Review Category : Sports

Sit-down with head football coach Ron Gould

In head coach Ron Gould’s second year at UC Davis, the Aggies finished a disappointing 2-8. The Aggies’ defense struggled significantly throughout the season, allowing opposing offenses to run rampant. Still, sophomore quarterback Ben Scott, junior receiver Ramon Vargas and senior running back Gabe Manzanares all made their season debuts several games into the season and led an offensive resurgence.   The California Aggie was able to catch up with Gould after the 2014 season ended to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the team, the emergence of Scott and his plans for the team going forward.   The Aggie: Overall, where do you think the strong points and weak points were for the team this season? Ron Gould: Some of the strong points: the way our offense finished up with Ben Scott coming back and Ramon Vargas. Those guys did a great job hooking up; I think the last half of the season we averaged about 31 points per game and about 500 yards of offense (after 19 points... ...

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Aggies roar past visiting Eastern Illinois Panthers, 80-70

With 12:38 left in the first half, senior forward Josh Ritchart hit a three assisted by junior forward Josh Fox, giving the Aggies a 14-11 lead. From that point on, UC Davis led the visiting Eastern Illinois University Panthers, finishing the game with an 80-70 victory. Senior guard Corey Hawkins, who has been influential in the Aggies’ 7-1 start, started the game off slow and had just five points in the first half on 1-4 shooting. The second half proved to be a different story as he careened into the paint multiple times, drawing shooting fouls. Hawkins finished the game with 19 points, six assists and a career-high three steals. The real MVP, however, was junior forward J.T. Adenrele, who finished with 17 points on 7-9 shooting in just 22 minutes of playing time, including a few rim-rattling dunks. Senior forward Josh Ritchart added 11 points and six rebounds, but was limited to 24 minutes on the floor due to foul trouble. This game marked the second time that the... ...

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Women’s Team of the Quarter: Cross Country

The women’s cross country team proved to be a formidable opponent over the past few months, facing off against many talented schools during the fall season.  Everything from the team’s wins, to the finishes of individual runners, to the team’s award-winning coach gives reason for its status as the UC Davis Women’s Team of the Quarter. One of the many reasons that makes this team a clear choice for Team of the Quarter is coach Devin Elizondo. He was given the honor of Big West Women’s Conference’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after he helped lead the team to a first-place victory. The recipient of this award is voted on by the coaches participating in the Conference, and though an honor, Elizondo said that he wouldn’t feel up for it if the women did not perform as well as they did. “[The award] comes hand in hand with the way the women performed,” said Elizondo.  “While it’s nice – it’s great – it comes out of the women doing... ...

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Men’s Team of the Quarter: Water Polo

11 weeks of hard-fought wins and unlucky losses led the UC Davis men’s water polo team to the highly anticipated WWPA championship tournament two weeks ago. The Aggies added 26 goals in the tournament, giving them over 325 for the season and achieved a glorious, end-of-the-season victory against No. 19, California Baptist. Despite a hard-hit loss in the semi-finals, UC Davis water polo returned home from WWPA with the triumphant third-place title. Completing the season at 16-17, water polo is UC Davis’s Men’s Team of the Quarter. This season, the water polo team defeated over seven different top-20 teams, and had 2 overtime victories, including a well-earned 7-6 win against No. 15, Santa Clara University. Other victories included those against Pomona-Pitzer, Air Force, Navy, Chapman, Whittier, Concordia, Loyola Marymount and Fresno Pacific universities, prior to the onset of the WWPA championship tournament. Despite losing six of their first seven games of the season, UC Davis demonstrated remarkable perseverance, and came back strong in late September’s Aggie Shootout. UC Davis accomplished... ...

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Male Athlete of the Quarter: Ian Joseph

Senior left tackle Ian Theophilus Joseph, an anthropology major from Placer, Calif., is on his way to becoming a medical doctor, but he might take a quick pit-stop in the NFL. From a young age, Joseph was inspired by his mother and had it engraved in his mind that he would one day become a doctor. But as he was growing up, he fell in love with football as well and decided to pursue both of his goals at UC Davis. After redshirting his freshman season, Joseph has started 45 consecutive games as the Aggies’ left tackle – for every game during that stretch – a feat that few have accomplished. Joseph has been an anchor for the UC Davis offensive line for the last four seasons. This season, Joseph was part of an offensive line that provided exceptional protection for the backfield. UC Davis only allowed a total of 14 sacks for a loss of 90 yards. This is second in the Big Sky Conference to Portland State’s 10... ...

