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Cal Set For Pac-12 South Invitational

Mar 24, 2022

BERKELEY No. 11 California beach volleyball will head to Bear Down Beach in Tucson for four matches in two days this weekend at the Pac-12 South Invitational. The Bears will face off with Arizona State at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday followed by a 4:30 p.m. matchup with No. 17 Arizona. On Sunday, Cal will play Washington at 8 a.m. and Oregon at 10:30 a.m.
- Cal will travel to Tucson for matches against Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and Oregon.
- Cal is 8-4 all-time vs. Arizona State and has won six of the past eight meetings in the series.
- Cal defeated No. 8 Arizona last year in the Pac-12 Tournament and has won three of the past four in the series.
- Cal is 9-4 all-time vs. Washington and has won seven straight in the series.
- Cal is 9-0 all-time vs. Oregon and has won 40 sets and only lost three.
- When Cal faces off with Washington they will go against head coach Derek Olson, Olson spent four years at Cal, serving as Interim Head Coach in 2020 and 2021.
- Cal has won nine of the past 10 matches, including six straight with three ranked wins during that stretch, but the Bears dropped on spot to 11th in the most recent AVCA Coaches Poll.
-The Bears were picked 11th in the Preseason AVCA Preseason Poll, but moved up one spot to No. 10 after the first week of action and were at 10th for three weeks.
- The top-12 ranking continues a streak of being ranked in the top 12 of every poll since April 23, 2018. Cal has now spent 1423 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 are currently ninth in the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Preseason Committee Rankings.
- Cal is 14-1 against teams outside the top five of the AVCA Rankings, including 4-1 against ranked teams. Cal's lone loss was to No. 9 Hawaii, who they also defeated.
- 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 this year including four transfers: All-American Ana Costa (Stetson), Ashley Delgado (Tulane), Natalie Martin (LSU) and Lexi McKeown (FSU). 
- Cal pairs that incoming experience with a talented group of freshmen: Ella Dreibholz, Alena Korobko, Ella Sears and Alex Young-Gomez. Sears and Young-Gomez made their debuts last weekend.
- The only players on Cal's team who were on the team in 2020 are Mima Mirkovic (111 matches), Ainsley Radell (56), Kate Bierly (17), Francesca Gettings (3) and Madison Sundholm (2).
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