STANFORD, Calif. – Karla Popovic won twice on Saturday to remain unbeaten this season and reach the singles quarterfinals at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships presented by Oracle. The California junior improved to 17-0 after beating Washington's Katerina Kopcalic, 6-0, 6-2, in the round of 32 and Stanford's Emily Arbuthnott, 6-4, 6-2, in the round of 16 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Popovic was also one of four Golden Bears to reach the round of 16 in doubles. The seventh-seeded pair of Popovic and sophomore Olivia Hauger defeated San Francisco's Hanna Borjeson and Joselyn Treyes, 8-0, in Saturday's round of 32. Top-seeded and third-ranked Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr are joining their teammates in the next round, as the Cal seniors knocked off Eastern Washington's Marta Heinen and Rachel Swindell, 8-2, on Saturday.
TREASURE ISLAND, Calif. - Using a squad comprised completely of freshmen and sophomores, the Golden Bears swept their pool Saturday at the West Coast Collegiate 7s, setting up a cup quarterfinal Sunday vs. UC Davis at 10 a.m. on Treasure Island.
Six Rugby Bears made their collegiate debuts and two more played their first 7s matches in Blue and Gold as California (7-0) beat the University of San Diego and Santa Clara University both by the score of 29-7, then defeated Grand Canyon University, 26-10, to win Pool A.
If Cal can advance past the Aggies Sunday morning in the quarterfinals, the Bears will face the winner of Arizona vs. Western Washington in the semifinals at 12:20 p.m. Other quarterfinalists Sunday are UCLA vs. Saint Mary's and Arizona State vs. Santa Clara. The championship cup final is set for 3:20 p.m.
Despite little to no experience together in competition play, the Bears' all-frosh-soph squad displayed a collective will to play disciplined rugby Saturday, putting in an effort that Cal could feel positive building upon going into Sunday.
"It's a big challenge for us younger guys to have the privilege to represent the Blue and Gold for the whole weekend," said sophomore Nic Mirhashem. "We played pretty well today. Tomorrow we'll try to play crisper defense with fewer handling errors."
Men’s Swimming & Diving
STOCKTON, Calif. – A pair of relay wins bookended a day of racing for the Cal men's swimming team as a handful of Bears made the trek to Stockton to participate in the second day of the Pacific Invitational
With Cal taking part in the second day of the two-day event, the Bears wasted no time compiling good results. The quartet of Michael Thomas, Connor Hoppe, Justin Lynch and 'Aukai Lileikis teamed up to win the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:16.89 while the foursome of Andy Song, Hunter Cobleigh, Pawel Sendyk and Dillon Williams placed fourth
Thomas returned to action with the 200 butterfly and continued his strong start to the season, winning with a time of 1:47.72. The sophomore from Pennsylvania enjoyed another good swim later in the day when he stopped the clock in 1:48.33 to finish second in the 200 individual medley.