March 1, 1999
Fri., Mar. 5 vs. San Jose State, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 4 p.m. Sat., Mar. 6 vs. Stanford, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m.
NOTING THE BEARS: This week, the No. 2 ranked California women's water polo team (9-2, 1-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) hosts No. 9 ranked San Jose State and No. 3 ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford in MPSF matches. Last week, the Bears upset No. 1 ranked USC, 6-5, in Los Angeles in the season-opening MPSF match, and then placed third at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament. It was the second time this year the Bears have defeated a top ranked team as Cal topped Stanford at the UC San Diego Tournament. In the Santa Barbara Tournament, Cal defeated UC San Diego B team, 16-1, San Jose State, 10-3, fell to Stanford, 5-3 in the semifinals and defeated UCLA, 8-5, in the third place match. In three years as a varsity sport, Cal women's water polo team has a record of 94-21 (.817) and has placed second nationally to UCLA the past three years. The Bears were 27-6 overall and 11-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation last season.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: One of the greatest players in American water polo history, Peter Asch (15-4, .789), was named head coach of California's women's water polo team last August. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years from 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. Asch served as Cal's interim head coach during the collegiate national tournament last April, when former coach Maureen O'Toole had left the team for personal reasons. He helped the Bears finish second nationally behind UCLA, including an upset of second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.
COLETTE GLINKOWSKI: Cal's junior driver, Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the UC San Diego Invitational and was later named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week (Feb. 15). Glinkowski had a phenomenal weekend in which she scored 15 goals in five games. She lead the Bears in scoring in four of the five matches, including scoring five goal in Cal's 6-3 semifinal upset of No. 1 ranked Stanford. Glinkowski was the team's second leading scorer in '98 with 46 goals and has already tallied 112 goals in her career. Last season, she was a National Championship second team selection, MPSF second team and MPSF All-Tournament Honorable Mention.
NOTING SAN JOSE STATE, STANFORD: The San Jose State Spartans are 5-9 this season and are led by freshman Inna Fedoseyeva with 18 goals. Last week, the Spartans placed sixth at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, defeating Princeton, 5-1, falling to Cal, 10-3, defeating UC San Diego, 5-4 in overtime, and losing to San Diego State, 7-6, in the fifth-place match. Earlier this season, the Bears defeated San Jose State, 8-6, Feb. 13 at the UC San Diego Invitational. Last year, Cal was 2-0 against the Spartans, including defeating San Jose State, 13-3, in the opening round of the National Qualifying Tournament. The Stanford Cardinal are 9-2 this season (2-0 in MPSF) and are led by freshman Margie Dingeldein with 13 goals. Last week, the Cardinal placed second at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, defeating Occidental, 13-2, UC San Diego A team, 11-3, Cal, 5-3, and lost to USC, 7-4, in the championship match. Earlier this season, the Bears defeated then No. 1 ranked Stanford, 6-3, Feb. 14 at the semifinals of the UC San Diego Invitational. Last year, Cal was 3-3 against the Cardinal, including upsetting Stanford, 8-5, in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Championship.
NOTING THE USC MATCH, GAUCHO TOURNAMENT: Last week versus USC and at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, the Bears had balanced scoring with senior captains Erin Kelley (Oak Park, IL) and Melanie vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) scoring seven goals and Glinkowski tallying six goals. Eleven different Cal players scored during the five matches, including 10 different athletes scoring against UC San Diego B team. In the victory over USC, sophomore Beth Irwin (Menlo Park, CA) was the Bears leading scorer with two goals. In the third place match against three-time defending national champ UCLA, Glinkowski and vonHartitzsch had two goals apiece.