FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – An all-Cal final on Sunday wasn't to be as two Golden Bear duos lost in the consolation doubles semifinals on Saturday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, ending the Bears' campaign at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.
Third-ranked and third-seeded seniors Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr fell to Baylor's Elizabeth Profit and Blair Shankle, 6-4, 6-3, in one semifinal. Junior Karla Popovic and sophomore Olivia Hauger lost to Michigan's Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian, 6-2, 6-4, in the other.
"We had a good weekend here," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "In singles, we played close matches against tomorrow's two finalists (Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and North Carolina's Hayley Carter), so I think we're right on track. We had some good doubles matches, though there are certain things we'll take home and work on."
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – The fall half of the 2016-17 season ended for California when Andre Goransson lost in consolation singles and the pair of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat lost in consolation doubles on Saturday in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
The 17th-ranked Goransson lost to Northwestern's 44th-ranked Strong Kirchheimer, 6-2, 6-3, in the quarterfinals at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
STOCKTON, Calif. – California field hockey punched its ticket to the America East Championship semifinals with a 3-2 come-from-behind win to upset Maine in the tournament quarterfinals Friday afternoon.
Down twice to the Black Bears, the Golden Bears found a way to tie the game up both times before America East All-Rookie squad member Katrina Carter sent in the go-ahead goal in the waning minutes of the game. She finished the afternoon with a single-game best three points on her game-winning goal and an earlier assist.
The Bears earn a rematch with West Division foe Stanford, who they'll face Saturday at noon.
Men’s Water Polo
IRVINE, Calif. – A low-scoring affair at halftime turned in favor of the Cal men's water polo team in the third period as the No. 3-ranked Bears built a lead and maintained it to the finish to beat No. 19 UC Irvine 9-6 in the first of two road matches this weekend
Offense proved hard to come by for both Cal (16-3) and UC Irvine (9-11) in the first half. Goals by Pedro Stellet and Farrel South left the Bears tied with the Anteaters 2-2 at the midway point.
That low-scoring tendency changed in the third period. A goal by Johnny Hooper just over a minute into the period put the Bears in front and about two minutes later Vassilis Tzavaras pushed that advantage to two with a goal of his own.
UC Irvine countered with a goal to make it 4-3 but Cal closed the period strong, scoring four of the final five goals to take an 8-4 lead. Back to back goals by freshman left-hander Safak Simsek and goals by Hooper and Luca Cupido established control in the Bears' corner heading into the final period.