Saturday, Feb. 15 1 p.m. PT - No. 11 Long Beach State (5-4) vs. No. 4 Cal (9-1) 5 p.m. PT - No. 16 Santa Clara (3-4) vs. No. 4 Cal Spieker Aquatics Complex - Stanford, Calif.
BERKELEY – After a week off, the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team will return to Spieker Aquatics Complex for the first time since Opening Day and host a pair of matches against ranked teams. First, the Bears will take on No. 11 Long Beach State at 1 p.m. Cal defeated the 49ers 13-6 earlier this season at the UC Santa Barbara Invitational. At 5 p.m., No. 16 Santa Clara makes the short bus ride up from the South Bay to meet the Bears. Cal hasn’t played a match at Spieker Pool since opening the season with a 12-4 victory over Pacific at the California Speedo Cup.
Antal Makes Immediate Impact Freshman Dora Antal has been one of the best players in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation so far this season. A member of Hungary’s 2012 Olympic Team, Antal enters the weekend leading the conference with an average of 4.00 goals per game and has already been named MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week three times. Antal has two six-goal games this season - tying for third on Cal’s all-time single-game scoring list. Only six other players in school history have scored six goals in a game. Antal has led the Bears in scoring in all but one match his season.
Last Time Out Cal went 3-1 at the Stanford Invitational Feb. 1-2, defeating No. 14 San Jose State, No. 16 Michigan and No. 5 UC Irvine. The Bears also dropped an overtime contest to No. 3 UCLA. Freshman Dora Antal scored 15 goals in the four matches while fellow Hungarian and freshman Anna Illes tallied seven goals.
Olympian Tarrago Makes Debut Freshman Roser Tarrago made her college debut at the Stanford Invitaional and scored six goals in four games. Tarrago won the Silver Medal playing for her native Spain at 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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.
About Long Beach State • The 49ers opened the season with a 13-6 loss to Cal • Long Beach State is led by junior Justine Morgan, who has a team-best 16 goals. Senior Chelsea Parks, who earned ACWPC All-America honorable mention last year, has 14 goals.
About Santa Clara • The Broncos knocked off No. 9 San Diego State last weekend at the UCSD Triton Invitational • Santa Clara is led by senior Kaitlyn Murphy, who has 13 goals. Her goal with 53 seconds left forced overtime against San Diego St.