TUCSON, Ariz. - Kory Lamet is sure making the most of her opportunity to remain a student-athlete at Cal.
The former Cal women's soccer player earned a spot on the Bears' beach volleyball roster and made such an immediate impact that she was picked as a captain for the 2016 season. Then in her college beach volleyball debut Saturday, she teamed with sophomore Bryce Bark to win both matches as Cal's No. 2 pair as the Bears split a pair of duals at the Arizona Invitational.
Lamet and Bark defeated Loyola Marymount's Lindsay Carr and Veronica Nederend, 21-18, 21-17, helping the Bears register a 3-2 victory over the 14th-ranked Lions. It was Cal's first victory over a ranked opponent in the three- year history of the program.
The duo came back to defeat Arizona's Jianna Bonomi and Kalei Mau, 21-18, 22-24, 15-10 in a 3-2 setback to No. 9 Arizona.
"I knew Kory was going to come out and compete and knew she was going to be extremely athletic even though she hasn't been in the beach volleyball world for very long," Cal coach Meagan Schmitt said. "Kory might be one of the most frustrating players to play against because she digs up a storm. And Bryce was converting those digs into sets or attacks. They really balanced each other out."
Men's Swimming & Diving
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Cal men's swimming team continued to put its stamp on the 2016 Pac-12 Championships by finding itself on the top step of the podium often as Andrew Seliskar won his second individual title, Justin Lynch and Connor Hoppe each captured one of their own and the 400 medley relay capped day three with another relay victory at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
BERKELEY - No. 12 California (12-4, 4-3 Pac-12) had to fight through adversity all week but still managed to win the California Quad Meet Friday night in Berkeley with a team score of 196.650.
The Golden Bears' score was their fourth-highest of the season and put them in control to defeat Southern Utah (195.050), Michigan State (194.875) and Lindenwood (193.550).
The win came after sophomore all-around performer Toni-Ann Williams missed an entire week of practice with walking pneumonia and the team opened the meet to a score of 48.950 on vault â its second-lowest vault score this year.
"What I'm most proud of is that collectively we really came together as a team tonight," said head Cal coach Justin Howell. "There was so much stress that people didn't see going on about this meet, so I'm so happy it didn't affect our team. They came together."
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 13 California (8-3) clinched the series win at Texas (5-6) on Saturday afternoon with a 6-0 win in front of 5,467 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Cal has won the first three games of the series, and now has won seven of its last eight, improving to 7-1 this season when scoring first.
As the case has been lately, pitching has been the key for the Bears, and it was no different on Saturday. Senior right-hander Ryan Mason was spectacular, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six Longhorns en route to his second straight victory, improving to 2-0. Mason's win was the 20th of his career, and now sits tied for ninth all-time in career victories.
SEATTLE --- A magical tournament journey - one for the history books - has come to an end a game shy of its destination.
Freshman Kristine Anigwe recorded a double-double (26 points, 15 rebounds) and Courtney Range nearly posted one of her own (17 points, 9 rebounds) but the No. 10 seed California women's basketball team concluded its run in the Pac-12 Tournament with a 73-67 overtime loss to No. 3 seed UCLA Friday evening at Key Arena.