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In mostly tuneup matches, Golden Bears open seasons with predominantly victories across the board.

Edward Tandy vs. UCLA in 2015 Storer Classic tournament
Edward Tandy vs. UCLA in 2015 Storer Classic tournament
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Schedule:

Longing for the chance to see a likely dominant Cal victory on TV? A dual meet involving both the men and women of Cal Swimming at Arizona will be broadcasted live by the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday. The meet starts at 10:20 AM but the TV coverage will begins at 11 AM.

The swimming meet (both men and women) vs. Arizona State today at noon will also be streamed live.

Since the students are back, several Cal teams will kick off their winter/spring semester home schedule this weekend. Women's Gymnastics hosts Arizona State, San Jose State, and Denver in the home opener.

Cal Rugby hosts Cal Poly with a reserve grade match to follow the main match, on Saturday at 1 pm.

Both men and women's tennis (ranked 15th and 6th in the country, respectively) will also be home this weekend, hosting the ITA kick-off for the chance to advance to the ITA top 16. The Bears will re-open the newly renovated Hellman Tennis center.

Fri,
Jan 23
Men's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Harvard Berkeley, CA 10:00 a.m.
Fri,
Jan 23
Women's Swimming & Diving Arizona State at Tempe, AZ 12:00 p.m. Live Stream Live Event
Fri,
Jan 23
Men's Swimming & Diving Arizona State at Tempe, AZ 12:00 p.m. Live Stream Live Event
Fri,
Jan 23
Men's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Mississippi St. vs North Carolina St. Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Fri,
Jan 23
Women's Water Polo Santa Barbara Invitational: CSU Bakersfield Santa Barbara, CA 4:30 p.m.
Fri,
Jan 23
Women's Water Polo Santa Barbara Invitational: Azusa Pacific Santa Barbara, CA 6:00 p.m.
Fri,
Jan 23
Women's Basketball USC * at Los Angeles, CA 7:00 p.m. Live Stream Live Stats
Sat,
Jan 24
Track/Field All Comers Meet Berkeley, CA All Day Notes
Sat,
Jan 24
Men's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Consolation Match Berkeley, CA 10:00 a.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Women's Swimming & Diving Arizona at Tucson, AZ 10:20 a.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Men's Swimming & Diving Arizona at Tucson, AZ 10:20 a.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Rugby vs. Cal Poly (Reserve-grade match follows) Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Men's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Championship Match Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Women's Water Polo Santa Barbara Invitational: Long Beach State Santa Barbara, CA 1:30 p.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Gymnastics Stanford, Oklahoma, California, Nebraska at Burnham Pavilion- Stanford, CA 4:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Women's Water Polo Santa Barbara Invitational: Michigan Santa Barbara, CA 4:30 p.m.
Sat,
Jan 24
Men's Basketball Arizona Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m. Live Audio
Sun,
Jan 25
Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Michigan State Berkeley, CA 10:00 a.m.
Sun,
Jan 25
Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: St. Mary's vs Fresno State Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Sun,
Jan 25
Women's Gymnastics California, Arizona State, San Jose State, Denver Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m. Twitter
Sun,
Jan 25
Women's Basketball UCLA * at Los Angeles, CA 3:00 p.m.
Mon,
Jan 26
Men's Golf Arizona Intercollegiate (Host: Arizona) Tucson, AZ All Day
Mon,
Jan 26
Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Consolation Match Berkeley, CA 10:00 a.m.
Mon,
Jan 26
Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off: Championship Match Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Tue,
Jan 27
Men's Golf Arizona Intercollegiate (Host: Arizona) Tucson, AZ All Day

Cal Rugby

You know you can always count on Cal Rugby to bring you some good news. Opening the Rugby 15s season last weekend down in LA in the Storer Classic, the Bears rolled through the competition (as expected) to improve to 4-0 on the year. Spreading the playtime amongst the 50 players that traveled down to LA, the Bears left no doubts who is the best rugby program in the UC system.

It's the 10th straight Storer Classic (named after the famed UCLA rugby coach) tournament win for the Golden Bears.

