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No. 4 Bears Resume MPSF Play Vs. No. 2 UCLA

Mar 3, 2022

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
NO. 2 UCLA (18-1, 2-0 MPSF) AT NO. 4 CAL (11-1, 0-1) | 1:30 P.M. PT | SPIEKER AQUATICS COMPLEX | BERKELEY, CALIF.
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The No. 4 Cal women's water polo team resumes MPSF play on Saturday against No. 2 UCLA, the Golden Bears' first home game since they hosted the Cal Cup on Jan. 29-30. Cal has played a top-15 opponent in every game it has played this season, including nine top-10 foes. The Bears began the season at 11-0, which was their best start in 13 years, before finally losing at No. 3 USC on Feb. 19. The Bears have not played since then due to health and safety protocols within the team. Saturday marks the first of back-to-back home games -  Cal also hosts No. 12 San Jose State on March 12.

 
BEAR NECESSITIES

THE WRIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY
After taking the 2020 and 2021 seasons off to train with Team Canada and compete in the Tokyo Olympics, senior Emma Wright is unsurprisingly dominating in her return to Berkeley. The co-captain of the Canadian Olympic Team leads the Bears with 25 goals and 40 points and ranks in the top-10 in both categories in the MPSF. Now with 179 goals in her career, Wright has moved into sole possession of sixth place on the program's all-time scoring list. She needs 11 more goals to pass Alisa vonHartitzsch for fifth place on Cal's career 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 in save percentage (.603), goals-against average (6.85) and saves per game (9.5), and was named the MPSF Player of the Week on Feb. 8 after leading the Bears to three wins at the Stanford Invitational, including a sudden victory triumph over then-No. 2 Stanford. 

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, is tied for seventh in the MPSF with 1.4 assists per game. 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 20 goals and 20 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 UCLA
• Bruins started 18-0 before losing to Stanford last weekend at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational
• SR Maddie Musselman was the MVP of the Tokyo Olympics
• Musselman leads the MPSF in goals (47), points (70) and steals (30)
 • CAL ALL-TIME VS. UCLA: 13-61