UC Santa Barbara has cancelled the remainder of its 2021 women’s water polo season, effective immediately, due to COVID-19-related issues within the program, the university’s athletic department announced Monday.

The Gauchos were scheduled to host Hawaii on Sunday and were 3-5 in eight matches prior to the cancellation.

“It is unfortunate that we needed to take this action,” said UCSB Director of Athletics John McCutcheon. “But circumstances forced our decision. We will continue to support the team as we progress through this difficult situation.”

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