BERKELEY, Calif. -- The University of California will host the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Water Polo Tournament for the first time this December, putting the championship in a pool that has produced more collegiate water polo crowns than any in history.
Dating back to their first title in 1973, the Golden Bears have captured the national title 13 times, and Spieker Aquatics Complex - the team's venerable facility at the corner of Dana Street and Bancroft Way - will move to center stage this December 4-5 when at large selection Cal hopes to compete for championship No. 14 in Berkeley against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) champion the University of Southern California, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) champion St. Francis College (N.Y.) and Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) champion Loyola Marymount University.
"It is obviously an honor to host this type of national championship, especially at a place with a tradition of winning NCAA titles," said Cal head coach Kirk Everist. "To have the national championship at Cal for the first time makes it special and we are all excited. Spieker is a place rich in water polo tradition, so it is kind of natural to have it here."
Not only will Spieker Aquatics Complex host the NCAA Championship this fall, it will repeat as the venue in December 2011.
Formerly known as Harmon Pool, a renovated Spieker Aquatics Complex was completed in the fall of 1982 and was named after former Cal water polo letterman Edward "Ned" Spieker, who provided major funding for the renovation. Since that time, the Bears' men's water polo team has won more than 200 matches (205-49, .807) at home, including undefeated seasons in 1988, 1991 and 1992. For the 2010 NCAA Tournament, seating capacity will be expanded to more than 1,000, with temporary bleachers gracing the upper deck of the complex.
For a copy of the 2010 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship bracket click on 2010 NCAA Men's Water Polo Bracket, and information on the NCAA tournament are available through the following links, Click here for 2010 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship tickets, 2010 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship page. Cal will also host the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship in 2011.
Release courtesy Cal Athletic Communications