All four Cal players represented in the Women’s Water Polo World Junior Championships tasted victory Monday on the first day of preliminary round play in Volos, Greece.
Junior Tiera Schroeder, playing for the United States, scored a goal as the Americans defeated Kazakhstan, 18-8. Freshman Roser Tarrago, playing for her native Spain, registered a team-high four goals to lead her country to an 18-8 victory over Canada. Freshmen Dora Antal and Anna Illes helped Hungary to a 13-5 win over Great Britain. Antal led the Hungarians with three goals while Illes added one.
Tarrago was on Spain’s team that won the Gold Medal earlier this month at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. She also played on Spain’s 2012 Olympic Team that captured the Silver Medal.
Antal and Illes were also on Hungary’s team that competed at the World Championships and took home a Bronze Medal. Antal was a 2012 Olympian as well.
Schroeder ranked fourth on the Bears with 27 goals last season. Cal finished the year 17-7 and ranked fifth in the country.
Preliminary round play continues Tuesday with the United States taking on Italy, Spain meeting Greece and Hungary going up against Russia.