February 24, 1999
Fri., Feb. 26 at USC,
McDonald's Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 27-28
at UC Santa Barbara Tournament,
Campus/Rec Pool, Santa Barbara, CA
NOTING THE BEARS: This week, the No. 2 ranked California women's water polo team (5-1) takes on No. 1 ranked USC and will try to repeat as champions of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament. The Bears opened the 1999 season by placing second at the UC San Diego Arena Invitational. Cal fell to No. 3 ranked USC, 4-3, in the championship match Feb. 14.
The Bears advanced to the title match by defeating Indiana, 20-1, Feb. 12; defeating both San Diego State and San Jose State by the score of 8-6 Feb. 13 and upsetting then No. 1 ranked Stanford, 6-3, in the semifinals Feb. 14. In the championship match, Cal and USC were tied 1-1 at halftime, but the Bears were outscored 3-1 in the third period and were not able to recover. A big difference in the match was the Trojans going 4-for-4 on 6-on-5 man-up advantage, whereas Cal was only 1-of-5.
Last week, the Bears defeated UC Davis, 8-2, Feb. 19 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. In three years as a varsity sport, Cal women's water polo team has a record of 90-20 (.818) 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 (11-3, .786), 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. 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 106 goals in her career. Last season, she was a National Championship second team selection, MPSF second team and MPSF All-Tournament Honorable Mention.
NOTING USC: The USC Trojans are 6-0 this season and are led by freshman Aniko Pelle with eight goals. Last season, USC was 22-15 overall and placed fifth at the National Collegiate Championship, held at McDonald's Swim Stadium. In 1998, Cal was 5-0 against the Trojans, including defeating USC, 7-3 May 8, in the second round of the national championship tournament.
NOTING THE GAUCHO TOURNAMENT: The UC Santa Barbara Tournament will feature 16 of the top women's water polo teams in the nation. The top seeded teams in the tournament include No. 1 ranked USC, No. 2 Cal, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 UCLA-all from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The tournament is divided into four brackets.
The A Bracket consists of USC, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and CS Bakersfield. The B Bracket consists of Cal, San Jose State, Princeton and UC San Diego B team. C Bracket consists of Stanford, UC Davis, UC San Diego and Occidental. The D Bracket consists of UCLA, San Diego State, La Verne and Loyola Marymount. The Bears will face the UC San Diego B team at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Rec Center Pool, and then take on the winner of the San Jose State-Princeton match at 4:10 p.m. at the Rec Center Pool.
If Cal wins both of its opening round matches, it will play in the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Campus Pool. If the Bears win their semifinal match, they will play in the championship at 4:10 p.m. at the Campus Pool.
The Bears defeated UCLA, 9-8 in overtime, in the championship match of last year's UC Santa Barbara Tournament.