Friday, April 25 MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals 2:30 p.m. PT - No. 5 San Jose State (20-11, 2-4 MPSF) vs. No. 4 Cal (17-7, 2-4 MPSF) Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream, Twitter
Saturday, April 26 MPSF Tournament Semifinals TBA Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream, Twitter
Sunday, April 27 MPSF Tournament Finals TBA Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream, Twitter
BERKELEY – The stakes will be higher the next time the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team gets in the pool, as the Bears travel to Southern California this weekend for the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of USC. Cal earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will open play in Friday’s quarterfinals against No. 5 San Jose State at 2:30 p.m. The winner will move on to play top-seeded Stanford in Saturday’s semifinals at 2:30 p.m. while the loser will play in the Fifth Place Game on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Cal In the MPSF Tournament The Bears are 22-17 all-time in the MPSF Tournament, which began in 2001. Cal won the conference tournament championship in 1999 and 2011. The Bears’ title three years ago marks the only time since 2007 that USC or UCLA did not win the crown. Cal hosted the MPSF Championships last season.
Bears Push No. 1 Stanford To The Limit Cal went toe-to-toe with No. 1 Stanford for most of its regular season finale Saturday in Palo Alto before dropping a 9-6 decision. The Bears trailed just 6-5 at halftime and were still within 7-5 with 4:28 to go. Freshman goalie Madeline Trabucco made seven saves, including a handful of high-quality efforts. Freshmen Dora Antal and Anna Illes each scored twice for Cal.
Trabucco Named MPSF Newcomer of the Week Cal goalie Madeline Trabucco has been named the MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week for her performance at No. 1 Stanford last weekend. Trabucco, a freshman from Santa Barbara, Calif., made a number of excellent saves and finished with seven ovverall as the Bears stayed close throughout before falling 9-6. Trabucco made a terrific save on a breakway lob shot by Stanford’s Ashley Grossman with Cal trailing 6-5 in the third quarter and also turned away a penalty shot. It was the second Newcomer of the Week honor for Trabucco this season. he Bears are 22-17 all-time in the MPSF Tournament, which began in 2001. Cal won the conference tournament championship in 1999 and 2011. The Bears’ title three years ago marks the only time since 2007 that USC or UCLA did not win the crown. Cal hosted the MPSF Championships last season.
Freshman Antal Eyes Conference Scoring Title Since she exploded on to the scene with a six-goal performance in Cal’s second match this season, Dora Antal has ruled the MPSF in scoring. The freshman from Eger, Hungary has led the conference in scoring average the entire season, including this week with a 3.10 goals-per-game average. Antal has been Cal’s leader or co-leader in goals in 17 of the 21 matches she has played this season. She has six two-goal games, one against UC Davis and the other against No. 16 Michigan. Antal is looking to become the first Cal player to lead the MPSF in scoring average since Alisa Von Hartizsch in 1997.
Freshmen Carry The Load Much of the Bears’ offensive production this season is coming from freshmen, as their top three scorers are all first-year players, and they each rank among the top-11 in the MPSF. Dora Antal paces the MPSF with a 3.10 goal average (65 overall) while Roser Tarrago is sixth in the conference at 2.06 goals per game. Anna Illes, who is second on the team in goals with 44, is 11th in the MPSF in goal average at 1.83. Illes has been Cal’s leader or co-leader in goals scored in seven of the past nine matches. Overall, the trio has accounted for 49 percent of the Bears’ scoring this season, and 57 percent have come from the entire freshmen class.
Assaulting The Record Books This season is causing some serious revisions to the Cal record book. Freshman Dora Antal is tied for second on the school’s freshman single-season scoring list with 65 goals, a mark that also is tied for seventh-best all-time overall. Meanwhile, Anna Illes is now tied for third place on the freshman single-season scoring list with 44, while Roser Tarrago’s 37 goals ranks eighth in that category. Antal and Tarrago each have two six-goal games this season, which is tied for third on Cal’s single-game scoring list. Meanwhile, senior Ashley Young has moved into the school’s top-10 list in career scoring with 129 goals, which is good for 10th place all-time at Cal.
MPSF Tournament The MPSF Tournament takes place Friday-Sunday at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center. All seven teams in the conference will participate. The schedule is as follows: Friday (Quarterfinals) Game 1 - No. 2 Seed UCLA vs. No. 7 Seed CSU Bakersfield, 10:30 a.m. Game 2 - No. 3 Seed USC vs. No. 6 Seed Arizona State, 12:30 p.m. Game 3- No. 4 Seed Cal vs. No. 5 Seed San Jose St., 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Semifinals) Game 4 - Losers Games 1 and 2, 10:30 a.m. Game 5 – Winners Games 1 and 2, 12:30 p.m. Game 6 - No. 1 Seed Stanford vs. Winner Game 3, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 27 (Finals) Fifth Place Game - Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 10:30 a.m. Third Place Game - Losers Games 5 and 6, 12:30 p.m. Championship - Winners Games 5 and 6, 2:30 p.m.
Kelly’s Chronicles Go inside Cal’s women’s water polo program every week with Kelly McKee’s blog, “Kelly’s Chronicles” on CalBears.com. Every week, McKee provides an inside look at everything going on with the program. From their battles in the water, to the locker room, to the classroom, to their experiences on the road, McKee, a junior driver from Calgary, Alberta, pulls back the curtain to give fans a closer look at Cal’s women’s water polo program.
2014 Bears Have Olympic Flavor Two members of Cal’s team this year participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Freshman Roser Tarrago won the Silver Medal while playing for her native Spain while fellow freshman Dora Antal helped Hungary to the Bronze Medal Game.
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 singular college team was sent to compete at the competiton 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 during the trip.
Cal Signs Two For 2015 Two student-athletes with a wealth of international experience have signed a National Letter of Intent to join Cal’s women’s water polo program. Carla Carrega, who has been a member of Italy’s national team program since 2009, and Kindred Paul, a member of Canada’s Junior National Team, will join the Bears for the 2015 season. Carrega and Paul join U.S. Youth National Team standout Kacey Avalos, who signed in the fall, to make up the 2014 recruiting class.