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WOMEN'S POLO BEATS DEFENDING CHAMPS

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While much of the focus on campus this weekend was on Cal's basketball win over Stanford, another group of Bears quietly came away with a huge victory on Saturday afternoon.

The women's water polo team beat No. 2 USC 8-3 at Spieker Pool, and in one fell swoop Cal came up with an important league victory and knocked off the defending national champions.

Goalie Stephanie Peckham, a junior, had a monster of a day for the Bears, coming up with 20 saves against the Trojans. She joined us this afternoon to talk about the victory and her hopes for the team moving forward.


David Seawright: Congratulations on the win on Saturday - what did the "W" mean to you?

Stephanie Peckham:
It was the first time I ever beat USC being here. I'm a fourth year so it was awesome. It was so good to see everyone play so hard. It was a really rewarding feeling knowing that we won and we won together, as a team. It was one of my best experiences at Cal so far.

DS:
Beating the defending national champions must give you guys a mental edge moving forward. Is that a fair assumption?

SP:
Yeah - it was a lot of affirmation that we can beat any team. A lot of people thought USC would beat us, but now we have no doubt that we can win NCAA's if we keep working hard. We have a lot of motivation going into the rest of the season.

DS:
It was a big win for the team, but you also came up huge with 20 saves on the day. Where does that rank in your personal accomplishments as a Golden Bear?

SP:
That's pretty high up there, but I really didn't think about it during the game. I just wanted to do it for the team. I didn't care about the number of saves I had, I cared about looking at my teammates knowing we beat the defending national champions. It definitely ranked high up there, but I'm proud of everyone. We did well together.

DS:
What are your goals moving forward?

SP:
Just to get better every day. I want to win every game that we play, go to NCAAs and win and all that stuff, but right now it's just to be better at this practice so we're ready to play this weekend.

DS:
What big games do you have remaining here in Berkeley that you'd like fans to check out?

SP:
We're playing [current No. 1] Stanford at home. It's our last home game, at 7:00 p.m. on April 16. It's big for us because, obviously, it's Stanford.

GAME TIME AT HAAS PAVILION

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Much of the night is focused on Cal's game against USC at 7:30 p.m, and justifiably so - but that's not all that's happening tonight at Haas Pavilion.

As I write, the women's basketball team is on the floor for its final practice before flying to Los Angeles for its own set of games against USC and UCLA this weekend.

The No. 4 women's water polo team is practicing nearby at Spieker Pool, preparing further for its match up at No. 10 San Jose State on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Utah baseball team is out testing the conditions of Evans Diamond before its three game series against No. 17 Cal kicks off tomorrow, weather permitting. As an aside, a very special guest will be on hand for Sunday's series finale between the Bears and the Utes.

The men's basketball team has already concluded its game day shoot around and has finished its pregame meal. Soon, the Bears will report to the locker room and begin their normal pregame routine.

Similarly, numerous staff members are also performing their normal pregame duties. Two UCPD squad cars are parked outside the main entrance of Haas, other workers are opening concession stands and stocking them with food and the athletic department employees not scheduled to work tonight's games are locking their offices and heading home for the evening.

Very shortly I'll be leaving the desk I work at - it's simply an extra computer, I can't call it "mine" - to shadow the Bears before taking in all the action from press row.

As I mentioned earlier, take to Twitter to let me know if you're going to be at Haas tonight. I'd love to stop by and talk Cal sports with you at some point during the game. And if you couldn't make it tonight, you don't have to worry - I'll be publishing exclusive men's basketball content to the Bear Blog tomorrow.

Cal Men's Water Polo No. 1 in 2010 Preseason Poll

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The 2010 Cal men's water polo team has been selected the nation's No. 1 ranked team in the preseason poll, released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Golden Bears are also tabbed to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation as picked by the MPSF coaches. Head coach Kirk Everist was recently interviewed by NCAA.com and that interview can be read by clicking here.

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