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Women's Water Polo Faces Two Tough Teams
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

March 8, 1999

Thu., Mar. 11   at Long Beach State, Campus Pool, Long Beach, CA          4 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 12   at San Diego State, Bud Kearns Pool, San Diego, CA        4 p.m.
NOTING THE BEARS: This week, the No. 2 ranked California women's water polo team (10-3, 2-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) travels to No. 12 ranked Long Beach State and No. 5 ranked San Diego State for two MPSF matches. Last week, the Bears split a pair of MPSF matches, defeating San Jose State, 13-8, Mar. 5 and falling to Bay Area rival Stanford, 4-2, Mar. 6 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Against the Spartans, Cal was led by three goals apiece from juniors Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA) and Heather Petri (Orinda, CA). Senior Melanie vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK), and freshmen Chris Lane (Orinda, CA) and Breena Fleener (Leucadia, CA), added two goals each. Against Stanford, the Bears were never really in the contest as they fell behind, 2-0, after two periods and were outscored, 2-1, in the third quarter. Cal finally held the Cardinal scoreless in the final period, but it was too late as Stanford won easily, 4-2. Glinkowski and Lane tallied the two goals for the Bears. Cal continues to be led by the scoring of Glinkowski, with 26 goals. VonHartitzsch (16), Lane (12) and Fleener (11) are the other Bears who have scored in double figures. The Cardinal, who were tied with the Bears for second in the national rankings, are now 2-1 against the Cal this season. Stanford defeated the Bears, 5-3, Feb. 28 in the semifinals of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament. On Feb. 14, Cal defeated the Cardinal, 6-3, in the semifinals of the UC San Diego Tournament. In three years as a varsity sport, Cal women's water polo team has a record of 95-22 (.812) 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 (16-5, .762), 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 second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.

COLETTE GLINKOWSKI: Cal's junior driver, Colette Glinkowski, 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 has led the Bears in scoring in eighth of the team's 13 matches this season. She was the team's second leading scorer in '98 with 46 goals and has already tallied 116 goals in her career. Last season, Glinkowski was a National Championship second team selection, MPSF second team and MPSF All-Tournament Honorable Mention.

NOTING LONG BEACH STATE, SAN DIEGO STATE: The No. 12 ranked Long Beach State is 9-5 (1-1 in MPSF) this season and are led by junior driver Elizabeth Garcia with 26 goals. Last week, the 49ers defeated San Diego State, 10-9 in overtime Mar. 4 in San Diego, and fell 7-2 Mar. 5 at USC. On Monday, Long Beach State defeated Bucknell, 16-4, in Long Beach. Last season, the Bears defeated the 49ers, 13-1, Mar. 12 at Contra Costa College, and 18-2 Apr. 10 at the MPSF Tournament. The No. 5 ranked San Diego State is 7-4. Earlier this season, the Bears defeated San Diego State, 8-6, in the second round of the UC San Diego Invitational. Last year, Cal was 2-0 against the Aztecs, winning 9-5 Mar. 13 at Cal (Contra Costa College) and 10-9 Apr. 12 in the third place match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in Stockton, CA.

1999 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS
(10-3 Overall; 2-1 MPSF; 2-1 Home; 1-0 Road; 7-2 Neutral)

    NAME                             GOALS    
    Colette Glinkowski                26
    Melanie vonHartitzsch             16
    Chris Lane                        12 
    Breena Fleener                    11
    Julia Cesnik                       9
    Erin Kelley                        9
    Heather Petri                      7
    Beth Irwin                         6
    Amy Buehler                        5
    Julie Arnold                       3
    Heather Glendinning                3
    Shelly Johnston                    2
    Cristen Razzari                    1
    Beth Sprinkle                      1
    CALIFORNIA TOTALS                111
    OPPONENT TOTALS                   53

GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 4 49 7 9 4.00 Evi Schueller 13 315 46 64 4.09 CAL TOTALS 13 364 53 73 4.08

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

Caps indicate home match; !indicates MPSF match; #indicates UC San Diego Invitational; $indicates UC Santa Barbara Tournament; &indicates MPSF Tournament, Los Angeles, CA; % indicates National Qualifying Tournament, TBA; *indicates National Championship, Davis, CA.


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