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San Diego State uses fast start to make fourth straight trip to GCC title game.
San Diego State uses fast start to make fourth straight trip to GCC title game.
Women's Water Polo - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

GCC UPDATE LINKS: Box Score • 2017 GCC Championships • 2017 Tournament Bracket • 2017 GCC ON THE FOSH

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Top-seeded San Diego State used a fast start to earn a 13-7 victory over fourth-seeded Azusa Pacific in the second semifinal round of the 2017 Golden Coast Conference Women's Championship at Sullivan Aquatic Center in Santa Clara.

SDSU (18-13) set the tone early with a Hannah Carrillo (SO/San Diego, CA) goal 35 seconds into the game and later tacked on three more first-quarter goals to take a 4-0 lead. They would hold a 6-2 lead at halftime and continued to click on cylinders in the second half when they opened the third period on a 5-0 run to make it 11-2. They would cruise the rest of the way to reach their fourth straight GCC title game.

Caroline Israels (SR/Pompano Beach, FL), the GCC Player of the Year, led the Aztecs with six goals and four steals. Mar Pastor Alvarez (SO/Barcelona, Spain) led APU with three goals.

The win sets up a showdown between the top two seeds in the GCC field and is a rematch of last year's title game. San Diego State comes into the championship having won all four regular-season titles and last season's tournament crown. Pacific, however, was the coaches' preseason pick to win the regular season. Earlier this year, the Aztecs and Tigers were tied at 5-5 entering the fourth quarter with UOP taking a 6-5 lead with 4:41 to play. SDSU, however, answered with three goals in a matter of 1:22 to take an 8-6 lead. Pacific added a final goal with 41 seconds left as the Aztecs emerged with the 8-7 decision.

Azusa Pacific will face LMU in the third place game. The third place game is at noon and the championship will be at 1:30 pm. Every game will feature a live broadcast and live stats from THE FOSH. All links can be found at TOURNAMENT CENTRAL on GCCWaterPolo.com.