Review Category : Sports

Men’s tennis continues to improve

A Team on the Rise New balls (tennis balls, that is), freshly tightened racquets and warm weather herald the continuation of the men’s tennis season. When Eric Steidlmayer joined as head coach in 2012, he inherited a team that was recovering from a 5-15 record. Under his tutelage, he led them to an 8-13 finish at the end of his first year, and finally to a 14-11 record for the 2013-14 season – the best record UC Davis has earned since joining Division I tennis. Steidlmayer aims to keep improving on the team’s record (currently residing at 3-2 overall), even though they have a particularly difficult schedule this year, facing off against the likes of Cal, Stanford and Hawaii, among others. Sophomore Alec Adamson wants to beat teams that they have been unable to win against before. Still relatively new to Division I play, the Aggies have lofty, yet attainable, goals for the season. “We really want to have a great year in the Big West, and also try to... ...

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Aggies’ Doherty excels despite knee injury

With 11 minutes left in the first round of the 2014 Big West Tournament, junior forward Alyson Doherty suffered a devastating knee injury during a win against UC Santa Barbara in April. “I got chills, just bringing it back up,” Doherty said. The injury sidelined Doherty for the second round of the tournament, a one-point loss against UC Irvine. Doherty finished the 2013-14 season with 13.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and a conference-leading 56.4 shooting percentage. In spite of the season-ending injury, Doherty remained resilient through the off-season and throughout the rehabilitation process. “When I found out [about the severity of the injury] I was devastated. Once I had my surgery, I was incredibly determined to come back. We were on a roll at that point; there was no doubt in my mind that we were on our way to the Honda Center,” Doherty said. At the time of the injury, the Aggies were just three wins away from claiming their first Big West Tournament Championship title... ...

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This week in men’s and women’s sports

Men’s Basketball (14-4): UC Davis @ Hawai’i (L, 84-76) The UC Davis men’s basketball team traveled across the Pacific to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with the mission of advancing to 5-0 in Big West play. Perhaps distracted by the warm weather and sandy beaches, the Aggies faltered in the first half of the game and were down 37-48 at halftime while allowing their opponent to shoot 62.1 percent from the field. During the second half, UC Davis managed to outscore their opponent, making 62.65 percent from beyond the arc while holding the Rainbow Warriors to 40 percent shooting. Still, they only outscored Hawai’i by three, unable to make up the 11-point deficit they faced at halftime. The team fell with a final score of 76-84. Senior guard Corey Hawkins led the Aggies with 19 points, but turned the ball over seven times. The Aggies finished with 24 turnovers compared to nine by their opponents, a deciding factor in the game. The Aggies will now play a two-game homestand, facing Cal... ...

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Women’s tennis look for fresh start to the season

With longer days, blooming flowers and warmer weather comes the start of something new for UC Davis women’s tennis. Last season, UC Davis women’s tennis rounded the year at 12-10, and reached the quarterfinals at the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship in April. This year, the Aggies look for a fresh start. With four of the team’s ten players being freshman, and a total of only two upperclassmen on the squad, women’s tennis embraces the opportunity to gain experience. The Aggies officially began their season on January 16, traveling to Tempe, Arizona to face Northern Arizona University. In their first match, women’s tennis proudly brought home the win, defeating NAU 5-2. The only senior of the team, singles and doubles player, Layla Sanders, demonstrated resilience against NAU, defeating the top seed in the third set after faltering 3-6 in the first. Freshman Jessie Lee, sophomore Kamila Kecki and junior Tiffany Pham, also brought home wins for the singles division on Friday. Freshman Kristy Jorgensen paired up with the experienced Sanders... ...

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Women’s golf: a preview of their upcoming season

What can UC Davis fans expect from the Women’s golf team this year? If the beginning of their season is any indication, then a whole lot.   Collegiate golf seasons is split in two sections, with the fall portion of their competition already completed.  Brandishing an impressive set of finishes – one second place and two third place results – the Aggies are prepared for a successful spring season.   “Going into the spring, it’s really more about being consistent, even on our days that aren’t so great,” said coach Anna Temple.   The accomplishments of some players are enough to highlight the talent of this team.  With sophomore Paige Lee having competed in the U.S. Open and senior Blair Lewis playing in the U.S. Public Links this past year, it gives a testament to the type of players this program churns out.  Golfweek ranks the women’s team at 33rd in the country, which pits them against other powerhouse teams like UCLA, Duke and Stanford, to name a few.  ... ...

