Women's Water Polo Travel to Pacific
Thu., Apr. 2
Chris Kjeldsen Pool
NOTING THE BEARS: In the California women's water polo team's (16-3, ranked No. 3 last week) last competition they defeated No. 4 ranked Hawaii, 8-7, Mar. 25; and USC, 3-1, Mar. 27 at Contra Costa College in San Pablo. Due to the construction of the Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus, all of the Cal women water polo team's home matches were played at Contra Costa College. The Bears only have one more regular season match, this Thursday at Pacific, before entering the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Apr. 10-12 in Stockton. Cal is 3-3 this season against the No. 1 (UCLA) and No. 2 ranked (Stanford) teams this season. The Bears defeated Stanford, 7-6, Feb. 8 at the UC San Diego Invite, and 6-5, Mar. 1 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, before losing to the Cardinal, 7-2, Mar. 6 at Stanford. Cal lost to UCLA, 11-4, Feb. 8 at the UC San Diego Invite, before defeating the two-time defending national champion Bruins, 9-8 in sudden death overtime in the title match of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament Mar. 1. On Mar. 21, the Bears fell to UCLA, 10-3, in Los Angeles. The Cal women fell to 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 three years. In 19 matches this season, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 160-87.
HEAD COACH MAUREEN O'TOOLE: Maureen O'Toole is in her third year as Cal's head women's water polo coach with a 78-17 (.821) 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 PACIFIC: The Pacific Tigers are 1-8 this season, and lost to USC, 12-5, in their last match Mar. 28 at Pacific. The Tigers leading scorer is sophomore Molly Smith with 34 goals, followed by 12 goals from freshman Cari Bertrand. The Bears have not faced Pacific this season, but last year defeated the Tigers twice--16-5 Mar. 13 at Cal and 16-6 Mar. 20 in Stockton.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Senior Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) was dominant in the Bears victory over UCLA Mar. 1, 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 Santa Barbara Tournament matches Feb. 28-Mar. 1. This season she has a team-leading 40 goals and she now has scored 159 goals in less than two years playing at Cal. Last season, vonHartitzsch 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 this year has been sophomore Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), who scored eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament, and is second on the team with 25 goals. Junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), who is third on the team in scoring with 17 goals, now has tallied 158 goals in her Cal career.
1998 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS (16-3 Overall; 4-0 Home; 5-2 Road; 7-1 Neutral)
NAME GOALS Alisa vonHartitzsch 40 Colette Glinkowski 25 Kaliya Young 17 Karen Cook 13 Beth Irwin 11 Heather Petri 10 Melanie vonHartitzsch 8 Erin Kelley 6 Alicia Razzari 5 Beth Sprinkle 5 Beth Rasala 4 Katie Windle 4 Amy Buehler 3 Kara Griffiths 3 Corey Miller 3 Karie Gray 2 Pam Guzmann 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 160 OPPONENT TOTALS 87
GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 5 98 4 22 1.14 Evi Schueller 17 444 83 101 5.23 CAL TOTALS 19 542 87 123 4.49
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 3-6 at Stanford L 7-2 LOST 1 Cook, Glinkowski 1 3-7 at San Jose State W 11-3 WON 1 Miller, Petri 2 3-12 LONG BEACH STATE W 13-1 WON 2 Griffiths, Young 2 3-13 SAN DIEGO STATE W 9-5 WON 3 Three with 2 3-20 at UC Santa Barbara W 9-3 WON 4 A. vonHartitzsch, Cook 2 3-21 at Ucla L 10-3 LOST 1 Three with 1 3-24 at UC San Diego W 10-3 WON 1 Glinkowski 3 3-25 HAWAII W 8-7 WON 2 Cook, Petri 2 3-27 USC W 3-1 WON 3 Three with 1 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.