Oct. 11, 1999
THIS WEEK: Sat., Oct. 17 at UCLA, Rose Bowl Aquatics Center 10 a.m.
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 9-10 at Pepperdine, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK: The fourth-ranked Bears (7-6 overall, 2-1 MPSF) finished fourth at the NorCal Tournament, winning two games on Saturday and dropping their two championship round games on Sunday. Cal started off the tournament with a 12-3 rout of No. 20 UC Davis and followed it up with a 9-8 victory over No. 5 Pacific. The Bears did not fare as well in the second round on Sunday, falling to top-ranked UCLA, 8-2, in the tournament semifinals before losing to No. 2 Stanford, 8-6, in the third place game. Cal also tallied a conference victory on Friday against No. 9 Long Beach State, defeating the 49ers 10-2.
KAISER WHO?: After seeing limited action as a redshirt freshman last season, Joe Kaiser is not only the starting sprinter for the Bears this year, but is excelling in that capacity. Kaiser was third on the team with nine goals going into last week's game against Long Beach State. By the conclusion of the NorCal Tournament, the 6-4 sophomore from Novato had upped that total to sixteen after scoring two goals against Long Beach State, before tallying five goals in the tournament, including a two goal effort in Cal's semifinal loss to UCLA. In fact, Kaiser accounted for all Cal scoring in the 8-2 loss.
BRUIN NOTES: Cal and UCLA have already squared off twice this season. Saturday's contest will be somewhat more significant as the previous two contests were not conference matchups, but this one is. Cal lost to UCLA on Sept. 26, 9-8, as UCLA scored four two-point goals. The Bears then dropped their NorCal Tournament semifinal match to the Bruins last weekend, 8-2. UCLA (10-2 overall, 2-0 MPSF) boasts 17 returning letterwinners from last year's squad, including All-MPSF Second Team two meter man Sean Kern and Third Team driver Adam Wright. Taking to the cage again this year for the Bruins is All-American goalie Parsa Bonderson. Last season, Cal defeated UCLA, 7-6, in overtime at the MPSF Tournament in the Bears' final game of the season. UCLA is co-coached by Guy Baker and Adam Krikorian.
SURF REPORT: The eighth-ranked Pepperdine Waves (4-7 overall, 1-1 MPSF) finished tenth in last weekend's tournament, losing to UC Irvine in the ninth place match, 8-7. The Waves, coached by former Olympian Terry Schroeder, are led by sophomore driver Greg Lonzo (22 points), junior two-meter man Peter Joseph (21 points) and junior driver Sean Hylton (14 points). Hylton is the older brother of Cal player Todd Hylton. Pepperdine also boasts one of the top freshman recruits in the country in freshman Mike Hausmann. Hausmann, a 6-6 two-meter man from San Diego, is fourth on the team with eight goals, despite battling a case of mononucleosis.
THE COACHES: Peter Asch (7-6, .538) begins his first season as Cal's head coach, replacing Steve Heaston, who passed away in the off-season after a long battle with brain cancer. Asch was a three-time All-American player for Cal from 1967-69, serving as team captain in '68 and '69. Last season, Asch served as head coach of the women's water polo team, a position he will continue to hold, leading the women to a 28-7 overall record and an MPSF title. Assistant coach Doug Arth enters his 11th season with the Bears. A four year-letterwinner as a player for Pete Cutino in the early seventies, Arth was the 1972 AAU Outdoor National Player of the Year and a two-time All-American (1973 and '74).