Stanford top seed in NCAA women’s water polo tournament at USC

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Stanford is the top-seeded team in the NCAA women’s water polo championships that begin Friday at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

UCLA (25-4) is seeded second and defending champion USC (24-3) third in the eight-team tournament that concludes with Sunday’s final at 5:30 p.m.

Stanford (22-1), led by senior two-meter player Annika Dries and drivers Kiley Neushul and Maggie Steffens, opens play against No. 8 Indiana (23-5).

UCLA, which features goalkeeper Sami Hill, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the year, plays No. 7 UC San Diego (27-10). Driver Monica Vavic and two-meter player Kaleigh Gilchrist lead USC against No. 6 UC Irvine (24-7), which features utility player Danielle Warde, the Big West Conference player of the year.


Fourth-seeded California (19-8) plays No. 5 Arizona State (15-10) in the other first-round game.

All matches will be streamed live online through

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