BERKELEY - Cal's spring practices moved ahead full steam with another practice in full pads Monday to begin the second week of workouts at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. The defense had several strong moments during a spirited full team session that concluded practice highlighted by two interceptions from safety Luke Rubenzer.
"It's just really good to get the first pick out of the way," Rubenzer said. "I feel like I'm starting to think less and just fly around and make plays just from getting more reps. It has been a lot of fun to try something new and hopefully the defense can continue to build on today and continue to get better throughout the remainder of the spring."
The Cal sand volleyball team split a pair of matches on its first home date of the season Sunday, defeating San Jose State 5-0 before falling to No. 8 Pacific, 5-0.
California holds a comfortable 13-stroke leadon the field after 36 holes at the BYU at Entrada Classic that is held at the par-72 Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.
California stays on the road to play at the BNP Open Collegiate Challenge presented by Oracle from Friday to Sunday in Indian Wells, California. The 9-4 Golden Bears - ranked 26th in last week's ITA poll - will open the tournament against No. 23 Columbia (6-3) on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Baylor, BYU, Oklahoma, Purdue, Tulsa and USC join Cal and Columbia at the tournament.
Despite a 3-1 Cal lead through five innings, No. 18 Arizona overpowered the 11th-ranked Golden Bears in the top of the sixth with a three-run homer to deal Cal the losing blow and win the Pac-12-opening series in front of a sellout crowd of 1,257 Sunday afternoon on Levine-Fricke Field. Cal is 22-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action after suffering the loss.
Cal Baseball received some good news yesterday. Chris Paul was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, and the team was ranked 24th by Collegiate Baseball, entering the poll for the first time this season.
Cal baseball saw its impressive 10-game winning streak come to an end, dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 8-ranked Oregon (14-6, 1-2) Sunday at Evans Diamonds.
Fourth-seeded California and fifth-seeded Texas head a field of four teams coming to Berkeley this weekend when the University of California plays host to first- and second-round games in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Cal will face No. 13 seed Wichita State for a first round game on Friday, March 20 at 4:30 pm.