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Female Athlete of the Quarter: Kaylin Squyres

Back in August, while most UC Davis students were busy soaking up their final month of sunshine and summertime, our female Athlete of the Quarter was already kick-starting her most successful volleyball season to date. Junior outside hitter/middle blocker Kaylin Squyres wasted no time in setting her standards high for the 2014 season. At the team’s first official outing, the Rice Invitational, Squyres totaled 47 kills in 9 sets, earning all-tournament honors. Just a month later, she went on to capture the Big West Player of the Week award. She accomplished this feat three more times this fall, setting a new school record and out-earning every other student-athlete in the league in this category for the season. Despite such personal success, Squyres was admirably humble and team-oriented in regards to her season. “I would say that my favorite moment — I guess it’s not one particular moment, but it’s the time when our team started to peak in skill and in the way that we started to come together as... ...

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UC Davis Athletics Department failing students

The Aggies were down by just 6 points, 14 seconds left on the clock and the ball in the hands of sophomore phenom quarterback Ben Scott. The quarterback had just driven the Aggies 49 yards in five plays that took a total of 37 seconds. Two incomplete passes later, on third down with under 10 seconds to go, Scott threw an interception on a clear miscommunication with his receiver. These final moments represented one of the most exciting times in a difficult Aggies football season. Scott, in just his second game at home as a starter, made it obvious throughout the day that he was the quarterback of the future. Still, the crowd was nearly silent as the young leader almost pulled off an improbable comeback. Under 6,000 people had come to the game that day, only barely above half of the capacity of Aggie Stadium. For the past four seasons, the time that most UC Davis seniors have been on campus, attendance at football games has plummeted. While there... ...

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Aggies spear visiting Spartans, win 70-56

Shattering a four-game losing streak against the Spartans, UC Davis finished the night with a monumental win against San Jose State that proved to be not only entertaining, but historical as well. The win marked the first time in the past 102 years that the men’s basketball team has gone 6-0 for a season. The Aggies gave a great performance in a game that ended 70-56 when the final buzzer went off.  They held a solid lead the entire game, largely due to the efforts of senior forward Josh Ritchart who led with 21 points and senior guard Corey Hawkins who scored 20 points. The four formidable seniors on the team – Corey Hawkins, Josh Ritchart and guards Tyler Les and Avery Johnson – bring experience and calmness to the game when challenges arise. “We have experience,” said Hawkins. “We have experience losing, and we have experience winning….We take it upon ourselves to set the bar high.” Ritchart, who had been “struggling early on” this year after finishing the 2013-14... ...

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Aggies fall in fiery battle against USF

The UC Davis women’s basketball team ended its two-game winning streak at The Pavilion Tuesday night, falling 73-70 against USF in a heated battle complete with 15 lead changes. Facing a daunting 12-point deficit in the first half, the Aggies found their fire after halftime, outscoring USF 33-32. 21 turnovers from the Aggies proved to be too many, however, as the team rounded the night at 3-3 record. Junior forward Alyson Doherty ignited energy in the second half, contributing the team’s highs of 14 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Celia Marfone hit the scoreboard with 11 points, followed by senior forward Sydnee Fipps and freshman guard Rachel Nagel, who each finished with 10 points. “We’ve been really efficient offensively,” said head coach Jennifer Gross. “We just have to be more relentless defensively. We’re too good to give up 41 points in the first half to somebody. We need to be better than that.” The Aggies, who were 41-37 out of the first half, urgently searched for a spark during... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Basketball (3-2): UC Davis vs. Utah Valley (W, 59-49) UC Davis vs. Pacific (W, 60-53) The UC Davis women’s basketball team improved with a 3-2 overall record after defeating Utah Valley on Wednesday with a score of 59-49 and University of the Pacific, 60-53, on Saturday. The Aggies have won three of the last four games. Senior forward Sydnee Fipps, who has been a consistent force for the Aggies in the past three seasons, led with 19 points against Utah Valley and 21 against Pacific. Fipps is averaging 15.8 points per game this season, third in the Big West. Junior forward Alyson Doherty complements Fipps’ game, averaging 8.8 rebounds per game. UC Davis will defend home court when it faces the University of San Francisco today, Dec. 2, at the Pavilion in Davis, Calif.   Volleyball (15-14) UC Davis vs. Hawai’i (L, 3-0) UC Davis women’s volleyball dropped its season finale in three sets against the University of Hawai’i, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-15. Sophomore outside hitter Allie Wegener led the... ...

