Cal Olympic Sports Weekly Recap, September 18, 2013

Clive Rose

Sadly, not every week of Cal Athletics can be undefeated. The Golden Bears suffered the mortal fate of having a mix of wins, draws, and losses in this past week.

With a relatively light slate of Cal games last week, we will start on a lighthearted note.

Swimming and Diving

Another interview was released from the Missy Franklin starting at Cal press conference from few weeks ago. Here is Missy and Coach Teri McKeever recounting the story of Missy's prank about her Cal commitment.

More Missy from Pac-12 Network's Pac-12 Report (may require subscription)

Up Next:

Both the women's and men's swimming start their season this weekend at Cal Poly.

Men's Water Polo

Cal Olympic Sports Report this week focused on Men's Water Polo


Men's Water Polo played an alumni match this past weekend.

Up Next:

Cal is hosting the NorCal Invitation in Berkeley this weekend. The 3rd ranked Bears are part of a very competitve field of 16 teams.

About the NorCal Invitational: The NorCal Invitational features 16 teams, including all nine teams from the MPSF. Brackets B and C will play Saturday's matches at Cal, while Brackets A and D compete at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Bracket A consists of No. 1 seed USC, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 UC Irvine and DVC. Bracket B includes No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, No. 10 UC San Diego and No. 15 Concordia. Bracket C has No. 3 seed Cal, No. 6 Long Beach State, No. 11 Loyola Marymount and No. 14 Air Force. Bracket D features No. 4 Pacific, No. 5 Stanford, No. 12 UC Davis and No. 13 Santa Clara. On Sept. 21, Cal plays Air Force at 10:50 a.m., and if the Bears prevail, they would play the winner of Long Beach State-Loyola Marymount at 6:15 p.m. If Cal wins both of its matches Saturday, it would play at 12:15 p.m. versus the winner of Bracket B (UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Concordia). If Cal wins that match, it plays in the tournament championship at 6:15 p.m. The Bears last captured the NorCal Invitational in 2003 when they upset then-No. 1-ranked USC in overtime in the semifinals and upended No. 2-ranked and host Stanford in sudden-death overtime. Last season at the NorCal Invite at Stanford, Cal fell to UCLA, 11-10 in overtime, in the semifinals, and 9-8 to host Stanford, in the third-place match.

Volleyball

Cal Volleyball was the most successful team in the past week, extending their consecutive set win streak to 22 before falling in 5 sets to Kansas State on Saturday.

The 23rd ranked Bears opened the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational at Haas with ease, including a straight set win over a tough Santa Clara squad.

Cal Volleyball 3, Cal Poly 0

Cal Volleyball 3, Santa Clara 0

Cal Volleyball 2, Kansas State 3

On Saturday, just before the big Cal vs. OSU Football game, the Bears looked great in the first set even without an injured Jr Outside Hitter Christina Higgins. Then, the Bears dropped a set for the first time this season and then another. Facing the first loss of the season, Bears bounced back to win set 4 before not being able to overcome a slow start in set 5.

In Senior Adrienne Higgins' blog on CalBears.com, she is encouraged by the team's spirit post loss.

Although it was our first loss of the season, I left the gym with an optimistic outlook due to the unshaken positive team dynamic that has defined this year’s team thus far.

Up Next:

Bears will play at UC Davis on Thursday at 7 pm. We will have an open thread with link to live audio.

On Friday, check back at CGB when I will take a closer look at the non-conference results for the rest of the Pac-12 and how the improving Cal team should do in conference play, which begins with the Big Spike next Wedneday.

Men's Soccer

Cal Men's Soccer 1, Penn State 1

Men's Soccer traveled out to Penn State last Friday. Despite being up 1-0 for the most match after Steve Birnbaum's goal in the 19th meet. Bears allowed an equalizer in the 76th minute and the match stayed tied through the full 110 minutes including two sudden death 10 minutes OT's.

The tie did allow the Bears to rise in the ranking from 5th to 3rd/4th.

Up Next:

The Bears will host Colgate and Charleston this weekend: Colgate visits on Friday, Sept. 20, at 4:30 p.m. and the College of Charleston match is at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Field Hockey

Bears traveled to Illinois for a pair of tough tests against Northwestern and then Ohio. Unfortunately, Cal Field Hockey sort of shared the same fate as Cal Football against Northwestern and a team from the state of Ohio.

Cal Field Hockey 1, No. 12 Northwestern 2 (OT)

Cal Field Hockey 0, Ohio 1

Up Next:

The first leg of the Field Hockey version of the BIg Game happens this Saturday at Furd at 2:30 pm. Check back here for the gamethread as the match is on Pac-12 Bay Area.

