California completed the second day of hidden dual matches on Saturday evening at the Morgan Run Club & Resort, as light rain delayed the completion of the singles matches. The Golden Bears captured 12 matches and lost nine in the competition hosted by the University of San Diego.
California closed its run in the Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational by winning all 10 of its matches on Saturday at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch on the island of Maui.
Former California All-American Valerie Arioto (2008-12) will once again don the Red, White and Blue this summer after being named to the U.S. Women's National Team.
Two Golden Bear alums, Steve Birnbaum and Christian Dean, were named as invites to the USMNT's January camp.
California continues its 133rd year on January 17, kicking off the spring season of traditional 15-a-side rugby playing the same format that will be contested this summer at the world's third-most watched sporting event, the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Golden Bears tip-off against UCLA tonight at 4:30 pm Pacific Time at Pauley Pavilion.
CalBears.com: What is the difference between Jordan Mathews as a freshman and Jordan Mathews as a sophomore?
Jordan Mathews: Maturity. Everything has slowed down for me this year on the court compared to last year. It is easier to make plays now that I have adjusted to the college game.
CB: How did you prepare in the off-season for your sophomore year?
JM: I worked on my ball handling a lot and quickness on my shot. I had thousands of reps in the gym. I really worked with Coach Christopher on my strength & conditioning. I am looking at photos of me from last year and this year and I am five pounds heavier, but I look and feel much leaner. I just shed a lot of that baby fat off.
Bears junior Kevin Wolting impressed in the first meet of the season, finishing second in the all-around competition with a career-best score of 87.750. His evening was highlighted by a 15.000 on vault and 14.900 on high bar for the Bears, who dropped the 2015 opener to Stanford.
CalBears.com: What is the most rewarding part of being a collegiate coach?
Brett McClure: "Just to be able to help these young men with their academics and their athletic career is awesome to witness during this time period because this is when they are growing the most. They are the strongest they will ever be during this period of time and they are just learning so much about themselves, both inside and outside of the gym. They are learning about who they are, what they want to do, what their career is going to be and it is just extremely gratifying to know that you have a very large impact on hopefully the direction of their life and what they are going to do."
CB: What are some of the unique benefits to coaching at a strong academic institution like Cal?
BM: "One of the more unique benefits is that there is such a strong alumni base that has this network of resources available to any newcomers that come in and are maybe starting a similar career-path. There are 104 years of history of Cal men's gymnastics and there are so many successful people out there in the real world that are still actively participating in the program in some shape or form. You've got doctors, lawyers, start-up gurus, CEO's and really anyone you could think of, coming into the gym on a regular basis. Not a lot of institutions can say that, and this is a very unique place. It is very prestigious and those who have come from Cal have a very large impact on our society, which is pretty awesome."
For just the second time in program history and the first time since 1992, the California women's gymnastics team starts the season with five wins. The No. 14 Golden Bears (5-0, 1-0 Pac-12) improved their perfect record with a 194.875-194.250 win over Sacramento State Friday evening in Hornet territory.
The win marks the first time since 1992 that the Bears have started their season 5-0. In 1992, Cal went undefeated through three meets with six wins before losing to Washington in the fourth meet of the season.
Bears in the Pros
Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett was one of the clear breakout stars of the 2014 season, and he took full advantage of the situation around him to post what was clearly the best season of his career at the age of 29. Forsett was a nice change-of-pace back during his productive days with the Seattle Seahawks early in his career, but nobody could have imagined him turning 235 carries into 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns as a true feature back in this league.
Forsett did exactly that, and even though his season ends with a Ravens defeat at the hands of the comeback New England Patriots, he was one of the best players on the field in yesterday's loss. After averaging 5.4 yards per carry in the regular season to lead all backs, he dominated the Patriots on the ground with 129 yards on 24 carries for an average of, you may have guessed it, 5.4 yards per carry. His longest run went for 19 yards, so Forsett's high YPC average came from consistent chunks of yardage, rather than one big run (that would be the Chris Johnson way).