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Jan. 16, 2013
Saturday, January 19
11 a.m. - No. 4 Cal (0-0) at Pacific (0-0)
Kjeldsen Pool - Stockton, Calif.
BERKELEY - The No. 4 Cal's women's water polo team opens the 2013 season Saturday with a road match at Pacific. The Bears and Tigers will face off at UOP's Kjeldsen Pool at 11 a.m (The Bears will also play a scrimmage against the Tigers afterward). The Bears went 18-9 last year and ended the season ranked No. 4 in the nation. Cal welcomes back three-time All-American driver Emily Csikos, who sat out last season to train with the Canadian National Team. The Bears also return All-Americans Breda Vosters, Dana Ochsner and Ashley Young, as well as 2012 MPSF All-Newcomer selection Tiera Schroeder.
Csikos To Provide Boost
The Bears will get a big injection of scoring with the return this season of senior Emily Csikos, a three-time All-American who didn't play in 2012 to compete with the Canadian National Team. Csikos, who scored 10 goals in five matches for Canada during last year's Olympic Qualification Tournament, has scored 167 goals in her Cal career and needs 56 more to become the Bears' all-time leading scorer. Csikos was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman in 2009 and a first team All-American in 2010 and 2011. Csikos scored 69 goals in 2010, the fifth-best mark all-time at Cal. In 2011, she was a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award, given to the top player in the country.
With Csikos out last season, senior Breda Vosterscarried the scoring load. She led the Bears in goals for the second straight year, tallying 49 in 25 matches and being named a first team All-American. Vosters scored 63 goals in 2011, the ninth-best mark ever at Cal, and was a third team American.
The Tigers went 11-18 last season, 1-4 in the Big West Conference (tie-fourth)
UOP coach James Graham is in his first year with the program. He previously coached the Tigers' men's water polo team for the past five years
Junior Elise Martin was an Honorable Mention All-American last season after registering 48 goals
This And That
Cal is 29-0 all-time against Pacific, including a 9-4 win during last year's Cal Speedo Invitational.
The Bears advanced to to the NCAA title match in 2011, falling to Stanford in the finals.
Two-meter Dana Ochsner has been named second team All-American in each of the past two seasons.
Junior driver Ashley Young was a third team All-American as a freshman in 2011.
Sophomore driver Tiera Schroeder was selected to the MPSF All-Newcomer team last year after scoring 14 goals in 27 matches.
Next Week in the Pool
The Bears will play their home opener on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Michigan at Spieker Pool at 6 p.m. Cal is 5-0 all-time against the Wolverines, including a 9-7 victory last season at the Stanford Invitational.