The college water polo season will end Sunday afternoon the same way the last one did. And the one before that — in fact, the same way the last 14 seasons ended: with either UCLA or USC playing for the national title.
But for just the second time since 2010, USC will be making the trip alone after UCLA, the two-time defending national champion, was upset by California, 9-8, in overtime in Saturday’s NCAA semifinals.
In the first semifinal, top-ranked USC blitzed Harvard, 19-4, to set up a rematch with the only team that has beaten the Trojans this season.
Playing in California’s home pool at the Spieker Aquatics Complex, UCLA (25-3) was stymied all...