Here are the scoring timelines:

Cal 22, UC Davis 3

The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Davis

15:00 Anthony Salaber 5

20:00 Patrick Barrientes 5, Jamie Howells 2

Halftime Score: California 12, UC Davis 0

24:00 John Spradling 5

33:00 Christian Hess 5

36:00 UC Davis (Josh Campos)

Final Score: California 22, UC Davis 3

The Starting XV vs. UC Davis

15. A. Salaber, 14. Hess, 13. Todd, 12. Barrientes, 11. Honens, 10. Howells, 9. Okusi, 1. de Gentile-Williams, 2. Haynes, 3. Vrame, 4. Hendrickson, 5. Zerbino, 6. N. Salaber, 7. Spradling, 8. Gaffney

Cal 57, UC Santa Barbara 0

The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Santa Barbara

05:00 Billy Maggs 5

07:00 Harry Adolphus 5, Jake Anderson 2

12:00 Jake Anderson 5

15:00 Harry Adolphus 5, Jake Anderson 2

18:00 Alec Gletzer 5, Harry Adolphus 2

20:00 Harry Adolphus 5

Halftime Score: California 36, UC Santa Barbara 0

22:00 Connor SweetJamie Howells 2

28:00 Brian Joyce 5, Jamie Howells 2

33:00 Harry Libarle 5, Jamie Howells 2

Final Score: California 57, UC Santa Barbara 0

The Starting XV vs. UC Santa Barbara

15. Anderson, 14. Milne 13. Adolphus, 12. Welch, 11. Maggs, 10. Bosco, 9. Boyer, 1. Walsh, 2. Bush, 3. Sullivan, 4. Kondrat, 5. Sina, 6. Sweet, 7. Gletzer, 8. Tandy

Cal 62, UC Santa Cruz 0

The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Santa Cruz

02:00 Billy Maggs 5, Matthew Coyle 2

06:00 Travis Moscone 3, Matthew Coyle 2

10:00 John Goena 5, Matthew Coyle 2

12:00 Drew Gaffney 5

18:00 Henry Baylor 5, Matthew Coyle 2

20:00 Billy Maggs 5, Matthew Coyle 2

Halftime Score: California 40, UC Santa Cruz 0

30:00 Matt Ternan 5, Matthew Coyle 2

32:00 Billy Maggs 5

35:00 Drew Gaffney 5

40:00 Beau Hershberger 5

Final Score: California 62, UC Santa Cruz 0

The Starting XV vs. UC Santa Cruz

15. d’Auriol, 14. Tavenner, 13. Maggs, 12. Ternan, 11. Goena, 10. Coyle, 9. Goodwin, 1. Harmon, 2. Moscone, 3. Baylor, 4. Kosinski, 5. Zerbino, 6. Hershberger, 7. Spradling, 8. Gaffney

Cal 32, UC Los Angeles 7

The Scoring Timeline vs. UCLA

06:00 Harry Adolphus 5, Jake Anderson 2

09:00 Jake Anderson 3

11:00 Jake Anderson 3

20:00 Anthony Salaber 5, Jake Anderson 2

Halftime Score: California 20, UCLA 0

24:00 Connor Sweet 5

28:00 UCLA (Grant Penney) 5, (Ben Francis) 2

33:00 Alec Gletzer 5, Jake Anderson 2

Final Score: California 32, UCLA 7

The Team vs. UCLA

15. Anderson (A. Salaber @ 36:00), 14. Milne, 13. A. Salaber (Maggs & 36:00), 12. Okusi, 11. Barrientes, 10. Adolphus, 9. Bosco (Boyer @ 25:00), 1. Walsh (de Gentile-Williams @ 25:00), 2. Bush, 3. Vrame, 4. Kondrat (Hendrickson @ 35:00), 5. Sina (Zerbino @ 25:00), 6. N. Salaber (Tandy @ 25:00), 7. Gletzer, 8 Sweet

Cal Women's Water Polo

At the Lou Tully Invitation in San Jose last weekend, 4th ranked Cal Women's Water Polo opened the year in dominant fashion as well, beating UC Davis 15-4 and then Fresno Pacific 25-1.

Freshman Carla Carraga, who scored 5 goals in 2 games, earned MPSF Newcomer of the Week honor.

Check out the latest blog entry from Victoria Williams:

They face some tougher competitions at the Santa Barbara Invitational this weekend.


Cal Women's Gymnastics

This is all you need to know about the Cal Women's Gymnastics season so far:

This and that one of the win is over those Stanford Cardinal.

Freshman Toni-Ann Williams earns her first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor.

Cal Men's Gymnastics

8th ranked Golden Bears finished 2nd at the Stanford Open last weekend behind host No.4 Stanford.

Full recap can be found here (CalBears.com).

It's back to The Farm again this weekend for the Bears.

California again travels to Stanford next Saturday, this time for a quad-meet against the Cardinal, No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 10 Nebraska. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. PT at Burnham Pavilion.

