Bears Aim for Conference Crown at PAC 7s
PAC Sevens TournamentSat.-Sun. Nov. 2-3North Athletic Field, UCLAMap & Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/QAUTtTickets: $15 day/ $20 weekend; Free for Students w ID, Youth Under 12 and Youth Players in Club T-Shirt or JerseyParking: Paid LotSat. Cal Schedule: vs. USC 9 a.m., vs. Washington 10:40 a.m., vs. Colorado 12:40 p.m., vs. ASU 3:40 p.m. (all PT)
BERKELEY – California finishes its fall 7s schedule Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, in Los Angeles at the PAC Sevens Tournament, where the Golden Bears will seek the conference 7s crown at the UCLA-hosted event on North Athletic Field.
The 10-team field comprised of member universities from the Pac-12 Conference begins with pool play on day one, pitting the Bears (8-2) against Southern California at 9 a.m., Washington at 10:40 a.m., Colorado at 12:40 p.m. and Arizona State at 3:40 p.m. (all PT).
Cal will travel a roster, captained by Jake Anderson, that includes a mix of veterans and stalwarts to the conference tourney hoping to repeat its success of last year, when the Bears won the 2012 PAC Sevens title with the event’s best points differential, most total points, most tries and fewest points allowed over six matches.
The Bears begin on Saturday with the Trojans, facing USC for the first time since their last and only previous 7s meeting at the conference tourney in 2012, when Cal shut out Southern California, 43-0.
It will be the first 7s meeting between the Bears and Huskies. Washington claimed the plate final over Western Washington at the NCRC 7s in October after falling to Central Washington in the cup semis, 15-0.
The match with the Buffaloes will be another first in 7s for the Bears. Colorado advanced to the semifinals of last weekend’s Rocky Mountain 7s, where they fell to Brigham Young, 22-12, then lost in the consolation match to Air Force, 33-24.
The Sun Devils are more familiar to Cal, which advanced past ASU, 12-0, Oct. 27 in the cup quarterfinals of the Saint Mary’s 7s.
The second pool at the PAC Sevens features the host Bruins followed by Arizona, Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford.
On Sunday, the top-two teams in each pool will battle in a crossover semifinal against the other, and the PAC Sevens champion will be decided in the conference tournament cup final at 1 p.m.
“Advancing from the pool to the semis won’t be easy. We’ve seen ASU and they have a fine team. Colorado and Washington should provide a stiff challenge as well,” said head coach Jack Clark. “All our focus needs to be on day one or day two we’ll be watching the cup championship”