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Sports shorts

Monday April 15, 2002

Surging Cal golfers second at Barnard 

STANFORD – No. 18 California continued its rise on the national scene with a second-place finish at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate Sunday at the Stanford Golf Course. The Lady Golden Bears matched the best round of the day at 296 to finish six strokes back (599) of No. 19 Washington (593). The Huskies also carded a 296 to lead wire-to-wire and win the 14-team tournament.  

The Bears started the day in a tie for fourth with San Jose State.  

No. 14 USC placed third (600), followed by host No. 29 Stanford (607) and No. 8 Arizona State (610).  

Junior Vikki Laing and sophomore Sarah Huarte paced the Bears, finishing in a five-way tie for fourth with three-over-par 147. Laing shot a 72 Sunday, while Huarte finished with a 71. Cal junior Ria Quiazon also posted a top 20 finish, tying for 16th at 152 after a final round of 75.  

USC’s Mikaela Parmlid won the individual competition with a one-under-par 143. Stanford’s Kim Rowton was runner-up with a 145, and Washington’s Lindsay Morgan finished third at 146.  

Cal next competes at the Pac-10 Championships, April 22-24, in Walla Walla, Wash.  


Women’s tennis finishes home season with win 

The Cal women’s tennis team closed out its 2002 home slate with a win today, defeating Pac-10 rival Arizona 5-2 to claim its second conference win of the season. With the win, the Bears improved to 12-7 (2-3 Pac-10), while Arizona dropped to 8-12 (2-4 Pac-10). 

Cal was swept in doubles for the second consecutive match, with Christina Fusano and Jieun Jacobs rallying from a 4-0 deficit to lose in a tiebreaker 9-8 (8-6). The Bears got things back on track during singles, however, winning in straight sets on five of six courts.  

Sophomore Catherine Lynch got her first-ever win at the top spot, claiming a hard-fought 7-5, 6-2 victory over the higher-ranked Maja Mlakar. Fusano claimed yet another win, defeating Diane Hollands, 6-4, 6-1. Jacobs and Jody Schelt both dominated on their respective courts, with Jacobs winning in a pair of 6-1 sets, while Scheldt finished off Lorena Marino 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Carla Arguelles was in the midst of a comeback against Marie-Pier Pouliot, when the Wildcat was forced to withdraw due to injury.  

The Bears finish off their regular season this week in Los Angeles, challenging UCLA on Friday and USC on Saturday.  


Bears upset by ASU 

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Cal men’s tennis team was defeated by Arizona State, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Whiteman Tennis Center. With the loss, the Bears fell to 15-6 (3-2 Pac-10), while Arizona State improved to 9-9 (2-4).  

The Sun Devils clinched the doubles point by upending Cal’s duo of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk at the top court, in a 9-8 (11) tiebreak win. In singles, Fruttero’s aversion to tiebreaks continued, as he was defeated in a three-set match that was completed in a 7-6(6) near-deadlock. 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Balazs Veress got things back on track on the second court, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Kowalcayk rebounded from a rough start to defeat Olivier Charroin, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.  

Cal returns to Hellman Tennis Center this week for a three-match homestand, which will close out the 2002 regular season homeslate for the Bears. First up is Pepperdine, on Monday at 1:30 p.m.  


Water polo beats Spartans 

The Cal women’s water polo team (15-7) closed out its 2002 home slate Sunday, defeating Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival San Jose State, 9-4, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears and the Spartans have already played their MPSF match this season, therefore Cal’s third win over SJSU does not count in conference standings.  

On senior day, team captain Brenna Fleener scored three goals in her last performance before the home crowd to lead the Bears. Former Olympian Ericka Lorenz added a pair, while freshman sensation Jodie Needles checked in with a score. For the Spartans, Christine Welsh led the team with a pair of scores.  

Cal goalie Lauren Dennis caught fire during the first period, notching three of her eight saves in the frame, while senior Julia Cesnik scored her final goal at Spieker to get things started. By the end of the first half, Cal held a comfortable 4-1 lead.  

The Spartans would rally, but would not come within two goals of the Bears. Lorenz had both of her goals in the second half, while Dennis dominated the Spartan attackers before giving way to freshman Christina Quintanilla in the fourth period. Quintanilla was ejected late in the game, allowing for a final SJSU score before time expired.