Thicker than water: Aleksa Saponjic’s bond with his family

Aleksa Saponjic is a standout scorer at Cal and an Olympic bronze medalist — and he owes it all to his family.

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On the largest stage in the world, Aleksa Saponjic hears a lot of distractions. It’s Sunday, Aug. 12. Aleksa is a starting player for the Serbian national water polo squad, and his team is in the bronze-medal match against Montenegro in the 2012 London Olympics. The summer Games drew millions
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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 Breaking Out: Aleksa Saponjic

Prepare to hear the last name “Saponjic” over and over when the Cal men’s water polo team scores in 2011. Starting this fall, Aleksa will join his older brother, Luka — a 48-goal scorer last year — for their only shot to win a national title together. One of the more promising talents of this
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