Davis, CA -- This weekend the #7 University of Washington Huskies are headed to the Davis Invitational to square off against some of the best teams in the country.
This weekend marks the Huskies first time at the Davis Invitational which includes 13 other teams from throughout California and Oregon to come together before the start of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) season.
The action starts on Saturday, February 3rd at 9am as the Huskies square off against Chico State. Then at 2pm, they'll be concluding Saturday's action with a match against UC San Diego. The tough schedule continues on Sunday with a 11am showdown against last year's National Champions, #1 UC Davis. Finally the last game of the weekend will be against UC Davis B at 2 pm on Sunday.
The Dawgs are excited to get the season underway. The last tournament they were in was the San Diego State Fall Invitational back in November where they went 2-2.
This year the Huskies have added a tremendous amount of talent to the roster despite losing 2 players in Katie Rogers, and last year's captain, Lacy Chun. However the ever expanding team will be bringing 23 players to Davis to gain valuable experience against the strong programs of California.
1 Elizabeth Lipps, Goalie Sr. Menlo Park, CA 2 Kellie MacPhee Defender Gr. Encinitas, CA 2 Julia Harry Driver So. Maple Valley, WA 3 Jacqueline Li Driver So. Mercer Island, WA 4 Karli Stevenson Utility So. Tacoma, WA 5 Nicole Sargent Driver Jr. Arcadia, CA 5 Brooke Hill Driver Fr. Bothell, WA 6 Mary Elizabeth Ward Driver Jr. San Rafael, CA 6 Arielle Howell Driver So. Olympia, WA 7 Natalie Erjavec Center Fr. Mountain View, CA 8 Katie Snell Center Fr. Cupertino, CA 9 Bayla Forman Driver Fr. Long Beach, CA 9 Nadra Fredj Driver So. Idaho Falls, ID 10 Lauren Hickey Center Gr. Palos Verdes, CA 11 Sydney Toole Defender Fr. Laguna Niguel, CA 12 Anastasia Bondarenko Center So. Bellevue, WA 13 Sophia Ko Utility Fr. Puyallup, WA 14 Maddie Joy Driver So. Edgewood, WA 14 Caroline Lorentzen Driver Sr. Seattle, WA 15 Margaret Lazzarini Driver Gr. San Marino, CA 16 Tiara Adler Driver Jr. Seattle, WA 17 Jalene Weatherholt Defender Jr. San Jose, CA 18 Jane Wynne Driver Fr. Mill Valley, CA 19 Kacey Kuchenbecker Center Jr. Kaneohe, HI
This weekend's tournament will provide a great opportunity for the team to further develop together and fine tune before Northwest Divisional play begins February 17th when the Huskies host the first divisional tournament of the year at Rogers Aquatic Center in Puyallup, WA.
How to watch?
The games won't be streaming for this tournament but you can follow all the action as the games will all be live tweeted on Twitter.
Remember to follow the Huskies on all social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get updates on the weekend, and probably see lots of photos of sunshine and eating at In-N-Out.