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This week in men’s sports

As autumn fades into winter, the sports scene also experiences a shift. Fall favorites like football and soccer have wrapped up, and many athletes enjoy a bit of well-earned rest from competition until mid-winter when sports like baseball and golf return. However, while many folks were taking post-Thanksgiving naps this past week, the UC Davis basketball team was hard at work in the Pavilion.   Basketball (5-0): UC Davis vs. Utah State (W, 77-70 ot) The Aggies’ victory on Wednesday against Utah State at the Pavilion moved their record to 4-0, their best since 1999-2000. It was far from an easy win for UC Davis. Going into halftime, the Aggies trailed by two points, posting a score of 29-27. At the beginning of the second half, junior forward Josh Fox began an 11-0 run for the Aggies by nailing a layup with 18:02 left in the game. Fox scored six of these points to contribute to a career high of 23 points in the game. After taking a 42-31 lead... ...

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Aggie football ends season in loss

UC Davis football concluded its 2014 season with a heart-breaking loss to rival Sacramento State, 41-30. The Aggies led the Hornets by three points in the fourth quarter after senior running back Colton Silveria caught a 34-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ben Scott to give the Aggies a 30-27 lead. Sacramento State, however, prevailed and came back to win the game. The Aggies finished their season with a 2-9 overall records, including 1-7 in Big Sky play. The Hornets end their season with a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 in the conference. This was the first time that Sacramento State claimed a victory over the Aggies since 2009. Sacramento State scored twice in the fourth quarter to defeat UC Davis. With seven minutes remaining, Jordan Robinson received a 21-yard pass from quarterback Garrett Safron to put the Hornets up by four. Sacramento State regained possession of the ball once again and scored off of a 22-yard run from De’Jon Coleman. Both of these touchdown drives stemmed from Aggie turnovers, a... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Basketball (1-2): UC Davis @ Sac. State (W, 90-82) UC Davis vs. Saint Mary’s (L, 57-55) In the same week that UC Davis football faced off in the Causeway Classic, the women’s basketball team headed to Sacramento to take on Sac State. The Aggies came back with a victory, defeating their rival 90-82. Senior forward Sydnee Fipps played a strong game, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds and three steals. Junior forward Alyson Doherty, a key kog moving forward, made her season preview after struggling with a knee injury from last season. The Aggies returned to their home-court on Nov. 22 to face a feisty Saint Mary’s squad. UC Davis held a slight lead through much of the game, but fell by two after a Saint Mary’s jump shot fell through the net with just 1.8 seconds left. The Aggies shot 44 percent from the field, compared to the Gaels 39.6 percent, but allowed their opponent to pick up 15 offensive rebounds. The basketball team will have their next three... ...

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UC Davis and Saint Mary’s battle to the finish

Fans were certainly kept on the edge of their seats watching UC Davis play Saint Mary’s on Saturday in The Pavilion. The two teams exchanged the lead 17 times throughout the game and had 10 ties, the last of which was broken in the final 28 seconds. Senior guard Kelsey Harris started the Aggies off strong, scoring a three-pointer early contributing to the Aggies’ initial 8-point lead. Of UC Davis’ first 5 makes, 4 were three-pointers, showing the team’s strength on long range shots. Harris scored a season high of 15 points on five three-pointers, while junior forward Alyson Doherty also reached double digits, adding 14 points, three rebounds, and three blocks in 27 minutes. After the game, Harris noted that having Doherty, who was previously laid-up from an injury, back on the court has been very helpful, especially since Doherty has “really improved on her passing and she can still score”. Consecutive baskets between Doherty and Harris put the Aggies ahead slightly, 27-26, going into half-time. As the second... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Football (2-9): UC Davis vs. Sac State (L, 41-30) The annual football game between Sacramento State and UC Davis – known as the Causeway Classic – heralded the end of the season for the Aggies as they lost 41-30 to the Sac State Hornets, the first time the Hornets have won the Classic since 2009. The game remained close until the Aggies allowed a 22-yard touchdown run following an interception in the fourth quarter. The loss brings them to a disappointing finish, ending the season 2-9 overall. 15 UC Davis seniors were honored during the game against the Hornets, as it was their last collegiate game.   Basketball (3-0): UC Davis @ Eastern Illinois (W, 63-61) UC Davis @ Furman (W, 58-55) Holding off the EIU Panthers through the last seconds of the game, the Aggies won on the road by two points in exceptionally exciting fashion. Held in Charleston, Illinois, the game was the first time Aggies hit the road this season, senior guard Corey Hawkins finished with 28... ...

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