On paper, Sunday was slated as a difficult matchup for the Pacific women’s water polo team, with the No. 7 Tigers playing host to No. 2 UCLA. In the water, the match at Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex was as advertised.
The Bruins jumped out to a quick start and ended up beating Pacific 12-8 on Sunday.
Before the end of the first period, UCLA built a quick 3-0 lead, despite the Tigers having nine shots on goal. Mariana Duarte scored one of her three goals to start the second period, with an assist coming from Karolina Hlavata, but UCLA responded with three more scores of its own.
A Viktoria Szmodics score made things 7-2 after two periods, and two more Szmodic goals in the third helped the Tigers draw closer. But the Bruins bounced back again, rattling off a 3-1 run to push the lead out of reach once more.
Kyra Christmas and Savannah Fitzgerald also scored for Pacific, but the damage had been done. Pacific moved to 7-6 on the season with the loss, and UCLA improved to 17-3.
The Tigers are back in the pool at noon Saturday, hosting Azusa Pacific (11-9).
Indiana 4, Pacific 2
At Bloomington, Indiana, the visiting Tigers dropped a game to No. 12 Indiana, despite Kevin Sandri going 3 for 5 and Nate Verling adding a pair of hits, including a double.
James Free also had a double for Pacific (7-10), which had a 1-0 lead early in the contest but couldn’t hold the lead.
The Tigers will head to San Jose State on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game, their final of the non-conference portion of their schedule.
Oklahoma State 11, Pacific 1 (5)
At Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Tigers were tagged for 11 runs in their final game before wrapping play in the OSU Hall of Fame Classic.
Samantha Owen generated all of Pacific’s (8-5) offense, accounting for the team’s only two hits and only run, a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning.
Pacific will play at noon Tuesday against North Texas University in Texas.
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