No. 2 Ranked Cal Men's Water Polo Begins 2000 Season
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Release:  09/07/2000

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Sept. 7, 2000


HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (14-11, .560), is beginning his second year as Cal's men's water polo coach after leading the Bears to a 14-11 record and a third place national ranking last season. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years (1967-69), later won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. Olympic team in 1972 and was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1997. He also serves as the Bears women's water polo coach where he has amassed a 62-16 record (.795) and was named the 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year.

BEAR NOTES: The Cal men's water polo team, ranked No. 2 in the Men's Collegiate Top 20 preseason poll, will start the 2000 season visiting No. 17 ranked UC Davis Sept. 8 in Woodland, CA and hosting No. 9 ranked Pacific Sept. 9 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. A top returner for Cal is senior two-meter man Jerry Smith (Long Beach, CA), who was the Bears leading scorer last season with 48 points (three, two point goals) and earned first team All-America, first team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and first team All-MPSF Tournament. Other returners who earned accolades last season include senior driver Eldad Hazor (Tivon, Israel) and junior two-meter man Spencer Dornin (Laguna Beach, CA), who were named honorable mention All-MPSF. Hazor was second on the team in scoring last season with 30 points, including two, two-point goals. Dornin had 15 points last season with one, two-point goal. Two more top returners for the Bears include junior drivers Joe Kaiser (Novato, CA) and Rob Arroyo (Orange, CA). Kaiser was fourth on the team in scoring in 1999 with 26 goals and Arroyo scored 16 points with one, two-point goal. Cal will also be depending on the two-meter defense of junior Mike West (San Jose, CA) and the emergence of talented freshman driver Attila Banhidy, from Eger, Hungary. The Bears will be utilizing a pair of young goalies to start the 2000 season in sophomore Russell Bernstein (La Canada, CA) and redshirt freshman Tim Kates (Atherton, CA). Bernstein only saw action in two matches last season and had three saves in 12 minutes of playing time. Four former Cal athletes, Gavin Arroyo (1990-93), Chris Humbert (1988-91), Sean Nolan (1991-94) and Chris Oeding (1989-92) are members of the USA 2000 Olympic Team that is competing in Sydney, Australia. Cal water polo has won 11 NCAA titles, more than any other school in the nation. The Bears have also had 12 Conference Players of the Year, 13 Collegiate Players of the Year, over 140 All-Americans and 25 Olympians.

NOTING UC DAVIS AND PACIFIC: No. 17 ranked UC Davis will be opening the 2000 season versus Cal. The Aggies finished last season 12-22 and will be led by senior two-meter man Lance Campbell, who scored a team-high 51 points last season. In 1999, the Bears defeated the Aggies three times, 15-1 in the season-opener Sept. 11, 12-3 Oct. 9 at the NorCal Tournament and 12-5 Oct. 31 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. No. 9 ranked Pacific is 1-0 this season after finishing the 1999 campaign 14-13. The Tigers defeated Santa Clara, 16-5, in their season-opener Sept. 6 in Stockton. Against Santa Clara, Pacific was led by sophomore two-meter man Eddie Wisnicwski's three goals. Four other players, Danny Johnson, Sacha Macse, Jared Pendergrass and Gavriil Chernousou, scored two goals apiece against the Broncos.


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