Saturday, March 8 1 p.m. PT - No. 10 San Jose State (13-8, 0-1 MPSF) vs. No. 4 Cal (13-3, 0-0) Spieker Aquatics Complex - Berkeley, Calif.
BERKELEY – After a week off, the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team returns to the pool Saturday to open up Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Play against Bay Area rival San Jose State. The Bears enter the match with a record of 13-3, with its only losses coming to the three teams ranked ahead of them in the CWPA Top 20 - USC, UCLA and Stanford. Cal and San Jose State have met once this season, with the Bears prevailing 9-8 at the Stanford Invitational. The Bears are 41-1 all-time against the Spartans, including 15 straight victories against them.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact For Bears The future looks extremely bright for the Bears, as three of their top four scorers are freshmen. That includes MPSF leading scorer Dora Antal (3.25 goals per game), who played in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Hungary. After missing the first six matches of the season, fellow freshman Roser Tarrago has scored 19 goals for a 1.90 average. Tarrago won a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics playing for her native Spain. Antal has been named the MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week three times this season, one short of the conference record. Tarrago has received the honor once. Another freshman, Hungary’s Anna Illes, ranks second on the team with 24 goals scored.
Climbing The Ranks A handful of Cal players are making a dent in the school record book this season. With 52 goals, Dora Antal already ranks third on Cal’s all-time freshman single-season scoring list. She also only needs six more goals to break into the program’s top-10 all-time list overall. Antal has two six-goal games this season and fellow freshman Roser Tarrago has one, tying for third-most in a game in school history. With 21 saves this season, junior Savanna Smith now has 189 for her career, putting her four short of sixth place on Cal’s all-time list. Also, lone senior Ashley Young now has 121 career goals, just seven shy of breaking into the top-10 in school history.
Last Time Out The Bears took fourth place at the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 22-23. Cal knocked off No. 16 UC Santa Barbara 10-4 and No. 5 UC Irvine 12-6 before falling to No. 1 USC 12-7 and No. 2 Stanford 14-8. Freshman Roser Tarrago led the way with six goals for the weekend.
On The Big Stage Cal will appear three times on the Pac-12 Networks this season, with the first showing taking place next Saturday (3/15) at No. 1 USC at 4:30 p.m. Cal will then host No. 2 UCLA for a 1:30 p.m. match on Thursday, March 27. Cal’s final televised match will be in its regular-season finale at No. 3 Stanford on April 19 at 5 p.m.
About San Jose State • The Spartans feature the MPSF leader in total goals in Clara Espar Llaquet, a freshman from Barcelona who has totalled 61 scores this season. Her 2.90 average ranks second in the conference behind Cal’s Dora Antal • Sophomore Rae Lekness, one of the top freshmen in the MPSF last year, ranks fourth in the MPSF in scoring with an average of 2.67 per game • The Spartans have six wins over ranked oppnents this season