Cal Women's Swimming

Like I have mentioned a few times, Cal Women's Swimming has really upped their Social Media game this season. Here is the latest video from freshman Maija Roses.

Freshman Jasmine Mau is also recently featured.

Current, past, and future Golden Bears have had a good outings at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin (despite the Pro in the name, the meet includes more than just "pros").

Cal Men's Swimming

Bears kick off the 2015 season by visiting ASU and Arizona this weekend.

As usual Head Coach Dave Durden previews the meets, both can be viewed either online (ASU today) or on TV (vs. Arizona on Saturday on the Pac-12 Networks).

Cal Women's Tennis

Congrats to Cal sophomore Maegan Manasse for being named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

Manasse was the star of the Cal Winter Invitational last weekend, winning not only the singles title but also the doubles title (with partner Denise Starr).

As a team, the Bears are now ranked 6th in the country. Can the Bears move up even higher by winning the ITA Indoor Championship?

Cal Men's Tennis

Ahead of hosting No.21 Mississippi State, No.27 North Carolina State, and No.30 Harvard in the ITA Kick-off this weekend, the Bears junior and Denmark native Mads Engstad is featured in this week's CalBears.com Getting to Know.

CB: How do you pronounce your name?

ME: Mass Engste. I often have to repeat it when people ask me my name. When I have to explain it to someone I usually say you don’t pronounce the Ds.

CB: How did you first hear about Cal?

ME: I knew one of the older guys on the team, Christoffer Konigsfeldt. He was a senior on the team when I was a freshman here. I knew him from Denmark, that he went to Cal and that he liked it. I also knew Morten Christensen; he used to be an assistant coach for coach Wright. There are a lot of Danish tennis players who started going to college. It was always in the back of my head that was something I probably wanted to do.

CB: Plenty of tennis players from around the world play tennis at U.S. universities. What makes Cal such a good place for them to play and go to school?

ME: For me I also care a lot about school. Cal is obviously a great academic school. I probably want to go back to Denmark and get a master’s. Cal is pretty much the best school I could get into in order to get into a master’s program back home. Academically it’s great. And I went to recruiting trips in Tennessee and Texas, and the culture in the Bay Area reminds me a little bit more of Europe than some places in the South. It’s a little bit more international in the Bay Area, I would say, and that’s another thing I found quite attractive. On the tennis team there are quite a few foreign guys on the team, so I’m not the only foreign guy.

CB: Do you want to try to play professional tennis after Cal?

ME: I still have three semesters left. I’m not entirely sure on what I want to do. The most likely thing is I’ll go back to Denmark for grad school. It’s free in Denmark. And also, as far as professional tennis, when you’ve been part of a team for so long and traveled as a team, it would tough to be out there and play by yourself. It’s different.

Grad school in a lot of fields are also "free" in the US, not sure what kind of grad school he is looking into.

Here he mentions his favorite TV shows and video games.

CB: What are your hobbies outside of tennis?

ME: I love playing a lot of different sports – golf, soccer – and watching TV shows as well. “Friends” is definitely my favorite show, and I like “Entourage” also. I used to watch three or four episodes of “Friends” every day since I was 15 maybe. That’s by far my favorite show.

CB: Do you play any video games?

ME: I play FIFA. That’s what I probably do most in my free time. I love that.

And your obligatory Chipotle shoutout...but he also mentioned Gypsy!

CB: What’s one of your favorite things about Cal or Berkeley outside of tennis?

ME: I love the food in Berkeley. You don’t just have to go to fast food restaurants. There are a lot of really good, small places. Even though I’ve been here a while, I still find a great place to go and eat. I love Gypsy’s. That’s a great place. And even though it’s a well-known restaurant, I go to Chipotle a lot.

Cal Women's Golf

Cal Women's Golf players Alice Jeong and Morgan Thompson give us a tour of the Simpson Center. Other than the somewhat awkward mini-embrace that they all the sudden get into to open the video, it's an interesting look at the facilities.

Women's Golf will begin their spring schedule on Valentine Day weekend in Palo Alto.

Cal Men's Soccer

Joining 1st and 2nd round picks Connor Hallisey and Stefano Bonomo, Seth Casiple was also draft in the MLS Super Draft. Casiple was taken by the Portland Timbers in the 4th round.

The former Pac-12 Freshman of the Year has taken almost all of the corner kicks for the Bears in the last 4 years.

GO BEARS!