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Jan. 18, 2009

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The Week Ahead at Cal State Northridge...
So you think you can cook? ... Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, offers his weekly insights on the accomplishments of the teams, coaches, and student-athletes who compete for Cal State Northridge.

Cooking Chatter...
So you think you can cook a "five star" meal? ... Steve Rousey thinks he can ... The longtime head coach of the Matador baseball team is turning in his ball, bat and glove for a chance to become a "Top Chef" when Rousey competes in the first-ever "NCAA Baseball Coaches Cook-Off" on Saturday, January 24 (8-11 a.m.), at the ESPN Zone Restaurant in the Anaheim Downtown Disney District ... Rousey will compete in the "Iron Chef" style competition against head coaches from USC, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, University of San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara ... Rousey will team with an ESPN Zone chef to prepare an entree in a 20-minute time period and present their creations to a panel of judges ... The dishes will be graded on presentation, creativity and taste ... The winning coach will be crowned "Top Chef" and more importantly "bragging rights" ... No doubt, in his spare time, Rousey is hovering over a hot kitchen stove preparing what promises to be an all-star meal ... Good luck coach.

Aquatics Analysis...
Spring is just around the corner, and that means another Matador team is about ready to start another season ... The nationally-ranked Matador women's water polo season begins this weekend with games at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor ... It's a new season and a new league for the Matadors ... The Best West Conference is beginning sponsorship of women's water polo, and the Matadors are considered one of the league favorites ... Cal State Northridge is ranked 14th in the pre-season ... Other Big West teams ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Pre-Season Top 20 include #9 UC Davis, #13 UC Irvine, #15 Long Beach State, and #17 UC Santa Barbara ... USC is ranked #1 while is Stanford is #2, and defending NCAA champion UCLA third ... The Matadors return six of its top eight scorers from a year ago, including Jessica Coy who scored 39 goals and Chelsea Curran who tallied 36 times ... Jillian Stapf returns as one of the top goalkeepers in the country ... Stapf is on pace to become the all-time saves leader in school history.

Athletic Events THIS WEEK At Cal State Northridge (all times are local)

Wednesday, January 21
Women's Tennis at UCLA, 1:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs Cal State Fullerton, The Matadome, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, January 23
Men's Volleyball vs UC Santa Barbara, The Matadome, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 24
Track & Field, All Comers Meet, Matador Track Complex, 8:30 a.m.
Women's Water Polo vs San Jose State at Michigan Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
Women's Basketball at UC Irvine, 4:00 p.m.
Women's Water Polo vs Arizona State at Michigan Invitational, 5:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs UC Irvine, The Matadome, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, January 25
Women's Water Polo vs Indiana at Michigan Invitational, 9:05 a.m.
Women's Water Polo vs California at Michigan Invitational, 1:25 p.m.

Go Matadors...

Molly Barnes begins her eighth season as head coach of the Matadors women's water polo team.

Molly Barnes begins her eighth season as head coach of the Matadors women's water polo team.