Sports in Brief: Big (Re)Match Foiled by Weather

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The No. 17 Cal mens tennis team's match with No. 6 Stanford was postponed due to rain yesterday.

The Bears (14-4, 2-0 Pac-10) will make up the match today at 3 p.m. at Hellman Tennis Center, hoping to sweep the Cardinal (16-2 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) for the first time since 1962.

Cal defeated Stanford earlier this year, 4-3 in Palo Alto.

Sullivan Snub a Rare Loss for Coughlin

Cal sophomore Natalie Coughlin came up short in her bid for the James E. Sullivan Award last night in New York City.

Figure skater Michelle Kwan was awarded the prestigious honor, given annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in America.

The other finalists were Mark Prior (baseball), Sean Townsend (gymnastics) and Alan Webb (track).

The finalists were voted on by a 700-person panel for their accomplishments in 2001. Coughlin dominated the recent NCAA Championships, where she set four American records, but those achievements were not taken into consideration by Sullivan voters.

Women Ruggers Reach Sweet Sixteen

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The Bears fought through Humboldt State and Oregon to earn a place in the Sweet Sixteen of the USA Rugby National Championship.

The Cal women's rugby team fulfilled their top seed in last weekend's Pacific Coast Playoffs, held at Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo.

The Bears' wins over Humboldt State and Oregon clinched Cal a berth in the USA Rugby Sweet Sixteen Tournament against Air Force, to be held in Florida the weekend of April 20th.

The Bears had finished second in the competitive Northern California league. Thus far, Cal's only loss of the season came against league champion Stanford.

This marks the first time in the team's five-year history the Bears made it this far in the season. Cal reached the Pacific Coast Playoffs last year, but failed to qualify for the Sweet Sixteen.

Cal convincingly defeated Humboldt, 34-3, Saturday. Wing Makenna Barris notched two tries while flyhalf Debbie Marshall kicked for nine points.

Sunday's win against Oregon earned the Bears a 12th seed in the Sweet Sixteen. Air Force is seeded fifth.

The top four finishers of the Sweet Sixteen will then proceed to the USA Rugby Final Four Tournament, to be held the first weekend of May.

Men's Lacrosse Earns Weekend Sweep

The No. 8 Cal men's lacrosse team won twice more this past weekend.

The Bears are looking to take the momentum from their five-game winning streak into their match against Stanford Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kleeberger Field.

Cal has not lost to Stanford in over 10 years-even though the Cardinal placed second at last year's nationals in St Louis, while Cal finished sixth.

The Bears (13-3) treated their fans to a 10-4 victory over Colorado at Kleeberger last Saturday.

Senior Todd Parker led all players with four goals, and added four assists as well. Parker is currently ranked fifth in the West Coast Lacrosse League with 50 goals and 17 assists this season.

On Sunday, the Bears traveled to St Mary's, where they defeated the Gaels 9-5.

If Cal wins its final regular season this weekend it will lock up the No. 2 north seed and start the playoffs the following weekend at home against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.


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