For the first time in nine years the men's water polo team has qualified for the Southern California Regional Playoffs as it was announced on Monday that the Gauchos would be a part of the festivities. Saddleback will open against Orange Empire Conference rival Riverside City College on Thursday at Los Angeles Valley College.
Saddleback hasn't qualified for the tournament since 2008 and for the first time since 1998 has won more than 20 games. The Gauchos are 21-9 overall and finished in third place in OEC play...a half-game ahead of their opponent on Thursday, RCC.
Saddleback and Riverside met twice this season with each program winning one game. The Gauchos defeated the Tigers 13-7 in Orange Empire Conference play on September 27 before falling to the Tigers in the OEC Tournament last weekend, 13-8.
Game time on Thursday between the Gauchos and Tigers is scheduled for 9:00 AM. The winner will take on top-seed Golden West College on Friday.