Nov. 13, 2007
WOODLAND, CALIF. - University of California senior attacker Michael Sharf has been named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mikasa Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by MPSF commissioner Al Beaird. It is the second MPSF POW honor this season for Sharf, a 6-3, 212-pound All-American from Orinda, Calif., who helped No. 1 ranked Cal (24-2, 7-0 in MPSF) defeat No. 2 USC, 10-9, last Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Sharf paced the Golden Bears with three goals, including two goals in the fourth period when Cal outscored the Trojans, 3-2, for the win to stay undefeated in MPSF play (7-0). Sharf also added an assist, a steal and forced an ejection against USC. He leads the Bears in scoring this season with 80 goals in 24 matches, is second in the MPSF with 3.33 goals per game, and has led Cal in scoring in 18 of 26 matches. He also has 26 assists, 29 steals, 26 ejections earned and six field blocks on the year.
Sharf was also this season's first MPSF POW recipient on Sept. 4 when he notched 18 goals in four matches at the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md. It is the second MPSF POW selection in the last two weeks for the Bears as sophomore attacker Spencer Warden was the Nov. 5 recipient. Senior attacker Vladislav Andreyev was the conference player of the week on Oct. 8.
Cal will next compete against Bay Area rival Stanford on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford campus. The Bears' next home action is when they host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. As a result of Cal's victory over USC, the Bears have clinched the No. 1-seed for the MPSF Tournament.