No. 2 Cal Travels To National Championship
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/01/2000

May. 1, 2000

THIS WEEK: Fri.-Sun., May 5-7 at National Collegiate Championship, Indiana Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN All Day

HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (60-14, .811), one of the greatest players in American water polo history, was named head coach of Cal's women's water polo team in August of 1999 and led the Bears to a fourth-place national finish. 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 served as Cal's interim head coach during the collegiate national tournament in April 1998 and helped the Bears finish second nationally behind UCLA, including an upset of then second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.

LAST WEEK: On Apr. 21-22, the No. 2 ranked University of California women's water polo team (26-5, 8-1 MPSF) placed second at the Northern California Regional Qualifier at Spieker Aquatics Complex, falling to No. 1 ranked Stanford, 3-2 in overtime in the championship match. Cal advanced to the National Qualifier title match by defeating Cal State Bakersfield, 13-2 and San Jose State, 8-3. Leading scorer for the Bears in the tournament was senior Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), junior Beth Irwin (Menlo Park, CA) and sophomore Julie Arnold (Longwood, FL) with four goals apiece in the three matches.

In the title match against the Cardinal, Cal had trailed, 2-0, entering the fourth period, but behind goals from sophomore Brenna Fleener (Leucadia, CA) and Glinkowski, the Bears were able to send the match into overtime. However, Stanford scored with 1:16 into overtime to capture the crown. It was the second week in a row Cal had lost to the Cardinal in a tournament championship, as the Bears fell to Stanford, 6-4, Apr. 9 in the MPSF title match. Following the MPSF tournament, Cal head coach Peter Asch was named 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year, while junior goalie Fana Fuqua (Menlo Park, CA) was named MPSF Goalkeeper of the Year. Joining Fuqua on the MPSF first team all-conference squad was Glinkowski. Named to the MPSF second team all-conference squad was Irwin, while senior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, B.C.) and Fleener were MPSF honorable mention. At the annual Splash Club Banquet Apr. 30, the 2000 Cal Women's Water Polo Awards were announced. Glinkowski and Fuqua were named Team Co-MVP, Irwin was the recipient of the Scholastic Award and senior Brooke Spittler (Orinda, CA) was named Most Improved.

On Feb. 27, Cal captured the Santa Barbara Women's Open Tournament Feb. 27, upsetting then No. 2 ranked USC, 9-8, in the semifinals and then defeating Bay Area rival Stanford, 8-7 in overtime, in the title match. Sophomore Julia Cesnik (Concord, CA) led Cal with three goals versus both USC and Stanford and was named MPSF Player of the Week for her efforts. After 31 matches this season, the Bears are led by Glinkowski's 52 goals, Fleener's 37 goals and Irwin's 33 goals. Fuqua has been solid for Cal this season, as she has a 4.41 goal against average and was named the MVP of the UC San Diego Invitational on Feb. 13. Fuqua was also the MPSF Player of the Week Mar. 27 when she helped lead the Bears to wins over USC and Stanford with 12 and 14 saves, respectively.

NOTING THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP: The National Collegiate Championship, hosted in Indianapolis, IN, features 16 teams. The schools include:
No. 1 seeded Stanford (25-4)
No. 2 UCLA (26-5)
No. 3 Cal (26-5)
No. 4 USC (22-8)
No. 5 San Jose State (20-16)
No. 6 San Diego State (13-14)
No. 7 UC Davis (20-15)
No. 8 Princeton (24-3)
No. 9 Hawaii (19-14)
No. 10 Long Beach State (16-19)
No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (11-19)
No. 12 UMass (14-12)
No. 13 Loyola Marymount (14-12)
No. 14 Indiana (19-8)
No. 15 Michigan (30-5)
No. 16 Harvard (16-14).

On Friday, May 5, the Bears will face Indiana at 10:30 a.m. and if victorious, will play the winner of San Diego State-UC Santa Barbara match at 5:30 p.m. at the Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, IN.

If Cal wins its first two matches, it will move over to the IU Natatorium May 6 and face the winner of the UCLA, Michigan, UC Davis, Long Beach State bracket in the semifinals. Last season at the Nationals, Cal was defeated by Stanford, 6-5, in the semifinals, and lost to UCLA, 6-5 in sudden death overtime in the third place match.

BEAR NOTES: The Cal women's water polo team, (all-time record 143-32, .817 in four plus years as a varsity sport), has placed second three times (1996, '97, '98) and fourth once ('99) at the Collegiate National Championship. Last season, the Bears finished 28-7, won the MPSF title and placed fourth at the National Collegiate Championship. Top returner for Cal is senior driver Colette Glinkowski, who was the Bears leading scorer last season with 64 goals and earned first team All-America, was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Year, first team All-MPSF and first team All-MPSF Tournament. Glinkowski is the all-time leading scorer in Cal women's water polo history with 206 goals.