Saturday, March 15 4:30 p.m. PT - No. 4 Cal (14-3, 1-0 MPSF) at No. 1 USC (14-0, 2-0 MPSF) Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Pac-12 Networks
Sunday, March 16 12 p.m. PT - No. 4 Cal at No. 9 Loyola Marymount (10-6) Burns Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
BERKELEY – Fresh off an award-winning week, the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team travels South for a big weekend against No. 1 USC and No. 9 Loyola Marymount. The Bears are coming off a 12-10 victory over San Jose State in their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener and will look to hand the top team in the land its first loss of the season, followed by another tough test against Loyola Marymont.
Bears Sweep Weekly MPSF Awards For the second time this season, the Bears swept MPSF honors last week. Freshman Roser Tarrago was named the MPSF/KAP 7 Player of the Week after scoring six goals during Cal’s 12-10 win over San Jose State in their MPSF opener. Freshman Madeline Trabucco took home MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week honors on the heels of her 13-save performance in the win over the Spartans. On Jan. 27, junior Victoria Williams was named MPSF/KAP 7 Player of the Week and freshman Dora Antal was named the MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week. The Bears have now had the MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week five times this season.
Bears To Appear On Pac-12 Networks Cal will make the first of three appearances on the Pac-12 Networks this season for its showdown at No. 1 USC on Saturday. The Bears will also be on TV for its March 27 home match against UCLA (1:30 p.m.) and for its regular-season finale at Stanford on April 19 (5 p.m.).
The Series The Bears are 17-29 all-time against the Trojans, including six straight losses. Cal and USC met once already this season at the UC Irvine Tournament and the Trojans took a 12-7 decision in the tournament semifinals. The Bears are 11-2 all-time against Loyola Marymount, including six straight victories.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact For Bears The future looks extremely bright for the Bears, as their top three scorers are freshmen, two of whom are among the top-6 scorers in the MPSF. Dora Antal, who played in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Hungary, leads the conference at 3.25 goals per game. After missing the first six matches of the season, fellow freshman Roser Tarrago has scored 25 goals for a 2.27 average, which is tied for sixth in the MPSF. 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 been named Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, and freshman goalie Madeline Trabucco is the reigning MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week. Finally, freshman Anna Illes of Hungary also has 25 goals this season.
Last Time Out Roser Tarrago scored six goals and goalie Madeline Trabucco made 13 saves as the No. 4 Bears beat No. 10 San Jose State in their MPSF opener.