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No. 6 Bears Head To MPSF Championships

Apr 20, 2022

2022 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
No. 9 Arizona State (14-11) vs. No. 6 Cal (15-4), 2:30 p.m.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 23
Arizona State/Cal winner vs. No. 1 USC (17-2), 2:30 p.m.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Fifth Place Game, 11 a.m.
Third Place Game, 12:45 a.m.
Championship, 2:30 p.m.

The No. 6 Cal women's water polo team looks to solidify its NCAA Championship standing when it travels to the MPSF Championships this weekend at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Bears enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed and meet fifth-seeded Arizona State in Friday's first round at 2:30 p.m. A win would move Cal into the semifinals against top-seeded USC. The tournament champion earns an automatic berth into next month's NCAA Championship while a deep run can still enhance a team's prospects as an at-large selection. Cal has played ASU three times this season and won all three matchups.

 
BEAR NECESSITIES

EARNING IT
Not only do the Bears have a heady record at 15-4, they are the only team in the country that has played a ranked opponent in every game this season. Thirteen of Cal's 19 opponents have been ranked in the top-10, and each of the Bears' four losses have come against teams ranked in the top-6. Cal also has a win over No. 2 Stanford on its resume.

IZZY'S TIME
In her first season as a starter, junior Isabel Williams is stating her case as the best goalie in the country. She leads the MPSF at 10.5 saves per game and has a .601 save percentage. Williams, who has twice been named MPSF Player of the Week this season, has registered 199 saves this season - eighth on the program's all-time single-season list. She also has moved into 10th place in career saves at Cal with 247.

THE WRIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY
Emma Wright continues her climb up Cal's all-time scoring list. Wright is now in sole possession of fifth place on the program's career scoring list with 193 goals, and needs seven more to reach sole possession of the No. 4 spot, currently held by Kaliya Young's 199 career goals. If she passes Young, Wright will also become the 47th player in MPSF history to reach the 200-goal mark in a career (fourth at Cal). Wright is a three-time All-American who also served as co-captain of the Canadian Olympic Team in Tokyo last summer. She is currently tied for fifth in the MPSF at 3.5 points per game and ranks ninth at 2.1 goals per contest.

RUBY'S RETURN
After opting out of the 2021 season, sophomore Ruby Swadling has picked up where she left off after a promising freshman campaign. Swadling, a member of the 2020 MPSF All-Newcomer Team who also garnered 2020 All-MPSF honorable mention, ranks second on the Bears in points (52), assists (24) and steals (16) while is also tied for second in goals (28). Included in Swadling's performance this season is a seven-point effort (2 goals, 5 assists) in a 17-7 win over then-No. 4 Arizona State during the Cross Conference Challenge on January 22.

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.