No.3 Women's Water Polo Travels to National Qualifying Tournament
April 20, 1998
NOTING THE BEARS: The No. 3 ranked California women's water polo team (21-4, 11-3 in MPSF) defeated No. 5 ranked San Diego State, 10-9, Apr. 10-12 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in Stockton. The Bears also came away from the three-day tournament with senior Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) earning all-tournament honors and senior Karen Cook (Foster City, CA) and sophomore Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA) being named tournament honorable mention.
In the first day of the MPSF Tournament, Cal defeated USC, 9-6, and Long Beach State, 18-2. Against the Trojans, Glinkowski led the Bears with three goals and junior goalie Evi Schueller (Mountain View, CA) had six saves. Against the 49ers, 15 different Cal players scored and sophomore goalie Fana Fuqua (Menlo Park, CA) had five saves.
On Apr. 11, the Bears defeated Hawaii, 8-7, in a match that had five ties and four lead changes. Alisa vonHartitzsch's goal with 1:50 left in the contest sealed the win for Cal. Schueller played another outstanding game with eight saves. The Bears then fell to Stanford, 6-1, in the semifinals. Alisa vonHartitizsch tallied the only goal for Cal.
The Bears rebounded against San Diego State, with vonHartitzsch scoring five goals against the Aztecs. She finished the tournament with 11 goals in the four matches.
The Bears are 3-4 this season against the current No. 1 (UCLA) and No. 2 ranked (Stanford) teams in the nation. Cal defeated 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. The Bear 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.
NOTING THE NATIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: The National Qualifying Tournament will feature 13 women's water polo teams with Bracket A consisting of No. 1 ranked UCLA, No. 7 UC Davis and No. 9 UC San Diego. Bracket B will consist of No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 San Diego State and No. 12 Pacific. Bracket C features No. 3 Cal, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 San Jose State. And, Bracket D has No. 7 Hawaii, No. 6 USC, No. 20 Long Beach State and No. 20 Washington.
On Friday, Cal will face San Jose State at 9:10 a.m. and UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. If the Bears win all of their matches on Friday, they will play the winner of the B Bracket (Stanford, San Diego State, Pacific) Saturday at 3:40 p.m. If Cal wins the semifinal match Saturday, it will play in the championship match Sunday at 2 p.m. In '98, the Bears have a 20-4 record against the National Qualifying field.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Five Cal players earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation postseason honors this year. Alisa von Hartitzsch was named MPSF first team, Glinkowski and junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) were named MPSF second team, Cook was named MPSF third team and sophomore Heather Petri (Orinda, CA) earned conference honorable mention. Alisa vonHartitzsch 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. This season she has a team-leading 51 goals and she now has scored 170 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 Glinkowski, who had eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament, nine goals at the MPSF Tournament and is second on the team with 38 goals. She now has 82 goals in two years as a Bear. Young, who is a member of the Canadian National Team, is third on the team in scoring with 23 goals and has tallied 164 goals in her Cal career.
Fri.-Sun., Apr. 24-26 at National Qualifying Tournament, deGuerre Pool, Stanford, CA All Day
1998 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS (21-4 Overall; 4-0 Home; 6-2 Road; 11-2 Neutral)
NAME GOALS Alisa vonHartitzsch 51 Colette Glinkowski 38 Kaliya Young 23 Karen Cook 19 Beth Irwin 15 Heather Petri 14 Melanie vonHartitzsch 10 Alicia Razzari 8 Erin Kelley 7 Beth Rasala 6 Beth Sprinkle 6 Katie Windle 6 Amy Buehler 5 Kara Griffiths 4 Corey Miller 4 Karie Gray 2 Pam Guzmann 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 219 OPPONENT TOTALS 122
GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 8 140 13 30 2.60 Evi Schueller 23 570 109 130 5.35 CAL TOTALS 25 710 122 160 4.81