No. 2 Cal Men's Water Polo Travels to Southern California Tournament
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Sept. 11, 2000
BERKELEY, CA - Sat.-Sun. Sept. 16-17 at Southern California Tournament, Corona del Mar, CA All Day
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (16-11, .593), is in his second year as Cal's men's water polo coach after leading the Bears to a 14-11 record and a third place national ranking last season. 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 also serves as the Bears women's water polo coach where he has amassed a 62-16 record (.795) and was named the 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal men's water polo team, ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Top 20 poll, will travel this weekend to Corona del Mar High School to compete in the 12 team Southern California Tournament. The Bears started off the 2000 season in fine fashion with a 15-5 victory over UC Davis Sept. 8 in Woodland, CA and a 12-8 victory over No. 9 ranked Pacific Sept. 9 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. In the victory over UC Davis, the Bears were led by senior driver Eldad Hazor's (Tivon, Israel) three goals, while four other Cal players, Todd Hylton (Costa Mesa, CA), Spencer Dornin (Laguna Beach, CA), Will Quist (Woodside, CA) and Joe Kaiser (Novato, CA), added two goals apiece. In the home opener against Pacific, the Bears came back from a 3-1 first quarter deficit to tie the match, 5-5, at halftime. The Tigers scored the first goal in the second half, but from there it was all Cal as the Bears outscored Pacific, 7-2, the rest of the way for the 12-8 win. Cal was led by a career-high five goals from junior two-meter man Mike West (San Jose, CA) and four goals from Hazor. A top returner for Cal is senior two-meter man Jerry Smith (Long Beach, CA), who was the Bears leading scorer last season with 48 points (three, two point goals) and earned first team All-America, first team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and first team All-MPSF Tournament. Other returners who earned accolades last season include Hazor and Dornin, who were named honorable mention All-MPSF. Hazor was second on the team in scoring last season with 30 points, including two, two-point goals. Dornin had 15 points last season with one, two-point goal. Cal will also be depending on the two-meter defense of West and the emergence of talented freshman driver Attila Banhidy, from Eger, Hungary. The Bears will be utilizing a pair of young goalies to start the 2000 season in sophomore Russell Bernstein (La Canada, CA) and redshirt freshman Tim Kates (Atherton, CA). Four former Cal athletes, Gavin Arroyo (1990-93), Chris Humbert (1988-91), Sean Nolan (1991-94) and Chris Oeding (1989-92) are members of the USA 2000 Olympic Team that is competing in Sydney, Australia. Cal water polo has won 11 NCAA titles, more than any other school in the nation. The Bears have also had 12 Conference Players of the Year, 13 Collegiate Players of the Year, over 140 All-Americans and 25 Olympians.
NOTING SOCAL TOURNAMENT: The SoCal Tournament features 12 teams that are all ranked in the preseason Top 20 poll. Group A consists of No. 1 UCLA, No. 7 Long Beach State and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara. Group B consists of No. 2 Cal, No. 5 Pepperdine and No. 11 UC San Diego. Group C consists of No. 3 Stanford, No. 9 Pacific and No. 13 Air Force. Group D consists of No. 4 USC, No. 6 UC Irvine and No. 18 Navy. On Sept. 16, Cal will face Pepperdine at 1:25 p.m. and UC San Diego at 5:45 p.m. If the Bears win both of their matches Saturday, they will play at 12:20 p.m. Sunday versus the winner of the Stanford, Pacific and Air Force group. If Cal wins that match, it will play in the tournament championship at 5:45 p.m.