Nov. 5, 2007
WOODLAND, CALIF. - University of California sophomore attacker Spencer Warden has been named the Nov. 5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Mikasa Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by MPSF commissioner Al Beaird. Warden, a 6-4, 190-pounder from Soquel, Calif., was a key performer in the top-ranked Bears' MPSF victories over UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara last week. In the 11-10 overtime win versus UC Irvine last Friday at Spieker Aquatics Complex, he had a team-high three assists and added a steal. In the 10-8 victory Sunday at UC Santa Barbara, Warden led Cal with three goals (along with senior Michael Sharf), had a team-high four steals, and added three assists and had one ejection earned. For the season, he has scored 22 goals in 17 matches, and is second on the team with 34 steals.
Warden is the third Bear this season to earn MPSF Player of the Week honors. On Oct. 8, senior Vladislav Andreyev was named conference player of the week after scoring 12 goals in Cal victories over Harvard (16-4), Air Force (11-2) and UC Davis (17-12). On Sept. 4, Sharf captured the league honor after collecting 18 goals, three assists, five steals and forced six ejections throughout the four matches of the Navy Open as the Bears defeated Bucknell (11-7), Navy (12-7), Johns Hopkins (23-3) and St. Francis (20-6).
Cal (22-2, 6-0 in the MPSF) next hosts No. 3-ranked USC (13-1, 4-1 MPSF) in a re-match of the 2006 NCAA title game in which the Bears defeated the Trojans, 7-6, on Jeff Tyrrell's last second shot. Earlier this season at Spieker Aquatics Complex, USC tipped Cal, 9-8, when the Trojans' Gabor Surusi capitalized on a five-meter penalty shot with five seconds left in the match during the Sept. 16 finals of the NorCal Open.