No. 4 Bears Continue Homestand Against No. 12 SJSU


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Cal goalie Isabel Williams leads the MPSF at 10.2 saves per game.

Cal And San Jose State To Meet For Second Time This Season

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

NO. 12 SAN JOSE STATE (10-9, 0-2 MPSF) AT NO. 4 CAL (11-2, 0-2) | 1:30 PM PT | SPIEKER AQUATICS COMPLEX BERKELEY, CALIF.
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The No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team plays its second-to-last home game of the season Saturday when it hosts No. 12 San Jose State at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears and Spartans have already met once this season, with Cal prevailing 17-10 at the Cal Cup in Berkeley. Freshman Rozanne Voorvelt had her first career hat trick in that game while she, Elli Protopapas and Grace Raisin each had four-point games. The Bears are 58-2 all-time against the Spartans, who are coming off an 11-10 heartbreaking loss to No. 10 Arizona State last weekend in San Jose.

BEAR NECESSITIES

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 leads the MPSF in saves per game (10.2) while ranking second in save percentage (.611) and goals-against average (7.03). Williams 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.

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 the MPSF in points per game (3.1). 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 von Hartitzsch for fifth place on Cal’s career list.

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 the 2020 All-MPSF honorable mention, is tied for ninth 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 a 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. 12 SAN JOSE STATE
• Spartans have four victories against ranked opponents this season
• JR Lior Ben David is tied for the MPSF lead with 29 assists
• SJSU has won three of its past four games and four of its past seven
• CAL ALL-TIME VS. SAN JOSE STATE: 58-2

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