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Women’s Water Polo: Vikings get No. 5 seed, open SoCal Regionals vs. No. 4 Golden West

Sophomore Payton Ballard and the Vikings earned the No. 5 seed for the Southern California Regionals. (Photo by Chris Ruiz)
Sophomore Payton Ballard and the Vikings earned the No. 5 seed for the Southern California Regionals. (Photo by Chris Ruiz)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS BRACKET

The South Coast Conference champion Long Beach City College women's water polo team has received the No. 5 seed for this weekend Southern California Regional Championship tournament. The three-day event runs November 12-14 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

LBCC is 19-9 overall after defeating Mt. SAC 8-6 in the South Coast Conference championship final on Saturday. The Vikings get a first-round bye at the regionals and will face No. 4 Golden West College on Friday at 3:15 p.m.

Long Beach has faced Golden West three times this season, winning once. On October 17, the Vikings pulled off their biggest win of the season, an 11-10 sudden death overtime victory at Golden West.  

The winner of Friday's game would likely take on top-seeded Riverside City College in Saturday morning's 11 a.m. semifinal. The Southern California championship final is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. The top two teams from the Southern California Regionals advance to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Water Polo State Championship on November 20-21 at Pasadena City College.

LBCC looks to return to the State Championships for the first time since 2010. The Long Beach women last won a state title in 2006.

Last season, the Vikings advanced to the Southern California Regionals and lost an opening-round game by a final score of 9-5 to Santa Barbara City College.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE – WOMEN'S (BRACKET

Thursday, November 12
Game #1 2:30 p.m. - #7 Santa Barbara vs. #10 Palomar
Game #2 3:45 p.m. - #8 Orange Coast vs. #9 Grossmont

Friday, November 13
Game #3 2:00 p.m. - Winner #8 vs. #9 vs. #1 Riverside
Game #4 3:15 p.m. - #5 Long Beach vs. #4 Golden West
Game #5 4:30 p.m. - Winner #7 vs. #10 vs. #2 San Diego Mesa
Game #6 5:45 p.m. - #6 Mt. SAC vs. #3 Fullerton

Saturday, November 14
Game #7 11:00 a.m. - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3
Game #8 12:15 p.m. - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 5
5:15 p.m. 3rd Place Game
4:00 p.m. Championship Game (Both advance to CCCAA State Tournament)