Women's Water Polo Travels to MPSF Tournament
Fri.-Sun., Apr. 10-12
at MPSF Tournament
Chris Kjeldsen Pool
NOTING THE BEARS: In the No. 3 California women's water polo team's (17-3) last competition they defeated No. 15 Pacific, 13-5, in Stockton. Due to the construction of the Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus, all of the Cal women water polo team's home matches this season were played at Contra Costa College. The Bears now enter the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Apr. 10-12 in Stockton. Cal is 3-3 this season against the current No. 1 (UCLA) and No. 2 ranked (Stanford) teams in the nation. 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.
HEAD COACH MAUREEN O'TOOLE: Maureen O'Toole is in her third year as Cal's head women's water polo coach with a 79-17 (.823) 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 THE MPSF TOURNAMENT: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament will feature 10 women's water polo teams with Bracket A consisting of No. 1 ranked UCLA (9-0 MPSF record), No. 5 San Diego State (5-4), No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (5-4), No. 13 San Jose State (2-7) and No. 15 Pacific (1-8); and Bracket B consisting of No. 2 Stanford (8-1), No. 3 Cal (7-2), No. 4 Hawaii (5-4), No. 7 USC (3-6) and No. 20 Long Beach State (0-9). On Friday, Cal will face USC at 11:45 a.m. and Long Beach State at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, the Bears take on Hawaii at 11:45 a.m. and Stanford at 7:15 p.m. If Cal wins all of its matches on Friday and Saturday, it will play in the championship match Sunday at 1:30 p.m. In '98, the Bears have a 12-3 record against the MPSF field.
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 led the team with four goals at Pacific, had eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament and is second on the team with 29 goals. Junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), who is a member of the Canadian National Team, is third on the team in scoring with 20 goals and has tallied 161 goals in her Cal career.
1998 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS (17-3 Overall; 4-0 Home; 6-2 Road; 7-1 Neutral)
NAME GOALS Alisa vonHartitzsch 40 Colette Glinkowski 29 Kaliya Young 20 Karen Cook 16 Beth Irwin 11 Heather Petri 11 Melanie vonHartitzsch 8 Alicia Razzari 7 Erin Kelley 6 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 173 OPPONENT TOTALS 92
GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 6 112 7 24 1.75 Evi Schueller 18 458 85 104 5.20 CAL TOTALS 20 570 92 128 4.52