MARANA, Ariz. - Cal (287-293 - 580, +4) remained in the same coveted fifth-place spot the Golden Bears opened the day in at the end of second-round action Tuesday at the NCAA Tucson Regional. The top five teams and top individual not from one of those squads at the conclusion of the event's 54 holes Wednesday will advance to the final field of 30 at the 2016 NCAA Championships to be contested May 27 - June 1 and hosted by Oregon at the Eugene Country Club.
"Another NCAA Regional down to the wire," said Cal head coach Steve Desimone, who will retire at the end of the current 2015-16 season after 37 campaigns in the role. "I've been to countless NCAA Regionals and every one has a pressure and a life of its own. There's so much parity and so many good teams in college golf that it really depends on the day, the course and the conditions. The teams that advance tomorrow are going to putt the best, make a few birdies and keep the ball out of the desert."
BERKELEY - After rolling through the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship, top-seeded California heads to its 10th consecutive round of 16 to play 16th-seeded Texas Tech in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 21-1 Golden Bears take on the Lady Raiders (25-5) at 4 p.m. CT today at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, marking the first time the two schools will meet in women's tennis.
Tulsa will host the NCAA team tournament from May 19-24, and then the NCAA Singles Championship and NCAA Doubles Championship will run from May 25-30 in Tulsa. The men's tennis NCAA Championships are also in Tulsa.
BERKELEY - After an incredible senior season in which she finished as the Pac-12's leader in ERA and earned a National Player of the Week award from espnW, Cal softball pitcher Nisa Ontiveros is set this week to head to the postseason one final time as a Golden Bear. CalBears.com sat down with the senior from Bakersfield, Calif. for a round of 20 questions before the Bears head to Alabama for NCAA Regional action that begins Friday in Tuscaloosa.
1. When you first got here four years ago as a freshman, what was your first impression of Cal?
It was really big. Really diverse. Definitely different than Bakersfield.
2. What was your favorite class at Cal?
Way too many. I have to say Sociology of the Family. It helped me understand a lot about people and personalities.
3. If you had any advice for someone coming to Cal to be a student-athlete, what would it be?
It's going to be difficult. Time management (is key). Being a student and an athlete here is really hard but it's definitely worth it.
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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson is eager to test the free-agency market for the first time this summer as he eyes the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Washington Wizards as his possible destinations in the aftermath.
The 28-year-old former California Golden Bears standout is already in his eighth season in the NBA and this is the first time in his career that he will become an unrestricted free agent, something that he "looking forward" to for quite some time, ESPN reported.
"I'm excited for this summer to kind of be an unrestricted free agent, finally, and feel things out, have my decision be the one that matters," said Anderson. "Really (in 2012) every other team thought Orlando was going to re-sign me, and New Orleans was the only team that made an offer for me, and we ended up making a sign-and-trade and I went to New Orleans."