Player of the Week: Marin Balarin

Cal sports in general lagged this weekend. Football got slaughtered in what should have been an easy and reassuring win, volleyball lost to SoCal rivals in two straight matches, and women’s soccer gave up a pivotal match against Oregon State.

Extras from Cal volleyball’s weekend losses

Identity Crisis As the regular season winds down to a close, the No. 7 Cal volleyball team still looks like it hasn’t found an identity. The team is suffering from the lack of a clear-cut star player.

Player of the Week: Ivan Rackov

This one goes to Ivan Rackov, the all-around standout of the No. 4 Cal men’s water polo team.  The reigning National Player of the Year scored four goals in Friday’s 11-8 win over No. 6 Pepperdine, including a sick 5-meter penalty shot halfway through the second quarter that effortlessly sailed
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Pac-12 volleyball rankings

1. USC (17-3, 12-1 in the Pac-12) The No. 4 Trojans dropped their conference opener on Sept. 9 to rival UCLA. USC hasn’t lost since.