No.3 Women's Water Polo in National Championships
May 4, 1998
Fri.-Sun., May 8-10: at National Championship, McDonald's Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, CA All Day
NOTING THE BEARS: The No. 3 ranked California women's water polo team (24-5, 11-3 in MPSF), led by interim coach Peter Asch, placed third at the National Qualifying Tournament Apr. 24-26 at Stanford. The Bears defeated San Jose State, 13-3; UC Santa Barbara, 7-1; lost to No. 2 ranked Stanford, 9-5; and defeated Hawaii, 10-6 in the third-place match. Cal came out strong against Hawaii, taking a 6-1 lead at halftime and held a 9-3 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Despite being outscored, 3-1, in the final period, the Bears held on for the 10-6 win and were led by the scoring of senior Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK), junior Melanie vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK), sophomore Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA) and freshman Beth Irwin (Menlo Park, CA), with two goals apiece. Alisa vonHartitzsch finished to tournament with 10 goals and also tallied 11 goals in the four MPSF Tournament matches for a total of 21 goals in postseason play.
The Bears are 3-5 this season against the current No. 1 (UCLA) and No. 2 ranked (Stanford) teams in the nation. Cal defeated 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. The Bear women fell to UCLA, 6-3, in the 1997 Collegiate National Championship title match in Ann Arbor, MI. The Bruins also defeated the Bears, 8-4, in the national title match in 1996. 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.
NOTING THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP: The National Collegiate Championship will feature 12 women's water polo teams with Bracket A consisting of No. 1 ranked UCLA, No. 8 UC Santa Barbara and No. 13 Maryland. Bracket B will consist of No. 2 Stanford, No. 6 Massachusetts and No. 10 Michigan. Bracket C features No. 3 Cal, No. 7 USC and No. 15 Indiana. And, Bracket D has No. 4 Hawaii, No. 4 San Diego State and No. 15 Princeton. On Friday, Cal will face Indiana at 9 a.m. (played at Long Beach State) and USC at 6.20 p.m. If the Bears win all of their matches on Friday, they will play the winner of the B Bracket (Stanford, Massachusetts, Michigan) Saturday at 5 p.m. If Cal wins the semifinal match Saturday, it will play in the championship match Sunday at 3 p.m. In '98, the Bears have a 14-5 record against the National Championship field.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Five Cal players earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation postseason honors this year. Alisa von Hartitzsch was named MPSF first team, Glinkowski and junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) were named MPSF second team, senior Karen Cook (Foster City, CA) was named MPSF third team and sophomore Heather Petri (Orinda, CA) earned conference honorable mention.
At the MPSF Tournament, Apr. 10-12, Alisa vonHartitzsch earned all-tournament honors and Cook and Glinkowski were named tournament honorable mention. Alisa vonHartitzsch was dominant in the Bears victory over two-time national champion UCLA Mar. 1, scoring five goals and knocking in the match-winning shot four minutes into the sudden death period. This season she has a team-leading 61 goals and she now has scored 180 goals in 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 Glinkowski, who had eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament, nine goals at the MPSF Tournament and is second on the team with 41 goals. She now has 85 goals in two years as a Bear. Young, who is a member of the Canadian National Team, is third on the team in scoring with 26 goals and has tallied 167 goals in her Cal career. Freshman Irwin is currently fourth on the team with 23 goals and had eight goals during the four matches at the National Qualifying Tournament at Stanford.