DAVIS, Calif. -- Three preseason tournaments plus the Big West Conference Championship highlights the UC Davis women's water polo 2018 schedule, finalized by head coach Jamey Wright last week. The upcoming season kicks off once again at San Jose State's annual LouStrong Memorial tournament on Jan. 20.
This invitational, named in memory of former Spartan coach Lou Tully, will be the first of nine road weekends for the Aggies. Following the LouStrong Memorial tournament, the UC Davis team is scheduled to participate in three more back-to-back travel games before hosting their first home game at the Schaal Aquatics Center.
In order, the Aggies will attend the Cal Invitational (Jan. 27), followed by the Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4), and lastly the Triton Invitational at UCSD (Feb. 10-11).
On the following weekend (Feb. 16-18), the Aggies will host their annual Aggie Shootout Tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center before heading back on the road to play in the SCU invitational in Stockton, Calif., on Feb. 24-25 for their fifth road event of the season.
Going into the month of March, the Aggies will remain at home for their next three games as they welcome Pacific (Mar. 3) starting at 11 a.m., Azuza Pacific (Mar. 9) starting at 4 p.m., and lastly Long Beach State, one of the six Big West Conference schools, on (Mar. 17) starting at noon. UC Davis team will conclude their March season by flying over the Pacific to play the University of Hawaii, another fellow Big West Conference school, on Mar. 31 for their sixth road weekend.
The next following three games of the season will be with Big West Conference schools, starting with UC Irvine (Apr. 7) at the Schaal Aquatics Center. The Aggies will add two more road weekends when they make their travels to CSUN on Apr. 14, and then to Santa Barbara, Calif., to play UCSB's team the next day (Apr. 15).
On April 21, the UC Davis women's water polo team will round out their competition season by welcoming California to campus. This event will serve as the team's final tune-ups before the Aggies head south to UC Irvine for the Big West Conference Championships on Apr. 27-29.
The NCAA Championships this year will take place at USC, with the first day of action beginning on Friday, May 11, and concluding on Sunday, May 13.
As of time of release, UC Davis holds a third-place standing in the Big West Conference for women's water polo, with the first being CSUN and the second being Long Beach State.
A website viewing of the UC Davis women's water polo 2018 schedule can be found here.
The Aggies went 16-18 for the 2017 season, placing fourth at the Big West tournament and finishing 12th in the final national coaches' poll.
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