February 16, 1999
NOTING THE BEARS: The No. 2 ranked California women's water polo team (4-1) opened the 1999 season by placing second at the UC San Diego Arena Invitational. Cal fell to No. 3 ranked USC, 4-3, in the championship match Feb. 14. The Bears advanced to the title match by defeating Indiana, 20-1, Feb. 12; defeating both San Diego State and San Jose State by the score of 8-6 Feb. 13 and upsetting No. 1 ranked Stanford, 6-3, in the semifinals Feb. 14. In the championship match, Cal and USC were tied 1-1 at halftime, but the Bears were outscored 3-1 in the third period and were not able to recover. A big difference in the match was the Trojans going 4-for-4 on 6-on-5 man-up advantage, whereas Cal was only 1-of-5. In three years as a varsity sport, Cal women's water polo team has a record of 89-20 (.817) and has placed second nationally to UCLA for three straight years. The Bears were 27-6 overall and 11-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation last season.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: One of the greatest players in American water polo history, Peter Asch (10-3, 769), was named head coach of California's women's water polo team last August. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years from 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. Asch served as Cal's interim head coach during the collegiate national tournament last April, when former coach Maureen O'Toole had left the team for personal reasons. He helped the Bears finish second nationally behind UCLA, including an upset of second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.
COLETTE GLINKOWSKI: Cal's junior driver, Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the UC San Diego Invitational and was later named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week. Glinkowski had a phenomenal weekend in which she scored 15 goals in five games. She lead the Bears in scoring in four of the five matches, including scoring five goal in Cal's 6-3 semifinal upset of No. 1 ranked Stanford. Glinkowski was the team's second leading scorer in '98 with 46 goals and has already tallied 105 goals in her career. Last season, she was a National Championship second team selection, MPSF second team and MPSF All-Tournament Honorable Mention.
NOTING UC DAVIS: The UC Davis Aggies are 4-3 this season and are led by senior Jamie Koett, junior Holly Kincain and sophomore Kim Parker with five goals apiece. Last season, UC Davis was 17-15 overall and lost to the Bears, 13-6 Feb. 7 at the UC San Diego Invitational and 10-2 Feb. 19 in Davis.
NOTING THE UC SAN DIEGO INVITE: In Cal's title match against USC at UC San Diego Invite, senior captain Melanie vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) led the Bears with two goals and freshman Breena Fleener (Leucadia, CA) tallied the other goal. Senior goalie Evi Schueller (Mountain View, CA) had six saves. In Cal's 20-1 win over Indiana, 13 different players scored, led by four goals by Glinkowski. Glinkowski also led the Bears with three goals against San Diego State and Fleener and Glinkowski has three goals apiece against San Jose State. In the upset of Stanford, freshman Julia Cesnik (Concord, CA) added a goal to go along with Glinkowski's five goals.
THE 1999 OUTLOOK: The Bears will be led by veterans Erin Kelley (Oak Park, IL), vonHartitzsch, Schueller, Heather Petri (Orinda, CA) and Glinkowski. Kelley and vonHartitzsch are 1999 team captains and have been starters the past three seasons. Schueller has been Cal's starting goalie the past three years and was an honorable mention All-American last season. She currently has 623 saves in her career. Petri helped Cal's summer club team to the national title when she knocked in the match-winning goal with 2:48 in sudden death overtime. Last season, she was honorable mention All-American.
NO. 2 RANKED BEARS (4-1) HOST UC DAVIS
Fri., Feb. 19 vs. UC Davis, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 4 p.m.