Saturday, Jan.11 California Speedo Cup 11 a.m. PT - Pacific (16-16 in 2013) vs. Cal (17-7 in 2013) 1:30 p.m. PT - Pacific vs. Stanford (29-3 in 2013) Spieker Aquatics Complex - Berkeley, Calif.
BERKELEY – The Cal women’s water polo team opens the 2014 season Saturday by hosting the California Speedo Cup at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears will take on Pacific at 11 a.m., and then UOP will meet defending NCAA runner-up Stanford at 1:30 p.m. It will be Cal’s only home match until Feb. 15.
Bears Picked Fourth In MPSF Preseason Poll Cal was chosen to finish in fourth place in the preseason Mountain Pacific Sports Federation poll, which is voted on by the conference’s coaches. It’s the second consecutive year the Bears have been tabbed to place fourth. Cal finished 2013 in fifth place in the MPSF.
Recapping 2013 The Bears went 17-7 in 2013, including 2-4 in MPSF play. Cal beat 11 ranked teams during the season and faced 18 overall. All seven of the Bears’ losses came against teams ranked No. 5 or better. Four-time All-American Emily Csikos led Cal in scoring with 49 goals and became the program’s all-time leading scorer with 216. Csikos, along with fellow seniors Dana Ochsner and Breda Vosters, earned All-American honors.
Young, McKee Named Captains Senior Ashley Young and junior Kelly McKee have been named captains for the 2014 season. Young is the Bears’ returning leading scorer from last season with 36 goals and was an All-American Third Team selection after her freshman season. McKee scored 13 goals in 2013 in her first year with the program after transferring from Hawaii. She also was placed in the Superior Category of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Women’s All-Academic Awards.
Freshman Class Has Olympic Flavor Cal’s freshman class includes two student-athletes who participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Roser Tarrago won a Silver Medal while playing for her native Spain while Dora Antal helped Hungary advace to the Bronze Medal match before falling to Australia.
Bears Represent U.S. At World University Games The Bears spent 16 days in Kazan, Russia last summer representing the United States at the World University Games. Cal was picked by USA Water Polo to be Team USA’s entry into the event, marking the first time a singluar college team was sent to compete at the competition rather than a squad of all-stars. The team was made up of 13 of Cal’s players, who played six matches and a number of other scrimmages against some of the top teams in the world.
About Pacific • The Tigers finished last season at 16-16, just the third time in school history the program has reached the .500 mark • Pacific finished 2013 ranked No. 20 in the country • UOP returns All-Americans Taylor Adair and Michele Relton