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Golden Medals: Collin Morikawa is the top ranked college golfer; Cal W. Water Polo can earn 1st outright MPSF title

Cal Rugby will visit St. Mary’s in a great rugby battle that is streamed only on the for-a-fee FloRugby channel.

Senior and Hungarian Calympian Anna Illes and the Golden Bears can win the program’s 1st MPSF outright regular season title with a Saturday victory at USC.
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Reminder, Cal Women’s Gymnastics will compete in the Salt Lake City Regional tomorrow at 3pm PT for a shot to advance to the NCAA National Championships. Seeded 2nd in the Regional, Golden Bears will have the squad goal of finishing in the top two place to advance.

Also, the Pac-12 Networks have released on YouTube a 9 minute cut of the 18 minute feature on Robert Paylor. It well worth a watch if you do not get Pac-12 Networks to see the full feature (which will be made available online at a later date).


Cal Men’s Golf takes 2nd at The Goodwin; Morikawa ascends to No.1 ranking

A serious contender to win it all by the end of the NCAA season, Cal Men’s Golf continues its strong season by placing 2nd at The Goodwin last weekend. Bears finished 3 strokes after 3 rounds behind the defending national champions Oklahoma. Redshirt sophomore Sebastian Crampton finished 3rd overall while junior Collin Morikawa finished 5th.

Thanks to another top 10 finish, Collin Morikawa was named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month as well as ascending in the national individual ranking from No.2 to No.1 for the first time in his collegiate career by both Golfstat and Golfweek.

Back to full strength after 3 key players took a redshirt last year to focus on their academics, Cal Men’s Golf has finished in the Top 10 in every tournament this year. After starting the year with a pair of 9th place (while not completely back to full strength), Bears have since finished 1st, 1st, 3rd, 7th, 1st, 2nd, and 2nd. It is not quite as dominant as the 2013 season when the Bears won 9 regular season tournament and made a run to the NCAA semifinals (the top 8 teams in stroke play have to finish in match play...Bears dominated the stroke play part of the NCAA championship that year). Golden Bears will close out their regular season this weekend at the two round Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz ahead of the Pac-12 Championship in two weeks.


Cal Women’s Golf went 0-3 in match play at the SDSU March Mayhem

It was not quite the Pac-12 championship, but in their next to last regular season event two weeks ago, Golden Bears faced three different Pac-12 teams in match play. In the 11 team field, Bears finished 8th in the stroke play to grab the last match play spot after the return of sophomore Jiyoon Jang who made her spring debut after being the most consistent Bear in the fall.

Bears then lost in match play to USC, No.1 UCLA, before a close tiebreaker loss to No.17 Colorado.

MATCH PLAY - ROUND 2

USC defeats Cal (3-1-1)

Jennifer Chang (USC) def. Marianne Li (Cal) - 4&3

Marthe Wold (Cal) vs. Alyaa Abdulghan (USC) – All Square

Amelia Garvey (USC) def. Amina Wolf (Cal) – 1-up

Jiyoon Jang (Cal) def. Gabi Ruffels (USC) – 6&4

Allisen Corpuz (USC) def. Maria Herraez (Cal) – 4&3

MATCH PLAY – ROUND 3

#1 UCLA defeats Cal (4-1)

Marthe Wold (Cal) def. Clare Legaspi (UCLA) – 5&3

Mariel Galdiano (UCLA) def. Marianne Li (Cal) - 3&2

Patty Tavatanakit (UCLA) def. Amina Wolf (Cal) – 7&5

Erin Choi (UCLA) def. Jiyoon Jang (Cal) – 2&1

Bethany Wu (UCLA) def. Maria Herraez (Cal) – 3&2

MATCH PLAY – ROUND 4

#17 Colorado defeats Cal (2-2-1)

Marthe Wold (Cal) def. Kristy Hodgkins (COLO) – 1-up

Marianne Li (Cal) def. Brittany Fan (COLO) - 2&1

Amina Wolf (Cal) vs. Elle Otten (COLO) – All Square

Robyn Choi (COLO) def. Jiyoon Jang (Cal) – 3&1

Gillian Vance (COLO) def. Maria Herraez (Cal) – 3&2

Although senior Mathe Wold had a dramatic come from behind victory in her match, the Bears lost their 3rd match of the week via the tiebreaker rule (margin of the victory).

Bears will next close out the regular season this weekend from the Silverado Showdown in Napa ahead of the Pac-12 Championships in two weeks.


Cal Women’s Water Polo visits USC with the chance to win MPSF regular season title outright for the first time in program history

With a new head coach Coralie Simmons helming the program in its 2nd season, Golden Bears are looking to make some history in this wide open year. Ranked No.1/No.2 since that Big Splash win over then No.1 Stanford, the California Golden Bears (17-3, 4-0 in MPSF) are in position to win their first outright MPSF regular season title when they visit No.3 USC (17-1, 1-0 in MPSF) on Saturday afternoon. The match, starting at 5 pm PT, will be on the Pac-12 Networks.

