Bears Change Pace, Take It Easy in Davis at Mini Tourney

Photo: Senior Brian Dudley is contributing in every major statistical category for the Bears. Dudley has 13 steals, second-best on the team, six assists and five goals on the season.
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Senior Brian Dudley is contributing in every major statistical category for the Bears. Dudley has 13 steals, second-best on the team, six assists and five goals on the season.

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The No. 3 Cal men's water polo team (5-1) has another tournament this weekend, although the Davis Mini Tournament is not nearly as stacked with talent as last weekend's Norcal Invitational.

The Bears are one of five teams participating, the others being Redlands, Santa Clara, UC Davis and ARC.

Cal will open the Davis Mini Tournament against the unranked Redlands (5-4) bright and early at 10:15 a.m., before taking on tournament host No. 11 UC Davis (9-3) at 4:15 p.m., the same day.

As a frame of reference, the Division III Bulldogs lost 23-3 against USC and 23-5 against Stanford. When the Bears faced the Trojans and Cardinals at the Norcal Invitational, they lost 11-12 and won 11-8, respectively.

All things held equal, Cal should have a field day with Redlands and be able to allow its younger players a good deal of playing time. The newest additions to the Bears have responded positively to the responsibility their team has given them.

"Giacomo (Cupido) is one of our stronger defensive players," senior Zach White said. "I play against Giacomo in practice and he's really quick, very active when he plays defense."

Cupido and lefty Max Bergeson, another freshman, were key players against Cal's MPSF opponents in the NorCal Invitational, assisting and scoring in clutch situations.

"(Max) is quick with the ball," White said. "On the six-on-five, he's money in the six spot."

Bergeson pitched in three goals in the NorCal tournament. He plays the supporting role for Serbian veteran Luka Saponjic, who is also a lefty.

"Max, Giacomo, and Collin (Smith) are all very active kind of players which really helps fit the missing piece of the puzzle that we have from this summer," White added.

The Bears' second game against the Aggies shouldn't be quite as easy their first. This isn't to say it will be close, though, since the season opener against them was a 14-4 victory.

"They're not going to beat UCLA or Stanford out there, but they always come out aggressive," White said. "We have to match that energy and not let them get momentum on us or it extends the game."

Davis has done well for itself so far, moving up four spots from when it started the season at 15th place. It split the NorCal Tournament 2-2, one of those losses coming against Stanford.

Cal head coach Kirk Everist predicted the Aggies' potential far before they started moving up the ranks.

"I think Davis is going to give people some trouble," he said after the season opener. "They've got some strong guys, some speed, and a pretty good goalie."

The Bears were supposed to preface the Davis Mini Tournament by playing Pacific at home tonight, but the game was rescheduled for Oct. 22.


Byron Atashian covers men's water polo. Contact him at [email protected]

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