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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Cal pumps up second half against Irvine

It was hard to tell if that first goal of the day came as a surprise to the No. 4 Cal men’s water polo team. Either way, less than two minutes into the first quarter, the ball sailed past Cal’s goalie into the back of the net, giving one of
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Bears cross MPSF chasm for weekend match

In the world of collegiate men’s water polo, there is a wide chasm that splits the MPSF. The mere spectator, overly reliant on stats and rankings, wouldn’t even know it existed. After all, the MPSF is the nation’s most cutthroat conference, and all nine teams have held a top-10 slot
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Bears set to prove power in conference

For the No. 4 Cal men’s water polo team, this Friday’s 6 p.m. match will be played amidst the shadows from the buildings that surround the Spieker Aquatics pool as the sun sets across the Bay. But the bigger shadow the Bears (14-3, 2-1 MPSF) will have to contend with
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USC tops Cal in sudden death

Justin Parsons didn’t earn MPSF Player of the Week last Tuesday for nothing. The starting goalie is the last line of defense on the No. 2 Cal men’s water polo team. In Saturday’s home match against No. 4 USC, Parsons made clutch saves — including taking a ball to the
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Bears open MPSF play with two straight wins

With the exception of one extra goal, there was very little difference for the No. 2 Cal men’s water polo team between Friday’s match against No. 3 UCLA and the SoCal semifinal match a week before. At the SoCal Invitational, the Bears (14-2, 2-0 in the MPSF) broke away from
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