On a 5 match winning streak since the start of the regularly scheduled matches, the last Cal loss of the year came against USC in the 3rd place match of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational in Irvine. While the Golden Bears have also lost in tournament play to Stanford and UCLA, Bears have beat both of those squads in the regular season schedule matches with the proper time to prep.

Led by a pair of senior Hungarian Calympians in Dora Antal (Cal’s all-time leading goal scorer with 233 goals and counting) and Anna Illes, Cal Women’s Water Polo has what it takes to win the program’s first NCAA national championship in 2018. Dutch freshman Kitty Lynn Joustra have been great for the Bears from the center position in conference play. Drivers Carla Carraga (from Italy) and Emma Wright (from Canada) have tied Dora Antal for the season lead in goals with 36 apiece for the high power Cal offense. Junior Madison Tagg has been solid in goal for the Bears.

Bears are coming off an easy 13-5 win over San Jose State on Senior Day last week.

USC Trojans have only a lone loss on the season from a tournament match against Stanford in February. Weirdly, they don’t play Stanford nor UCLA (nor the forgotten MPSF member in San Jose State) until after this Cal match. Nonetheless, the Bears can decide the MPSF regular season title by going 5-0 against Stanford, UCLA, Arizona State, San Jose State, and now USC if they can pull off this huge road victory.

Golden Bears will also be considered a heavy favorite for the MPSF tournament since that will take place from Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley on April 27th-29th. The NCAA national championship will take place at USC on May 11th-13th.


No.3 Cal Rugby visits No.1 SMC in regulars season finale

It is possibly the most anticipated regular season match for those who cares about college rugby rankings. No.3 California Golden Bears (19-1, 6-0 in PAC) will visit No.1 Saint Mary’s College Gaels (17-0, 4-0 in California) on Saturday to close out the regular season.

FloRugby will have the action on Saturday, starting at 1pm PT, but one would need to spend $ to subscribe to that service.

This match will pit the winner of the 2017 Varsity Cup (Cal) against the winner of the 2017 D1R National Championships (St. Mary’s). SMC managed to edge Cal late in this match last year.

With the Varsity Cup not being a thing in 2018, Cal and SMC will participate in the same postseason for the first time in awhile. Chances are good that the two schools might meet again with even more at stake in a few weeks. Nevertheless, this will be a great statement match for the Bears, whose lone blemish came when a reserve squad lost a tough match up at University of British Columbia.

Against common opponents this year, Cal have outscored those teams by a larger margin than SMC in 2018. It should be a good match.

Bears will host the 1st round of the postseason against a TBD opponent on April 14th. Quarterfinal will then take place on April 21st. Semifinal will take place from either St. Mary’s or Life on April 28th. The national championship will take place from Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara (same site as the Varsity Cup final last year) on May 5th.


No.14 Cal Beach Volleyball visits Wildcat Invitational

Coming off a tough Pac-12 south tournament from Santa Monica two weeks ago, the battle tested Cal Beach Volleyball will look to build upon the biggest win in program history (4-1 win over No.10 Arizona) when they visit the Wildcat Invitational in Arizona this week where they will get the chance to play both Arizona and Arizona State.

Here is the latest ranking for the Pac-12 schools.

Bears had an easy 5-0 home win over San Francisco last Friday where they did not drop a set.

Head coach Meagan Owusu was recently named to AVCA’s “30 under 30” list.

Being the newest program in Cal Athletics, the Beach Volleyball program has steadily improve every year. It took awhile but the Bears have finally got enough legit recruits to fill out their roster with players with a ton of beach volleyball experience in high school (rather than converted indoor volleyball players) leading to the success this season.

This weekend’s action will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks giving fans a rare view of the program.

WILDCAT INVITATIONAL

Bear Down Beach - Tucson, Ariz.(All Times PT)

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

No. 14 Cal vs. Arizona State, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Cal vs. No. 17 Stetson, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

No. 14 Cal vs. Colorado Mesa, 11 a.m.

No. 14 Cal vs. No. 15 Arizona, 1 p.m.

*-All matches televised by the Pac-12 Networks


First ever Pac-12 victory for Cal Lacrosse

It took way too long, but Cal Lacrosse has finally earned their 1st Pac-12 victory last week when they managed to defeat ASU. With the addition of the ASU program, there are finally enough teams for Pac-12 to sponsor lacrosse as a sport in 2018. After a pretty successful out of conference season, Golden Bears hit a skid in Pac-12 play, losing every match in the first half. Bears were finally able to avenge the shocking home loss to ASU from the week before by taking down the Sun Devils in Tempe last week.

Check out the highlights below: Bears had a big first half but had to hold on for the victory.

Bears got 4 goals apiece from Parker Garrett and Kirsten Swanson (who also had 3 assists).

Golden Bears (5-8, 1-6 in Pac-12 play) will have 4 more matches, all from the Bear Territory that is Memorial Stadium, in their 2018 regular season campaign starting with a visit from Fresno State this weekend. Oregon, Colorado, and Stanford will then visit Berkeley ahead of the first ever Pac-12 championship to be hosted by Colorado. May the home field advantage allow the Bears to upset 1 or 2 of those teams.

GO BEARS!