Expectations can only go so far

Luka and Aleksa Saponjic’s parents flew out from Serbia for a match that will never happen. The brothers were supposed to play their first and only championship match together as anchors on opposite sides of the offense. But one goal in one game reversed their team’s fate. The Cal men’s
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Bears championship dream drowns in early exit

The Cal men’s water polo team didn’t know that its last practice would actually be its last practice. One week ago, the team took to the Spieker Aquatics pool for final drills before flying to Los Angeles for the MPSF tournament. The players knew that they’d be back to train
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Senior attacker Zach Greenwood scored a goal in Cal’s opening round match against UC Irvine in the MPSF Tournament on Friday.

Bears season cut short at MPSF Tournament

Luka Saponjic could have saved the game. With 27 seconds left in the final overtime period of Saturday’s 7-6 loss, the senior attacker posted up close to the goal with the ball in his left hand. From his position Saponjic had a chance to score. It was the MPSF semifinal
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Sophomore attacker Collin Smith notched a hat trick in Saturday's Big Splash.

Cal defense overwhelms Stanford in Big Splash

It was supposed to be a close game. Heading into Saturday’s match against No. 4 Stanford in Stanford, Calif., the No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team predicted a one-goal margin decided late in the game. After all, that was how the previous two matchups between the rivals ended: in
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Cal invades Stanford for Big Splash

Helicopters hovered miles above campus late Tuesday night as the No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team ran 6-on-5 drills. The noise from the rotors cut harshly through the air, forcing coaches and players to raise their voices a few decibels higher just to be heard above the din. Beyond
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Bears break late tie to beat Tigers

There is something about No. 7 Pacific that continues to threaten top-ranked teams. The Tigers (14-11, 1-5 MPSF) remain firmly planted in the bottom half of the conference. They haven’t won many conference games, but they still boast a potent offense that bursts into every game. “They deserve to be, not
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Bears stress defense for Pacific match

If it wasn’t for five goals in the fourth quarter, the No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team would have lost to No. 8 Pacific in the second round of the SoCal Invitational. As it is, the Bears (17-3, 5-1) scraped off an 11-9 victory in the final minutes of
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Eye on the prize

National Player of the Year Ivan Rackov hates being slighted. His thirst to prove himself carried him from Serbia to become one of America’s best athletes.

It all came down to a rule. In 2005, when Ivan Rackov was 16, the Water Polo Association of Serbia reconfigured its age groups for tournament eligibility, and by technical error Rackov’s generation didn’t fit with any eligible group. For the next year, Rackov’s club team didn’t compete. Since his
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