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No. 4 Bears Travel To Stanford Invitational

Feb 2, 2022

STANFORD INVITATIONAL
AT AVERY AQUATIC CENTER, STANFORD, CALIF.

SATURDAY, FEB. 5
NO. 4 CAL VS. NO. 2 STANFORD | 10:30 A.M. PT 
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NO. 4 CAL VS. NO. 10 UC DAVIS | 3:30 P.M. PT
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SUNDAY, FEB. 6
NO. 4 CAL VS. NO. 9 ARIZONA STATE | 10:20 A.M. PT
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The No. 4 Cal women's water polo team continues its streak of playing only top-15 opponents to start the season when it travels to the Stanford Invitational this weekend to take on No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 10 UC Davis at Avery Aquatic Center. The Bears enter the weekend 8-0, having beat five top-10 opponents in the process. The Cardinal should provide the biggest test for Cal so far this season with the return of Tokyo Olympians Makenzie and Aria Fischer. The Bears already played Arizona St. once this season and won handily 17-7 at the Cross Conference Challenge in Tempe, Ariz..

 
BEAR NECESSITIES

BIG LEADS, BIG DEPTH
The Bears have established sizable leads in every game this season, and that has allowed them to get valuable experience for virtually every player on the roster. Nineteen players have scored goals, with almost all of them seeing significant playing time. Cal is outscoring its opponents 108-52 so far this season and has had at least a six-goal lead in every game it has played.

THE WRIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY
Senior Emma Wright is unsurprisingly excelling in her return to the Bears this season. After taking both the 2020 and 2021 seasons off to train for the Tokyo Olympics with Team Canada, Wright is back in the pool for Cal and leads the team with 18 goals. Wright also has nine assists, seven steals and three field blocks. The three-time All-American ranks fifth in the MPSF in both goals per game and points per game. Wright now also has 172 career goals, tied for sixth on the program's all-time list. 

IZZY'S TIME
After the departure of two-time All-American Cassidy Ball, Isabel Williams is now Cal's No. 1 goalie and has been a dominant force in the cage so far. Williams ranks second in the MPSF with a .605 save percentage while ranking third in saves per game (8.6). Williams also scored the first goal of her career in last weekend's win over Long Beach State.

RUBY'S RETURN
Sophomore Ruby Swadling is back in the pool after opting out of the 2021 season and has picked right up from where she left off after a promising freshman season. Swadling, a member of the 2020 MPSF All-Newcomer Team who also garnered 2020 All-MPSF honorable mention, ranks third in the MPSF with 1.6 assists per game and sixth with 3.3 points per contest. Included in her performance this season is a seven-point effort (2 goals, 5 assists) in a 17-7 win over then-No. 4 Arizona State.

YOUNG BEARS
The Bears were buoyed by extensive production by their freshman last season, as first-year players combined for 61 of the team's 216 total goals. Maryn Dempsey and Reagan Whitney were each named to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team, as the Bears were one of only two conference squads to have more than one selection to the team. Whitney, Mallory Reynoso and Maddie DeMattia also each earned MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors. The now-sophomores have combined for 19 goals and 17 assists so far this season.

IN WITH THE NEW (AND OLD)
Cal's coaching staff is a mix of veteran and new faces as four-time Olympian Heather Petri returns as a full-time assistant while Lance Morrison joins the Bears as well. Petri has spent time as both a full-time and volunteer assistant during head coach Coralie Simmons' six-year tenure at Cal, while Morrison comes to the Bears after a successful run as the head coach at prep powerhouse Miramonte High School. Petri was a two-time All-American as a student-athlete at Cal and went on to become the only four-time female Olympian in Cal history. She's also a four-time Olympic medalist, with a gold, two silvers and a bronze.

ABOUT NO. 2 STANFORD
• Tokyo Olympians Makenzie and Aria Fischer are back this season after a two-year absence
• The Cardinal features six ACWPC All-Americans on its roster
• Defeated No. 6 Michigan 14-5 last weekend in Ann Arbor
 • CAL ALL-TIME VS. STANFORD: 22-61

ABOUT NO. 10 UC DAVIS
• The Aggies are off to their best start since 2007
• UC Davis went 3-1 at last weekend's Cal Cup in Berkeley
• Center Noelle Wijnbelt has 19 goals and 11 earned exclusions
 • CAL ALL-TIME VS. UC DAVIS: 44-2

ABOUT NO. 9 ARIZONA STATE
• ASU bounced back from an 0-4 start to beat No. 17 Loyola Marymount twice last weekend
• Fell to the Bears 17-7 during the season-opening Cross Conference Challenge
• FR Vanda Baksa leads the MPSF with 4.3 points and 2.2 assists per game
 • CAL ALL-TIME VS. ARIZONA STATE: 28-9