BERKELEY - Freshman Olivia Hauger clinched No. 1 California's eventual 7-0 rout of No. 38 Oregon on Friday at the Hellman Tennis Complex to keep the Golden Bears' record perfect at 16-0 and 5-0 in the Pac-12. Prior to the match, the Bears honored Lynn Chi and Klara Fabikova during the Senior Day ceremony. The seniors will be playing in their last regular-season match on Sunday when Cal hosts No. 18 Stanford in the Big Slam.
Playing on court five, the 68th-ranked Hauger knocked off Daniela Nasser 6-0, 6-2 - wrapping up the match when Nasser double faulted - to make the overall score 4-0 and clinch the Conference victory for the Bears.
Cal improved its record to a school-best 16-0 (5-0 in the Pac-12). Oregon now has an 11-6 overall mark (3-4 Pac-12).
TEMPE, AZ - Cal (281-273 - 554, -14) is tied for fourth place and one of five teams within four shots of the lead after the first 36 holes of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational were played Saturday at the par-71, 7,013-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course. Iowa State (274-276 - 550, -18) has a one-shot lead after two rounds over the host Sun Devils (277-274 - 551, -17) and three strokes ahead of third-place San Diego State (282-271 - 553, -15). Cal is tied with Iowa (277-277 - 554, -14) another shot back.
Cal's 11-under par second round Saturday was the second-best of the day behind only San Diego State's 13-under par effort and allowed the Golden Bears to cut three strokes off their first-round deficit to leader Iowa State.
"We had a slow start but I really have to give the guys credit for the way they finished," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We were very methodical. We started making birdies and moved right back up the leaderboard. It's nice to know that we're just four back and right in the middle of the tournament. It should be a fun day tomorrow."
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 7 California Golden Bears placed third in the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) Championships on Saturday night from Burnham Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University, posting a team score of 435.550. The Bears placed third for the sixth consecutive season, but showed very well as they now head to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio with a lot of momentum. Senior co-captain Kevin Wolting posted an all-around score of 88.850, including three event scores over 15.050 and sophomore Yordan Aleksandrov scored a pair of career bests. No. 1 Oklahoma edged No. 2 Stanford for the conference crown, as the defending national champions outscored the Cardinal 448.050-444.650, while No. 11 Air Force was fourth, with a team total of 429.200.
"Today was an awesome challenge," head coach Brett McClure said from Stanford on Saturday night. "It can be pretty difficult coming off of such a long break and you could see the nerves going a bit throughout, but they really fought hard for every tenth and it showed. Nothing was going to knock these guys off of their game plan and we are ready to hit the road running."
BERKELEY -- California head coach Sonny Dykes stopped short of saying that there is any true clarity to the Golden Bears' quarterback race, but judging by the reps, and by what we've seen over the first eight practices of spring, there is a pecking order emerging.
"A little bit here and there," Dykes said when asked if there's any certainty with a top three. "We'll know a little bit more after tomorrow. We'll have a long, extended scrimmage tomorrow, and put those guys in as many game situations as we can put them in, and then try to evaluate it from there, and hopefully, make a little bit of progress, in terms of heading the direction we want to head to."
That open scrimmage will be held at 10:30 a.m., at California Memorial Stadium, but judging by what we've seen so far, it's hard to say that redshirt sophomore Chase Forrest isn't the frontrunner. Dykes said that Forrest is the "most consistent" of the clutch of signal callers, and he looks every bit the confident veteran. He has an easy delivery, smooth footwork and an air of confidence not unlike that possessed by Jared Goff, who returned to Berkeley on Friday afternoon to throw out the first pitch before the No. 12 Cal baseball team took on UCLA, and watched the balance of the game in the stands with former Cal receiver Bryce Treggs.