BERKELEY – California women's tennis wrapped up another successful day at the Cal Winter Invitational on a sunny Saturday, winning six of eight matches in singles and two of four in doubles at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts. Cal senior Maegan Manasse and Maya Jansen remained unbeaten in both singles and doubles with victories on Saturday.
"We had some good matches today," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "We came out playing well this morning in the singles. I was pleased to see us make some adjustments in doubles today. There are some individual things to work on, but it's still January. We had a great day today and beautiful weather."
LOS ANGELES – The Golden Bears commenced their 15-a-side season with three wins Saturday at the Dennis Storer Classic, beating UC San Diego, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz on North Athletic Field. Using starting lineups with seven or more frosh-sophs in each match, California (3-0, 0-0 PAC) defeated the Tritons, 40-0, the Aggies, 31-7, and UCSC, 36-0.
The Bears' point production against their first three opponents of the spring was distributed almost as broadly as Saturday's playing time. Beyond the pairs of tries scored by Hugo d'Auriol and Cormac Heaney in the opening match of the day, 12 different student-athletes scored the tries across three matches. The one score Cal yielded in the team's +15 try differential came in the 16th minute vs. UC Davis, when Syrus Vahabzadeh's try was converted by Josh Farnsworth.
While it may not have been a seamless, blink-of-an-eye continuation of the championship rugby the Bears displayed in their last 15-a-side competition in the national championship, Saturday's body of work gave the Blue and Gold the frame of reference that every team needs to proceed to its next challenge. And Sunday's challenge will be significant, as Cal faces host UCLA at 1:30 p.m. to culminate the event named in honor of the former Bruins and U.S. National Team head coach.
SALT LAKE CITY – Coming off a thrilling comeback win over Colorado on Friday night, the Cal women's basketball team looks to complete its Rocky Mountain road sweep on Sunday, facing Utah at 11 a.m. PT. The Bears and Utes faced off three times last year, with the Utes prevailing in both regular season meetings. However, the Bears were victorious in a 66-63 overtime thriller in the opening round of the 2016 Pac-12 Tournament, sparking Cal's inspired run to tournament semifinals.
The Bears snapped their three-game losing streak with Friday's victory over the Buffaloes, earning their second conference win of the year. Cal trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but used a 20-0 run from the end of the second period to midway through the third to take control. Sophomore center Kristine Anigwe scored 25 of her game-high 29 points in the second half and went a perfect 11-11 from the foul line. Anigwe added 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season and sixth in the last seven games. Penina Davidson added six blocked shots while Mikayla Cowling dished out nine assists.