Women's Water Polo
    No. 1 Trojans To Tangle With No. 3 UCLA In UCI Invite Championship
    Eike Daube dumped in a hat trick in USC's win over Cal in the semis.
    Eike Daube dumped in a hat trick in USC's win over Cal in the semis.

    Feb. 23, 2014

    IRVINE, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC women's water polo team will go up against crosstown rival UCLA this afternoon to vie for the UCI Invitational title. The Trojans took down No. 4 California with a 12-7 victory in this morning's semifinals down in Irvine to set up their defense of the tournament championship. USC captured last year's crown with a win over Stanford in the title match.

    TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

    The Women of Troy punched their ticket to the championship game and improved their overall record to 11-0 on this morning's 12-7 win over the Golden Bears. Freshman Stephania Haralabidis delivered her first four-goal game to lead the Trojans, with Eike Daube delivering a hat trick to further charge up USC. The Trojans' balance kept them out of reach of the Bears, as USC built a 4-1 lead in the first frame and carried a 6-3 advantage into the second half. After an even third period, USC's lead was still a strong three goals going into the final stanza. There, the Trojans flexed a little more muscle and plugged in four more goals before the final buzzer sounded on a strong 12-7.

    That sets up the Women of Troy with their first official battle against the Bruins this season, playing for the tournament crown. The UCI Invitational championship match is set for 5:15 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in Irvine.

    2014 UCI INVITATIONAL (Irvine, Calif.)

    SEMIFINALS
    #1 USC 12, #4 California 7
    USC 4 - 2 - 2 - 4 = 12
    CAL 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 7

    SCORING:
    USC -- Stephania Haralabidis 4, Eike Daube 3, Monica Vavic 2, Colleen O'Donnell, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Kelly Mendoza.
    CAL -- Antal 2, Tarrago 2, Illes, Caron, Williams.
    SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 7; Trabucco (CAL) 4