Bears squeak by Aztecs, advance in MPSF tourney

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If the Bears' last match-up with San Diego State was too close for comfort, they hadn't seen anything yet.

The No. 2 Cal women's water polo got all it can handle in its MPSF tournament opener, gutting out a 7-6 victory over the ninth-ranked Aztecs (20-13) at San Jose State Aquatics Center.

The morning tilt was a fierce back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than a goal the entire way. After SDSU's Amber Pezzolla got her team on the board just 30 ticks into the game, Cal (22-4) responded with back-to-back scores from Breda Vosters and Dana Ochsner.

The two squads went into halftime deadlocked at four goals apiece, and Ronni Gautschi put the Aztecs up, 5-4, in the minute of the third quarter. But with the score tied at 6-6 in the fourth, Vosters struck on the man advantage to put the Bears up for good with 4:30 remaining.

Cal advances to Saturday's second round to take on tournament host San Jose State, which pulled off an 11-9 upset of third-ranked Hawaii.


Ed Yevelev covers women's water polo. Contact him at [email protected]

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