Women's Water Polo Travels to Stanford and San Jose State
Mar. 3, 1998
Fri., Mar. 6
at Stanford, deGuerre Pool
Sat., Mar. 7
at San Jose State, Aquatic Center
San Jose, CA
NOTING THE BEARS: In the California women's water polo team's (9-1) last competition they captured the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, defeating two-time defending national champion UCLA, 9-8 in sudden death overtime in the title match. The Bears went 4-0 in the competition; defeating UC Santa Cruz, 15-1; USC, 6-3; Stanford, 6-5 and UCLA. The Cal women fell to No. 1 ranked UCLA, 6-3, in the 1997 Collegiate National Championship title match in Ann Arbor, MI. In 1996, the Bruins also defeated the Bears, 8-4, in the national title match. Despite losing to UCLA two years in a row in the national title match, Cal is the only team to have defeated the Bruins in the last two years. In '97, the Bears gave UCLA its only loss (4-3), Feb. 15 at the UC San Diego Invitational; and in '96 Cal defeated the Bruins, 8-7, in the finals of the Western Regional Qualifying Tournament. In the first 10 matches of the season, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 92-47.
HEAD COACH MAUREEN O'TOOLE: Maureen O'Toole is in her third year as Cal's head women's water polo coach with a 71-15 (.826) career record. Last season, O'Toole led her squad to a 30-8 record and a second-place national finished. She was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Northern Division Coach of the Year (in both '96 and '97) and Women's Collegiate I Division Coach of the Year by the American Water Polo Coaches Association in 1996. As a player, O'Toole is a 15-time MVP of the U.S. National Championships, a six-time world MVP and is a four-time national Sportswomen of the Year as named by the U.S. Olympic Committee. She competed this past January at the World Championships in Perth, Australia, along with current Cal player Alisa vonHartitzsch.
NOTING STANFORD AND SAN JOSE STATE: The Stanford Cardinal are 8-2 this season, with their two losses coming against Cal. The Bears defeated the Cardinal, 7-6, in the semifinals of the UC San Diego Invitational Feb. 8; and 6-5, in the semifinals of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament Mar. 1. Stanford defeated UC Santa Barbara, 12-5, in the third-place match. The Cardinal's leading scorer is sophomore Ellen Estes with 30 goals. Estes has been Stanford's leading scorer in all but one match this season. The San Jose State Spartans are 8-4 on the season and finished 3-1 in the Santa Barbara Tournament, defeating Redlands, 3-1, in the ninth-place match. The Spartans leading scorer is junior Liz Garcia with 33 goals.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Senior Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) was dominant in the victoy over UCLA, scoring five goals and knocking in the match-winning shot four minutes into the sudden death period. VonHartitzsch led the Bears with nine goals in the four tournament matches, and she now has scored 150 goals in less than two years playing at Cal. VonHartitzsch scored six of the Bears seven goals in the victory over Stanford Feb. 8. Last season, she was named first team All-America, Collegiate National Championship MVP, Western Regional Qualifying Tournament Co-MVP and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Northern Division Player of the Year. Another top scorer for Cal was sophomore Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), who scored eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament, and is second on the team in scoring with 15 goals. Glinkowski scored a team-leading three goals in the victory over UC Santa Cruz and three goals in the semifinal victory over Stanford. Junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is third on the team in scoring with 12 goals, paced the Bears with two goals in the victory over USC and now has tallied 153 goals in her Cal career.
1998 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS (9-1 Overall; 0-0 Home; 2-0 Road; 7-1 Neutral) NAME GOALS Alisa vonHartitzsch 31 Colette Glinkowski 15 Kaliya Young 12 Karen Cook 5 Melanie vonHartitzsch 5 Beth Irwin 4 Alicia Razzari 4 Heather Petri 3 Katie Windle 3 Karie Gray 2 Erin Kelley 2 Beth Rasala 2 Beth Sprinkle 2 Amy Buehler 1 Corey Miller 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 92 OPPONENT TOTALS 47 GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 3 63 4 15 1.78 Evi Schueller 9 227 43 52 5.30 CAL TOTALS 10 290 47 67 4.54 Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 2-5 at UC San Diego W 15-2 WON 1 Young 4 2-7 vs. UC Davis# W 13-6 WON 2 A. vonHartitzsch 5 vs. Usc# W 7-3 WON 3 A. vonHartitzsch 2 2-8 vs. Stanford# W 7-6 WON 4 A. vonHartitzsch 6 vs. Ucla# L 11-4 LOST 1 Four with 1 2-19 at UC Davis W 10-2 WON 1 A. vonHartitzsch 5 2-28 vs. UC Santa Cruz$ W 15-1 WON 2 Glinkowski 3 vs. Usc$ W 6-3 WON 3 Young 2 3-1 vs. Stanford$ W 6-5 WON 4 Glinkowski 3 vs. Ucla$ W 9-8 (OT)WON 5 A. vonHartitzsch 5 Caps indicate home match #indicates UC San Diego Invitational $indicates UC Santa Barbara Tournament &indicates MPSF Tournament, Stockton, CA % indicates National Qualifying Tournament, Stanford, CA *indicates National Championship, Los Angeles, CA