BERKELEY – The No. 10 Cal women's gymnastics proved its prowess as Northern California's top team once again by picking up its third consecutive season-opening NorCal Classic title. The Golden Bears went 195.325 to defeat Sacramento State (194.475), UC Davis (193.875), No. 11 Stanford (193.250) and San Jose State (192.600) on Monday night in Haas Pavilion.
Despite a late start, delayed rotations and some scoring issues, California swept the balance beam and claimed three event titles on the evening. Sophomore Sofie Seilnacht and Desiree Palomares shared the beam title at 9.875, and 2016 Pac-12 Floor Champion Toni-Ann Williams picked up where she left off with a 9.925 floor crown victory.
"Tonight was challenging, and the meet ran a lot later than we had anticipated," said Cal head coach Justin Howell. "That said, throwing all of those challenges into the mix, I thought we did a really great job. We collected ourselves well mentally and physically."
TAMPA – Cal wide receiver Demetris Robertson picked up his latest Freshman All-American honor Monday when he was named to the FWAA's squad presented by Sound Mind Sound Body Camps. Robertson had previously been selected first-team Freshman or True Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports, 247Sports, ESPN.com, Rivals and USA Today, while picking up second-team honors from Campus Insiders.
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SAN FRANCISCO — After powering Cal to an upset of No. 25 USC Sunday evening, sophomore forward Ivan Rabb earned the first Pac-12 Player of the Week honors of his career, the league announced Monday.
With Cal down 73-72 in the waning seconds of the USC game, Rabb hit both of his free throws to give the Bears a 74-73 edge. The Trojans began mounting their comeback with 5.2 seconds on the clock and as Jordan McLaughlin went up for the final shot with one second remaining, Rabb blocked the shot. It was one of two blocks he logged after picking up four fouls, earning his fourth foul at 9:44 of the second half.