 5 p.m.
Opening Round Game 4: USC vs. Opening Round Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Game 1: UCLA vs. Opening Round Game 3 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 2: California vs. Opening Round Game 4 winner, 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.
The national semifinals and finals will be streamed live on NCAA.com.