By Kevin Clerici
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 28, 1997

Water polo also faces Tar Heels

The basketball team is not the only UA sport facing North Carolina this weekend.

Arizona's second-ranked water polo team could face the Tar Heels Sunday in the UNC Spring Invitational at Khoury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, NC.

"We do not anticipate a warm North Carolina reception upon our arrival," head coach Michael Wissot said. "With the added turbulence from the basketball game, our task does not get any easier."

The Wildcats play James Madison and Rockville tomorrow. Based on the results of Arizona and the other preliminary brackets, the Wildcats could face No. 3 Dayton, No. 11 Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

"As the only west coast representative in the this tournament, we carry the responsibility of demonstrating why we are the dominant water polo region," Wissot said. "On the other hand, every team in this tournament wants a crack at us. After all, to be the best, they have got to beat the best."

The Wildcats began their spring season with a third place finish in the Southwest Invitational and a sixth-place performance in the Ventura Open.

The expected starting lineup includes: seniors Jeff Ono, Ryan Kaneshiro, Justin Kerfoot and Jonathan Lewis, junior co-captain Greg Stewart, junior Rafael Cuartas and sophomore co-captain Bryan Kimbell.

For tournament information call CWPA Commissioner Daniel Sharadin at 610/277-6787.

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