Sunday, March 23 1 p.m. PT - Cal State Bakersfield (12-16, 0-2 MPSF) at No. 4 Cal (15-4, 1-1 MPSF) Spieker Aquatics Complex - Berkeley, Calif.
BERKELEY – The No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team returns home this week to play the first of its final three home matches of the season in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup against Cal State Bakersfield at 1 p.m. The match against the Roadrunners will be the beginning of a six-day stretch in which the Bears play three matches at Spieker Aquatics Complex. After playing CSU Bakersfield, Cal welcomes No. 2 UCLA to Berkeley on Thursday, March 27 for an MPSF showdown to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, followed by a nonconference tilt against No. 7 Cal State Northridge on Saturday, March 29.
Freshmen Lead The Way The Bears are getting a lot of production from their freshmen this season, as their top three scorers are first-year players. Dora Antal leads Cal with 52 goals despite missing the past three games with an injury and paces the MPSF with an average of 3.25 goals per match. Anna Illes is second on the Bears with 32 goals while fellow freshman Roser Tarrago is right behind with 31, despite missing the first six games of the season. With Antal out of the lineup for both matches Cal played last weekend, Illes assumed a heavier scoring burden, tallying three goals against No. 1 USC and four more in a win over No. 9 Loyola Marymount.
Bears To Appear On Pac-12 Networks After making their season-debut on the Pac-12 Networks last weekend at USC, the Bears will appear on television two more times this season. The Pac-12 Networks will air Cal’s showdown against No. 2 UCLA next Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and then televise the Bears’ regular-season finale at Stanford on April 19 at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out The Bears split a pair of road matches last weekend, falling to No. 1 USC 12-7 before taking down No. 9 Loyola Marymount, 9-5. Freshmen Anna Illes and Roser Tarrago carried the load for Cal, combining to score 13 of Cal’s 16 goals in the two games. Each scored four goals in the victory over the Lions.
The Series The Bears have won all five meetings all-time against Cal State Bakersfield, including a 14-7 road victory last year, which was the Roadrunners’ first season in the MPSF.
About The Roadrunners CSU Bakersfield played last weekend at the Arizona State Tournament, where it went 3-2. The Roadrunners have two players that rank in the top-20 in the MPSF in scoring, with freshman Kristen Jensen averaging 1.61 goals per game and junior Janelle Shelby pitching in with 1.50 scores per contest.
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.