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer had an alumni game this past weekend.

Up Next:

Bears next play at Santa Clara on Thursday night at 7 pm.

On Sunday and on the Pac-12 Networks, the Bears host St. Mary at 11 AM. Check back here for an open thread.

Men's Tennis

Finally, men's tennis traveled to Massachusetts to the Harvard hosted Chowder Fest. Here are the results:

Harvard Chowder Fest – Cal Results
Friday, Sept. 13
Beren Tennis Center, Boston, Mass.


11:30 a.m. ET
Doubles Flight 1: Marsland/McCloskey T1 v. F. Bergevi/G. Bayane (Cal 1) 8-5
Doubles Flight 2: De Klerk/Espejo T2 v. M. Engsted/A. Goransson (Cal 2) 8-2
Doubles Flight 3: Bautista/Santos T3 v. C. Melton/W. Houghton (Cal 3) 8-3
Singles Flight 7: J. Sanford Cal 7 v. H. Steer H7 6-0, 6-2

2:15 p.m. ET

Singles Flight 1: D. Nguyen h1 v. G. Bayane (Cal 1) 6-5, 6-1
Singles Flight 2: S. Chaudhuri H2 v. F. Bergevi (Cal 2) 6-3, 6-2
Singles Flight 3: A. Steinroeder H3 v. M. Engsted (Cal 3) 6-0, 6-2
Singles Flight 4: N. Hu H4 v. A. Goransson (Cal 4) 6-4, 5-6, 6-3
Singles Flight 5: S. Beltrame Hv. N. Jayashankar (Cal 5) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Singles Flight 6: A. Ball H6 v. W. Houghton (Cal 6) 6-5, 3-6, 6-3

Harvard Chowder Fest – Cal Results
Saturday, Sept. 14
Beren Tennis Center, Boston, Mass.

Singles – 9:30 a.m. ET
Flight 1 Bayane Cal vs. De Klerk Tulsa - 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Flight 2 Bergevi Cal vs. Marsland Tulsa 2 - 4-6, 6-2, 6-5 (0)
Flight 3 Engsted Cal vs. Bautista Tulsa 3 - 6-3, 6-4
Flight 4 Goransson Cal vs. Espejo Tulsa 4 - 6-2, 6-3
Flight 5 Jayashankar Cal vs. Santos Tulsa 5 - 6-2, 1-6, 6-0
Flight 6 Houghton Cal vs. McCloskey Tulsa 6 - 6-5(6), 6-4
Flight 7 Sanford Cal vs. Mahlangu H 4-1, 4-2
Flight 7 Sanford Cal vs. C. Haughey H 4-3, 3-4, 1-0

Doubles – 3 p.m. ET

Round 1
Flight 1 Nguyen/MacMaster Harvard vs. Bergevi/Bayane Cal 8-2
Flight 2 Yeung/Steinroeder vs. Melton/Goransson Cal 8-5
Flight 3 Hu/Beltrame Harvard vs. Engsted/Houghton Cal 8-6
Flight 4 K. Lam/Mahlangu vs. Jayashankar/Sanford Cal 8-5

Round 2
Engsted/Gregory Bayane Cal 1 vs. Spinoza/Petronijevic USD 1 8-5
Bergevi/Andre Goransson Cal 1 vs. Fitzgerald/Kalaydjian USD 2 8-2
Sanford/Wyatt Houghton Cal 3 vs. Raphaelson/Hall USD 3 8-7
Flight 7 singles Jayashankar Cal vs. C. Haughey Hvd 4-3 4-2

Harvard Chowder Fest – Cal Results
Sunday, Sept. 15
Beren Tennis Center, Boston, Mass.

Noon ET – Singles
Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Clarke Spinosa (USD) Flight 1 - 6-2, 6-3
Gregory Bayane (Cal) vs. Uros Petronijevic (USD) Flight 2 - 6-3, 6-2
Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) Flight 3 - 6-3, 6-3
Mads Engsted (Cal) vs. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) Flight 4 - 2-2, ret
Nikhil Jayashankar (Cal) vs. Andrew Raphaelson (USD) Flight 5 - 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Wyatt Houghton (Cal) vs. Patrick Hall (USD) Flight 6 - 6-4, 6-1
Jack Sanford (Cal) vs. Andrew Carlisle (USD) - Flight 7 - 6-3, 2-6, 6-5(6)

GO BEARS!

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