SANTA CLARA, Calif.- After defeating Cal State Monterey Bay on the road, the Santa Clara women's water polo team is preparing to host its first game of the season.
Santa Clara will face No. 6 Hawaii at Sullivan Aquatic Center at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Broncos (1-0) are focusing on generating counter attacks and creating movement on offense against the Rainbow Wahine (2-1).
"Hawaii is a really good team, currently ranked sixth in the country," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "They have several international players, and we can expect them to be fast, strong and skilled. We have to be ready for a physical game on both ends. Defensively, the top priority is stopping the counterattack, and offensively, it is key that we are constantly working, everybody is looking to create, and we do a good job of protecting the ball."
Santa Clara was efficient offensively on Saturday against Cal State Monterey Bay, coming away with a win 13-7 on just 29 shot attempts.
"We came out and executed really well on offense throughout the game," said Wilbur. "On defense, I thought we did a good job of adjusting after the first quarter, shutting them out in the second quarter, and playing really good defense the rest of the game.I like the fact that we were able to build a lead and kept playing hard throughout the entire game. There was never any let up."
"For the first game of the season, I saw a lot of positives," said Wilbur. "We graduated a strong senior class last year, but we also have several returners with good experience who played very well on Saturday. Our freshmen class showed good signs too. A couple of them played a lot of minutes and showed they are game ready which is great to see at the start of the season."
Single-game tickets are available for $6. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Sullivan Aquatic Center, as well as its ticket office, is open one hour prior to the start of the game.
For weekday games, the Leavey Center lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to the start of the game. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.