- The University of Maryland will serve as the host school for the
2009 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship.
The three-day event opens Friday at the on-campus Eppley Recreation Center.
The championship is an eight-team, single-elimination format (12 games). A losers bracket will determine places three through eight.
The No. 1 seed was awarded to Southern California (24-1). Stanford (24-3) is the No. 2 seed.
Friday's first-round schedule is as follows:
• 1:30 p.m. - No. 2 Stanford (24-3) vs. No. 7 seed Marist (18-13)
• 3:15 p.m. - No. 3 seed UCLA (22-6) vs. No. 6 seed Michigan (33-8)
• 5:00 p.m. - No. 1 Southern California (24-1) vs. No. 8 seed Cal Lutheran (19-12)
• 6:45 p.m. - No. 4 seed Hawai'i (18-8) vs. No. 5 seed Loyola Marymount (24-7)
all times are Eastern
The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday. The championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Sunday and be telecast live on the CBS College Sports Network.
The following conferences and institutions received automatic qualification: Collegiate Water Polo Association, Michigan; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Marist; Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Southern California; Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Cal Lutheran; and Western Water Polo Association, Loyola Marymount.
The following institutions received at-large bids to the championship field: Stanford, UCLA, and Hawaii.
Tickets are on sale through Maryland Athletics by calling 1-800-IM-A-TERP or clicking here. Tickets are $15 per day or $40 for an all-session pass. The ticket office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door which open one before the first game of the day. Sales on gameday are cash only.
Parking is available in the Stadium Drive Garage. Click here to view a campus parking map.