Feb. 17, 1998Thur., Feb. 19
at UC Davis, Davis, CA
NOTING THE BEARS: In the California women's water polo team's season-opening competition Feb. 5-8 in San Diego, the Golden Bears (4-1) lost in the championship match to nemesis and defending national champion UCLA, 11-4, at the UC San Diego Women's Water Polo Invitational Feb. 8. As well as losing to the Bruins last weekend, the Bears have now lost to UCLA, 6-3, in the 1997 Collegiate National Championship title match in Ann Arbor, MI, and 8-4 in the 1996 national title match. Despite losing to UCLA two years in a row, the Bears are the only team to have defeated the Bruins in the last two years. In '97, Cal gave UCLA its only loss (4-3), Feb. 15 at the UC San Diego Invitational; and in '96 the Bears defeated the Bruins, 8-7, in the finals of the Western Regional Qualifying Tournament. Prior to the San Diego Tournament, Cal rolled past UC San Diego, 15-2, Feb. 5 in the Bears season-opener. In the opening round of the San Diego Invite Feb. 6, Cal defeated UC Davis, 13-6, and USC, 7-3, in pool play. The Bears then took on Bay Area rival Stanford in the semifinals Feb. 7 and defeated the Cardinal, 7-6, before falling to UCLA in the championship match.
Last weekend (Feb. 13-16) at U.S. Senior Nationals in Seattle, WA, the Bears placed second in the national club championships, losing 6-5 to the Cal-Davis club team. The Cal-Davis club team had four members of the U.S. National Team which competed at the World Championships last month in Perth, Australia, including former Cal athletes Courtney Johnson (1996) and Lynn Wittstock (1985). Club competition does not count on the Bears season record or stats.
HEAD COACH MAUREEN O'TOOLE: Maureen O'Toole is in her third year as Cal's head women's water polo coach with a 66-15 (.815) career record. Last season, O'Toole led her squad to a 30-8 record and a second-place national finished. She was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Northern Division Coach of the Year (in both '96 and '97) and Women's Collegiate I Division Coach of the Year by the American Water Polo Coaches Association in 1996. As a player, O'Toole is a 15-time MVP of the U.S. National Championships, a six-time world MVP and is a four-time national Sportswomen of the Year as named by the U.S. Olympic Committee. She competed this past January at the World Championships in Perth, Australia, along with current Cal player Alisa vonHartitzsch.
NOTING UC DAVIS: At the UC San Diego Invitational (Triton Women's Water Polo Invitational) UC Davis went 1-3 and finished sixth. The Aggies lost to Cal, 13-6; lost to Stanford, 7-2; defeated USC, 8-7, in the semifinals; and fell to San Diego State, 9-8, in the fifth-place match. UC Davis was led by the scoring of Kim Parker, who tallied nine goals during the four matches. Jennifer Cleland scored four goals in the loss to Cal. Last season, the Bears defeated the Aggies three times--9-2, Feb. 26 at Cal; 10-6, Mar. 2 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament and 7-2, Mar. 12 at UC Davis.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Senior Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) was dominant at the UC San Diego Invitational, scoring 14 goals and leading the Bears in scoring in each of the four tournament matches. VonHartitzsch also had three goals in the victory over UC San Diego Feb. 5. She now has scored 136 goals in less than two years playing at Cal. VonHartitzsch scored six of the Bears seven goals in the victory over Stanford. Junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) paced the Bears with five goals in the season-opening victory over UC San Diego. Another top scorer for Cal was sophomore Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), who has scored seven goals already on the season and had three goals in the victory over UC Davis.1998 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS
(4-1 Overall; 0-0 Home; 1-0 Road; 3-1 Neutral)
NAME GOALS Alisa vonHartitzsch 17 Colette Glinkowski 7 Kaliya Young 6 Melanie vonHartitzsch 4 Heather Petri 2 Beth Rasala 2 Beth Sprinkle 2 Amy Buehler 1 Karen Cook 1 Karie Gray 1 Erin Kelley 1 Alicia Razzari 1 Katie Windle 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 46 OPPONENT TOTALS 28 GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 1 14 1 6 2.00 Evi Schueller 5 126 27 34 6.00 CAL TOTALS 5 140 28 40 5.60 Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 2-5 at UC San Diego W 15-2 WON 1 Young 4 2-7 vs. UC Davis# W 13-6 WON 2 A. vonHartitzsch 5 vs. Usc# W 7-3 WON 3 A. vonHartitzsch 2 2-8 vs. Stanford# W 7-6 WON 4 A. vonHartitzsch 6 vs. Ucla# L 11-4 LOST 1 Four with 1 Caps indicate home match; #indicates UC San Diego Invitational; $indicates UC Santa Barbara Tournament; &indicates MPSF Tournament, Stockton, CA; % indicates National Qualifying Tournament, Stanford, CA; *indicates National Championship, Los Angeles, CA.