BERKELEY – Celebrating Parents Weekend with a home-opening doubleheader, prop Kevin Sullivan scored four tries as California defeated Arizona, 39-12, followed by an 81-0 win over UC Santa Cruz Saturday on Witter Rugby Field.
The Bears (6-0, 1-0 PAC) managed to measure their play to the referee's liking but struggled with errors that hampered them against the Wildcats in the first match of PAC Rugby Conference play for the Blue and Gold. Once Cal its footing, however, Sullivan scored three straight tries, with two more added by sophomore fullback Troy Lockyear and freshman Sebastian Bader before the senior prop from San Francisco scored his fourth in the 53rd minute. No. 8 Drew Gaffney ended the scoring for the Bears against Arizona (2-1, 1-1 PAC), which got second-half tries from flanker Zach Biggs and scrumhalf Matty Rodgers (1-of-2 conversions).
Sullivan, who moved well around the field with and without the ball, making tackles when he wasn't contributing during Cal's possessions, credited his scoring to "good strike phases by my teammate before I got the ball, which left me plenty of space to work with."
BERKELEY – Highlighted by improved individual scores, California rallied to a second-place finish at the Stanford Open on Saturday tallying a 398.850 in its second meet of 2017.
The Golden Bears outlasted the No. 19 Washington Huskies (375.650), but were unable to edge host team and second-ranked Stanford (423.600) for consecutive weekends.
A tremendous improvement on still rings spurred the Bears performance during their second rotation. Led by freshman Anton Vorona and senior Michael Diliberto with a pair of 13.900s, Cal totaled 68.000 on the apparatus, a significant improvement from the 65.400 in Berkeley on Sunday. Vorona added nearly one point to his previous 12.950 while Diliberto demolished his previous 11.800. Aleksandrov notched a 13.850, up from 13.200, while Bailey Chang recorded a 13.750 in his season debut. Gharibyan and Sano each earned 13.400, which was an improvement from Gharibyan's 13.250 and matched Sano's total from a week ago.