No. 3 Cal MWP Travels to SoCal Tournament
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/27/2011

Sept. 27, 2011

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BERKELEY - Sat-Sun, Oct. 1-2 at SoCal Invitational Los Alamitos/LongBeach, Calif. All Day

Bear Bites:
No. 3-ranked Cal (8-1), the 2010 national runners-up and featuring National Player of the Year SoCal Tournament Schedule and Results, who joined brother Luka on the Serbian National Team that won the gold medal at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China.

About the SoCal Invitational:
The SoCal Invite Bracket A consists of No. 1 seed USC, No. 8 UC Irvine, No. 9 UC Davis and No. 13 Pomona Pitzer. Bracket B includes No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, No. 10 UC San Diego and No. 15 Air Force. Bracket C has No. 3 seed Cal, No. 6 Pacific, No. 11 Loyola Marymount and No. 14 Santa Clara. Bracket D features No. 4 seed Stanford, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 12 Long Beach State and No. 13 Princeton. On Oct. 1 in Los Alamitos, Cal plays Santa Clara at 11:10 a.m., and if the Bears prevail, they play the winner of Pacific-Loyola Marymount at 5:50 p.m. If Cal wins both of its matches Saturday, it plays at 12:30 p.m. Sunday versus the winner of the Bracket B (possible semifinal rematch versus UCLA) in Los Alamitos. If Cal wins that match, it will play in the championship at 5:20 p.m. Last season at the SoCal Invite, the Bears were fifth with a 13-9 win over Stanford after falling to Pacific, 9-8, in the tournament second round.

Cal's 2011 Scenerio/Returning Standouts:
Rackov leads the MPSF with 34 goals in eight matches (4.25 gpg) and paces the Bears with 25 assists and 24 steals. Luka Saponjic is second with 19 goals and 19 assists, while Keren leads Cal with 14 ejections 2011, the Bears look to avenge last year's 12-10 overtime loss to USC in the NCAA finals and capture the national championship for the first time since upending the Trojans in the 2006 (8-7) and 2007 (8-6) title matches...the Bears have more collegiate titles (13) than any other team in the 2010, Rackov became the first player in school history to be named the winner of both the Collegiate Water Polo Coaches and the Peter J. Cutino Player of the Year awards, leading the Bears with 79 goals, 82 assists and 70 steals...Rackov was also first-team All-American, first-team All-NCAA Tournament, first-team All-MPSF and first-team MPSF All-Tournament...Cory Nasoff was a third-team All-American and second-team All-NCAA Tournament selection in 2010 after tallying 28 goals and 24 ejections earned, and this summer was a member of the USA National Team that was fourth at the WUG...Justin Parsons was also a third-team All-American last year after notching 197 saves, including 21 saves in the two NCAA tournament matches...Cal hosts the NCAA Tournament again this season, Dec. 3-4 at Spieker Aquatics Complex...

Head Coach Kirk Everist:
A 2004 inductee into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Kirk Everist is in his 10th year with a 213-60 mark (.780), leading the Bears to NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007, and MPSF crowns in 2002 and 2006. He was the 2006 NCAA Coach of the Year and 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year. A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988, earning All-America honors from 1986-88 and NCAA Player of the Year in 1988. He played for the USA National Team for nine years (1988-96)and competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. See Everist's preview Everist Interview.