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Golden Medals: Cal vs. Stanford in Women’s Tennis, Lacrosse, Beach Volleyball this weekend

Cal Beach Volleyball also earned a historical win over USC last weekend. Rugby hosts Navy in 15s quarterfinals on Saturday.

Golden Bears will be looking for a Big Spike win this Saturday.
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Here are all the events on campus this weekend. If you are coming to campus on Saturday fro Cal Day, there will be a lot of choices of sporting events to check out on campus.

Cal Beach Volleyball hosts Stanford in Big Spike

Coming off a big win over the defending champ USC last weekend, Golden Bears (20-6) will close the regular season with the Big Spike against a familiar Stanford foe. No.13 Bears actually faced No.12 Stanford last weekend up at Seattle after the big win over USC; Stanford edged the Golden Bears by a 3-2 result.

No. 13 Cal 3, No. 4 USC 2

No. 1: Tina Graudina-Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Mima Mirkovic-Alexia Inman, 21-10, 21-9

No. 2: Jessica Gaffney-Iya Lindahl (Cal) def. Joy Dennis-Cammie Dorn, 21-18, 21-19

No. 3: Terese Cannon-Sammy Slater (USC) def. Bryce Bark-Madison Dueck, 21-11, 21-17

No. 4: Mia Merino-Caroline Schafer (Cal) def. Alexandra Poletto-Haley Hallgren, 21-19, 13-21, 15-13

No. 5: Grace Campbell-Maddie Micheletti (Cal) def. Jo Kremer-Jenna Belton, 21-14, 21-17

No. 14 Stanford 3, No. 13 Cal 2

No. 1: Morgan Hentz-Amelia Smith (Stan) def. Mima Mirkovic-Alexia Inman, 22-20, 21-15

No. 2: Sunny Villapando-Courtney Bowen (Stan) def. Bryce Bark-Madison Dueck, 26-24, 28-30, 15-10

No. 3: Catherine Raquel-Kate Formico (Stan) def. Jessica Gaffney-Iya Lindahl, 19-21, 21-13, 15-11

No. 4: Mia Merino-Caroline Schafer (Cal) def. Payton Chang-Caitlin Keefe, 21-17, 21-17

No. 5: Grace Campbell-Maddie Micheletti (Cal) def. Shannon Richardson-Blake Sharp, 21-19, 21-12

All season long, the strength of the Golden Bears have been the bottom of the rotation. For the rematch against Stanford, the Bears are certainly capable of flipping either of the two matches that went to a third set in courts 2 and 3 to take the win.

It should be a fun time out by the Clark Kerr Sand Courts for this meet.

Next week, postseason begins with the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships being hosted at Stanford.

Cal vs. Stanford on Friday, April 20th

Unfortunately, both of these events below are longshots for the Golden Bears to win.

Big Slam: No.42 Cal Women’s Tennis (11-7, 6-3 in Pac-12) at No.20 Stanford (14-3, 8-0 in Pac-12)

11 AM PT on Pac-12 Networks

Despite their relatively low rankings, Stanford is going for the Pac-12 title in this regular season finale for both squads. The young Cal Women’s Tennis team in 2018 has had its ups and downs. Bears are coming off a 1-1 trip to the state of Washington where they were defeated 2-5 at Washington but rallied for a 4-3 win at Washington State.

Stanford certainly has more players ranked than the Golden Bears. From the official preview,

Four Bears are ranked in this week’s Oracle ITA singles rankings: Freshman Julia Rosenqvist(13-7) is 34th, freshman Anna Bright (34-9) is 41st, junior Olivia Hauger (23-7) is 48th and senior Karla Popovic (1-2) is 84th. The pair of Hauger and Rosenqvist (5-5) is ranked 52nd in doubles, while Bright and Rosenqvist (8-4) are ranked 83rd in doubles.

Six Stanford players are ranked in singles: No. 22 Michaela Gordon, No. 45 Emily Arbuthnott, No. 64 Melissa Lord, No. 96 Janice Shin, No. 100 Emma Higuchi and No. 102 Caroline Lampl. In doubles, Arbuthnott and Gordon are ranked third, and Lampl and Kimberly Yee are ranked 56th.

Outside of Olivia Hauger and Maria Smith, the Bears have played 5 other freshmen for the other 4 spots in the starting lineup since the injury to Karla Popovic. While Julia Rosenqvist and Anna Bright have sometimes played so well that they looks like sure future stars, consistency has been an issue, particularly on the road. Then again, maybe the youth of the Cal squad can surprise because they don’t know any better and pull off a huge upset at Stanford in their home finale.

The Pac-12 tennis championship will take place from Ojai starting on Wednesday of next week.

Big Stick: Cal Lacrosse (6-10, 2-7 in Pac-12) vs. No.13 Stanford (12-4, 7-2 in Pac-12)

7 pm PT - Live Stream

Cal Lacrosse earned their 2nd Pac-12 win of the season (and history) with a 15-13 triumph over Oregon last week before falling 18-11 to a ranked Colorado squad (hey, it was kind of close in the first half). Golden Bears will look to improve on the early season 21-5 defeat at Stanford in this 2nd meeting of the year.

Bears will also honor their seniors, including Meredith Haggerty, the team’s best defender.

The Pac-12 lacrosse championship is hosted by Colorado next week, starting on Thursday.

Cal Rugby hosts Navy in D1A Rugby Quarterfinals

After defeating Grand Canyon University 85-14 in the first round last weekend, Golden Bears will host a relatively familiar Navy Midshipman on Cal Day this Saturday at 1 pm PT for a berth in the Collegiate Rugby 15s semifinal next weekend. Navy defeated Indiana 47-0 on the road last weekend.

The winner will advance to the national semifinal at Marietta, GA next weekend, likely to play the 2nd seed Life. St. Mary’s, the top overall seed, lurks in the final - to be played at the neutral site of Santa Clara.

3rd seed Golden Bears scored 13 tries against GCU last weekend, led by a hat-trick from winger Sam Cusano - the MVP of the CRC Rugby 7s championship match last year.

Navy will represent a big step up in quality. They have only two losses on the year, a narrow 18-15 loss to Army and a 30-0 loss to Life. Bears defeated Army 50-41 earlier this year.

Cal Crew to race Washington this weekend

Although Yale won the IRA championship last year, the two top contenders for the IRA crown in 2018 are again Cal and Washington. The two crews will race this weekend from Redwood Shores.

On the women’s side, Cal finished as runner-up to Washington last year. The first rematch of 2018 will also take place from Redwood Shores.

While a lot of things can change between now and early June (when the championships will take place), this weekend will obviously be a big litmus test for where things stand.