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Stanford will make 32nd NCAA appearance Dec. 1 at Avery Aquatic Center

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STANFORD, Calif. – No. 3 Stanford men's water polo, the 2018 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champions, will begin play in the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center.
 
For tickets to the NCAA Championships, click here or call 1-800-STANFORD. 
 
The Cardinal is playing host to this year's event, which also features at-large selections USC and UCLA, Western Water Polo Association winner UC San Diego, Golden Coast Conference champion Long Beach State, Northeast Water Polo Conference winner Princeton, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Pomona-Pitzer, and Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference champion George Washington.
 
Long Beach State will face Pomona-Pitzer in an NCAA opening-round game this Saturday (Nov. 24) in Long Beach. The winner of that game will move on to face UC San Diego at Avery Aquatic Center Thursday, Nov. 29. Stanford will face the winner of the Nov. 29 contest in the semifinal round on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m.
 
Stanford has faced Long Beach State this season already, earning a 13-7 win at Avery Aquatic Center on Oct. 11. The Cardinal has not faced UC San Diego or Pomona-Pitzer this season.  
 
Stanford is making its 32nd appearance in the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal last appeared in the tournament in 2014, finishing third. Stanford has won the NCAA Championship 10 times in program history, last capturing the title in 2002. This marks the eighth NCAA appearance under the direction of Dunlevie Family Director of Men's Water Polo, John Vargas.
 
The Cardinal enters the NCAA Championships 20-2 overall, matching its best record since 2009. It is the 10th 20-win season under Vargas. Stanford won its sixth MPSF Championship last weekend with a 12-10 victory over California.

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