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Cal Opens 2022 Season In Southern California

Feb 24, 2022

BERKELEY No. 11 California beach volleyball will open the 2022 season on Friday as they head to Southern California for four games in two days.
Cal will open the campaign Friday with a matchup against Cal State Northridge at noon at the Ocean Beach Courts in Santa Monica. Cal will follow that with a 2 p.m. tilt against No. 4 Loyola Marymount. On Saturday, Cal will head to Irvine to take on host Irvine Valley College at 10 a.m. and No. 15 Long Beach State at 11 a.m.
- Cal begins the 2022 season with four matches in two days in Southern California. 
- Cal opens the year facing off with CSUN and No. 4 LMU in Santa Monica. LMU advanced to the final day of the NCAA Championship last year.
- All-time Cal is 5-4 vs. the opponents they will face this weekend - 1-0 vs. CSUN, 3-2 vs. LMU and 1-2 vs. Long Beach State. Cal has never faced off with Irvine Valley College.
- Cal was picked 11th in the AVCA Preseason Poll.
- The top-12 ranking continues a streak of being ranked in the top 12 of every poll since April 23, 2018. The Bears have now spent 1395 consecutive days ranked in the top 12 of the AVCA Coaches Poll.
- The Bears have finished each of the past four seasons ranked in the top 12 of the final poll, including an 11th-place finish in the final poll of the 2021 season.
- The Bears were chosen eighth in the preseason Collegiate Beach Volleyball Preseason Committee Rankings.
- Cal will have a new look this year as Meagan Owusu returns to coach the team after spending the 2020 season on maternity leave and leaving the team for the 2021 season. 
- Cal welcomes eight newcomers to the team for the 2022 season including four transfers: AVCA All-American Ana Costa (Stetson), Ashley Delgado (Tulane), Natalie Martin (LSU) and Lexi McKeown (Florida State).
- Cal pairs that incoming experience with a talented group of freshmen: Ella Dreibholz, Alena Korobko, Ella Sears and Alex Young-Gomez.
- Eight different players made their collegiate beach debut during the 2021 season: Francesca Gettings, Katie Smoot, Maddie Sundholm, Kate Bierly, Brooke Buchner, Ava Mann, Maya Gessner and Grace Paulson.
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