Cal to face first real tests of season

For nearly a decade, a California triumvirate has dominated collegiate men’s water polo. USC, UCLA, and Cal have each claimed the last nine NCAA Championships and are perennially ranked No. 1, 2 and 3 in the nation. They’ve traded wins back and forth, often by the slightest of margins. And
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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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Get Wet: Extras from the Big Splash

Quick Overview: The No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team completely annihilated a lagging No. 4 Stanford, 11-4, at the Avery Aquatics Center in Stanford, Calif., on Saturday. A product of a lethal defense and seamless transitions, the Bears launched a seven-goal attack in the first half that left the
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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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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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