The men's and women's soccer teams got the weekend off to a strong start with shutout victories in afternoon contests. The men posted a 3-0 win against Vermont over in Palo Alto at the Stanford Nike Classic, while the women opened Pac-12 play with a 1-0 win at home against Arizona State.
In a rematch of the 2010 NCAA semifinal match - in which California swept USC to advance to the first national championship match in program history - No. 12 USC turned the tables on top-ranked California. The Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season on Friday night, when the Trojans defended their home court by sweeping the Golden Bears (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
No. 12 Stanford edged No. 8 Cal, 3-2, in Palo Alto. Junior forward Rachelle Comeau scored both of Cal's goals.
California junior swimmer Caitlin Leverenz successfully defended her crown at Cal Poly's Queen of the Pool meet on Friday at Anderson Aquatic Center. The reigning queen for three consecutive seasons, Leverenz posted the lowest combined time of 4:45.12 - almost three seconds faster than last year's 4:48.03 - among the assembled Golden Bears and Mustangs after swimming in five 100-yard events.
Leverenz swam the fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.65) and 100-yard individual medley (56.79).
In a repeat performance from last season, Cal's Marcin Tarczynski was again crowned the "King of the Pool" during an exhibition pentathlon swim meet at Cal Poly's Anderson Aquatic Center in San Luis Obispo, combining the day's overall fastest times in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 individual medley. Tarczynski, a sophomore from Warsaw, Poland, had the lowest aggregate time of 4:16.18, edging senior teammate Martin Liivamagi's overall mark of 4:17.50 and junior standout Tom Shield's time of 4:17.79.
The California men's tennis team earned three singles victories and added a win in doubles at the conclusion of the first day of the 2011 Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic at the Meadowood Resort. USTA junior players went 5-3 in singles matches, but Cal had the distinction as one of two collegiate squads to post a 3-1 mark after day one. UCLA was the other team.
Senior Ahmed Ismail replaced No. 26-ranked junior Carlos Cueto in Cal's lineup and impressed with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tulsa's Grant Ive to open up the day. No. 45-ranked senior Nick Andrews and sophomore Ben McLachlaneach earned wins over USTA juniors. Andrews took out JC Aragone, 6-2, 7-5, and McLachlan mounted a comeback to give the Golden Bears a third win as he defeated Luca Corinteli, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Senior Daniela Holmqvist is in a tie for ninth place after the first round of the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview tournament in Franklin, Tenn. Holmqvist shot a one-over 73 to pace the Bears.
California, playing against some of the top teams in the nation at the par-72, 6,426 yard Vanderbilt Legends Club, ended the first round in 15th place in the field of 18 teams, turning in a 306 (+18). USC leads the field at +4 (292). Overall, the scores for all the teams were much higher than recent Mason Rudolph Tournaments. The conditions in the morning were cool and the course played longer than usual. New Bermuda greens played a factor as well.