No. 3 Bears Travel To National Championship
May 3, 1999
NOTING THE BEARS: This week, the No. 3 ranked Cal women's water polo team (26-5, 7-2 in the MPSF) will travel to the National Collegiate Championship at UC Davis' Hickey Pool as the No. 3 seeded team. In the Bears last match, they fell to No. 2 ranked Stanford, 4-3, in the championship match of the Northern California Regional Qualifier in Stockton. Prior to losing to the Cardinal, Cal had won 15 matches in a row, including defeating San Jose State, 12-1, and Pacific, 11-1, in the first two matches of the Regional Qualifier. The Bears had three players-senior captains Melanie vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK, also voted team MVP) and Erin Kelley (Oak Park, IL), and junior Heather Petri (Orinda, CA)-named to the First Team All-Regional Qualification team.
On Apr. 12 Cal had captured the MPSF Tournament at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreational Center. The Bears defeated San Diego State, 9-8 in overtime; Pacific, 8-2; UC Santa Barbara, 5-2; Stanford, 5-3 and No. 1 ranked USC, 3-2, in the championship match. At the MPSF Tournament, Cal was led by sophomore Beth Irwin (Menlo Park, CA), who scored nine goals in the five matches, and vonHartitzsch, who scored six goals during the tournament, including two of the Bears three goals in the championship match. Cal continues to be led by junior Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), who has 59 goals.
VonHartitzsch is second with 35 goals and Petri is third in scoring with 29 goals. Following the MPSF Tournament, the 1999 All-Federation Selections were announced. Glinkowki was named Co-Player of the Year (along with USC's Bernice Orwig) and was a first team selection.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: One of the greatest players in American water polo history, Peter Asch (32-7, .821), was named head coach of Cal's women's water polo team last August. 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 served as Cal's interim head coach during the collegiate national tournament last April and helped the Bears finish second nationally behind UCLA, including an upset of then second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.
COLETTE GLINKOWSKI: Cal's junior driver has earned several honors this season as she has been selected MPSF Co-Player of the Year, the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the UC San Diego Invitational (Feb. 14), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week (Feb. 15) and Most Valubale Player of the Victor Aloha Classic (Mar. 27). Glinkowski scored 15 goals in five matches in the San Diego Tournament, including scoring five goal in Cals 6-3 semifinal upset of then No. 1 ranked Stanford. In the Victor Aloha Classic, Glinkowski scored seven goals in two matches with three goals in the championship match victory over Hawaii. She has led the Bears in scoring in 17 of the team's 31 matches this season. She was the teams second leading scorer in '98 with 46 goals and has already tallied 149 goals in her career. Last season, Glinkowski was a National Championship second team selection, MPSF second team and MPSF All-Tournament Honorable Mention.
NOTING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The National Championship has 16 teams, with Cal being the No. 3 seeded team. On Friday, the Bears will play No. 14 seed Princeton (24-7) at 10:30 a.m. and then the winner of the No. 6 seed San Diego State (16-16)-No. 11 seed Long Beach State (14-20) match at 5:30 p.m. If Cal win both of its matches Friday, it will play at 4 p.m. Saturday. If the Bears win their Saturday match, they will play for the national title at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Cal has lost to UCLA in the national title match the last three years. In three years as a varsity sport, the Cal women's water polo team has a record of 115-25 (.821) and three national runner-up finishes.
1999 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS (26-5 Overall; 7-2 MPSF; 6-1 Home; 5-1 Road; 15-3 Neutral)
NAME GOALS Colette Glinkowski 59 Melanie vonHartitzsch 35 Beth Irwin 29 Heather Petri 29 Breena Fleener 24 Erin Kelley 24 Julia Cesnik 16 Amy Buehler 13 Chris Lane 13 Julie Arnold 11 Shelly Johnston 6 Heather Glendinning 5 Beth Sprinkle 4 Cristen Razzari 4 Brooke Spittler 3 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 275 OPPONENT TOTALS 120Caps indicate home match; !indicates MPSF match; #indicates UC San Diego Invitational; $indicates UC Santa Barbara Tournament; indicates Victor Aloha Classic, Honolulu, HI; &indicates MPSF Tournament, Los Angeles, CA; % indicates National Qualifying Tournament, Stockton, CA; *indicates National Championship, Davis, CA.
GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Lisa Berquist 1 7 1 1 4.00 Fana Fuqua 15 254 24 55 2.65 Evi Schueller 26 619 95 149 4.30 CAL TOTALS 31 880 120 205 3.82
Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 2-12 vs. Indiana# W 20-1 WON 1 Glinkowski 4 2-13 vs. San Diego State# W 8-6 WON 2 Glinkowski 3 vs. San Jose State# W 8-6 WON 3 Fleener, Glinkowski 3 2-14 vs. Stanford# W 6-3 WON 4 Glinkowski 5 vs. Usc# L 4-3 LOST 1 vonHartitzsch 2 2-19 UC DAVIS W 8-2 WON 1 Lane 2 2-26 at Usc! W 6-5 WON 2 Irwin 2 2-27 vs. UC San Diego B$ W 16-1 WON 3 Cesnik 4 vs. San Jose State$ W 10-3 WON 4 Glinkowski, Kelley, vonHart 2 2-28 vs. Stanford$ L 5-3 LOST 1 Kelley 2 vs. UCLA$ W 8-5 WON 1 Glinkowski, vonHartitzsch 2 3-5 SAN JOSE STATE! W 13-8 WON 2 Glinkowski, Petri 3 3-6 STANFORD! L 4-2 LOST 1 Glinkowski, Lane 3-11 at Long Beach State! W 11-6 WON 1 Glinkowski 4 3-12 at San Diego State! L 7-5 LOST 1 Kelley, Petri 2 3-15 INDIANA W 14-1 WON 1 Arnold, Irwin, Petri 2 3-20 UCLA! W 10-9(OT) WON 2 Glinkowski, Irwin 3 3-21 UC SANTA BARBARA! W 7-2 WON 3 Fleener 2 3-24 at Hawaii W 8-7 WON 4 Glinkowski 4 3-26 vs. UC Santa Cruz W 15-1 WON 5 vonHartitzsch 3 3-27 vs. Pacific W 16-2 WON 6 Glinkowski 4 at Hawaii! W 9-4 WON 7 Glinkowski 3 4-2 PACIFIC! W 13-5 WON 8 Five with 2 4-10 vs. San Diego State& W 9-8 (OT)WON 9 Irwin, Petri 3 vs. Pacific& W 8-2 WON 10 Irwin 4 4-11 vs. UC Santa Barbara& W 5-2 WON 11 Glinkowski 3 vs. Stanford& W 5-3 WON 12 Irwin, vonHartitzsch 2 4-12 vs. Usc& W 3-2 WON 13 vonHartitzsch 2 4-24 vs. San Jose State% W 12-1 WON 14 Glinkowski 4 at Pacific% W 11-1 WON 15 Buehler, Irwin, Kelley 2 4-25 vs. Stanford% L 4-3 LOST 1 Glinkowski 2