Friday, May 9 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals 5:15 p.m. PT - Arizona State (15-10) vs. Cal (19-8) Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream, Twitter
Saturday, May 10 NCAA Tournament Semifinals TBA Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream, Twitter
Sunday, May 11 NCAA Tournament Finals TBA Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream, Twitter
BERKELEY – The third-ranked Cal women’s water polo team will partiicpate in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history this weekend at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of USC. The Bears are the No. 4 seed in the 10-team field and will face fifth-seeded Arizona State in a quarterfinal match on Friday at 5:15 p.m. PT. Cal last qualified for the NCAA field in 2011, when it advanced to the championship match. The Bears made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.
Cal In the NCAA Tournament The Bears are 4-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a second-place finish in 2011 and a third-place showing in 2010. This is Cal’s third-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament
Bears To Face Arizona State For Third Time In A Month When the Bears and Sun Devils face off on Friday, it will mark the third meeting between the teams since April 12. Arizona State defeated Cal 6-5 in an MPSF showdown in Tempe but the Bears came back to edge the Sun Devils 8-7 in overtime in the Third Place Game of the MPSF Tournament on April 27. Dating back to the 2012 season, the past five matches between the teams have been decided by one goal, including two that have gone into overitme.
Cal Earns Second-Highest Ranking Ever The Bears are ranked No. 3 in this week’s CWPA Top-20, the second-highest ranking in program history. Cal was ranked No. 2 in 2011. The Bears have been in the top-5 of the CWPA poll every week since midway through the 2009 season.
Dora Antal named MPSF Newcomer of the Year Cal freshman Dora Antal was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year after leading the conference in scoring with an average of 2.96 goals per game. Antal has 71 goals overall this season, the second-most ever by a freshman at Cal and the fourth-higest total overall. Antal was named MPSF Newcomer of the Week three times during the season and twice scored six goals in a game, the second-highest by an MPSF player in 2014. Antal is the first Cal player ever to be named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year.
Bears Rake In Honors Cal was well-represented on the All-MPSF teams that were announced following the conclusion of the regular season. Freshman Dora Antal was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year and was placed on the All-MPSF First Team as well as the MPSF All-Newcomer Team. Senior Ashley Young earned All-MPSF Second Team honors while junior Kelly McKee and freshman Anna Illes were named All-MPSF honorable mention. Illes and freshman Roser Tarrago joined Antal on the All-Newcomer Team.
Cal Has Memorable MPSF Tournament The Bears had an MPSF Tournament that won’t be soon forgotten. Their third-place finish was the second-best in school history and they won two games in overtime. Cal beat San Jose State in regular overtime and defeated Arizona State in the Third Place Game in sudden death overtime when freshman Dora Antal scored on the first possession. Antal was named to the MPSF All-Tournament Team.
Youth Gets It Done Cal’s success this season is especially impressive given the team’s inexperience. The Bears are the only team in the country that starts five freshman, and first-year players are responsible for 57 percent of the team’s scoring. The explosive freshman trio of Dora Antal, Anna Illes and Roser Tarrago have combined for 49 percent of the Bears’ goals scored this season.
Assaulting The Record Books This season is causing some serious revisions to the Cal record book. Freshman Dora Antal is in second place on the school’s freshman single-season scoring list with 71 goals, a mark that also is fourth-best all-time overall. Meanwhile, Anna Illes is now in third place on the freshman single-season scoring list with 46 goals, while Roser Tarrago’s 41 goals is tied for sixth 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 133 goals, which is good for 10th place all-time at Cal.
NCAA Championships The 2014 NCAA Championships are being held Friday-Sunday at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of USC. The schedule is as follows: Friday (First Round) Game 1 - No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 UC San Diego, Noon Game 2 - No. 3 USC vs. No. 6 Arizona State, 1:45 p.m. Game 3 - No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Indiana, 3:30 p.m. Game 4 - No. 4 Cal vs. No. 5 Arizona State, 5:15 p.m. Saturday (Semifinals) Game 5 - Losers Games 1 and 2, Noon Game 6 - Losers Games 3 and 4, 1:45 p.m. Semifinal 1 - Winners Games 3 and 4, 3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2 - Winners Games 1 and 2, 5:15 p.m. Sunday (Finals) Seventh Place - Losers Game 5 and 6, Noon Fifth Place - Winners Games 5 and 6, 1:45 p.m. Third Place - Semifinal losers, 3:30 p.m. Championship - Semifinal winners, 5:30 p.m.