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Men’s golf re-opens season in Hawaii after hiatus

The UC Davis men’s golf team will continue their 2014-2015 season after taking a two-month winter hiatus. The team will be traveling to Waikoloa, Hawaii for the 24th Annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings Course during the first weekend of February. Earlier this season, UC Davis participated in four tournaments and placed in the top five in three of the tournaments. Upon arrival to the Aloha State, UC Davis will compete against the top teams in the nation, including no. 9 Stanford, no. 6 UCLA, no.14 Oregon and no. 22 Washington. Other schools competing in this tournament include Texas, Colorado  and the University of Hawaii. The team hopes to continue playing well in the upcoming tournament and the rest of the season that will hopefully conclude in the NCAA tournament.   Following the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii, the Aggies will host The Prestige at PGA WEST, a three-day tournament in La Quinta, Calif. They will also host the El Macero Classic in April.   Prior to the... ...

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This week in men’s and women’s sports

Men’s Basketball (14-3): UC Davis @ UC Riverside (W, 74-61) UC Davis @ Cal State Fullerton (W, 79-68) Hitting the road, the UC Davis men’s basketball team finished with two straight victories thanks to high scoring, efficient performances. Against UC Riverside, the Aggies shot a blistering 58 percent from beyond the arc. Senior guard Corey Hawkins finished with a team high of 26 points, while senior guard Avery Johnson added three from beyond the arc and six rebounds. Against CSUN, Hawkins once again finished with 26 points while adding 10 rebounds, while junior forward Josh Fox added 20 points. Meanwhile, UC Davis held their opponent to 34.5 percent shooting from the field. Through their first 17 games, Hawkins has proven to be one of the best offensive players in the nation. He is scoring 20.9 points per game, ninth in the country, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Women’s Basketball (8-8): UC Davis vs. UC Riverside (W, 70-61) UC Davis vs. Cal... ...

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New year, new mindset for gymnastics squad

It’s the day before a big meet, and the UC Davis women’s gymnastics team gathers in the team room. Anticipation inherent in their faces, the Aggies close their eyes, slow their breathing and relax. Using a tactic that many athletes and performers swear by, the Aggies run through each of their events, step by step, in their minds. “We turn off the lights, and we visualize ourselves doing the whole meet, each event, and how we want to do,” explains senior co-captain Tiana Montell. Whether the event is vault, bars, beam or floor, things seem to be working out just as imagined for the Aggies, who started the new year off with 1st and 2nd-place finishes in their first two meets earlier this month. Running off of high energy and momentum from their performances in Seattle Pacific and at home in the NorCal Classic, senior captains of the team optimistically look forward to even greater results this season. “[This year] we’re shooting for 9.8 routines,” said senior co-captain Lisa Wiktorski.... ...

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Ramon Martin del Campo heads to the Major League Soccer

When watching the UC Davis men’s soccer team play, center back Ramon Martin del Campo immediately grabs your attention. Standing tall, at six feet and two inches, del Campo makes sure that his presence on the field is acknowledged. From the stands, one can hear del Campo communicating with the rest of the defense and directing his teammates. Del Campo’s hard work and dedication to his craft have landed him a rookie contract with Major League Soccer, and is expected to be a top pick in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft today. Ramon Martin del Del Campo was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, but his family would later relocate to Chula Vista, Calif., located nine miles from the Mexico-United States border. Del Campo attended Bonita Vista High School where he led the soccer team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section Division II Championship. Despite his talent and height, del Campo was overlooked by many college scouts. He received offers from Division II schools, but refused to accept any scholarships... ...

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This week in men’s and women’s sports

Men’s Basketball (12-3): UC Davis vs. CSUN (W, 71-61) UC Davis vs. Long Beach State (W, 73-67 ot)   In overtime in a game televised on ESPNU, the Aggies defeated the Long Beach State 49ers, setting their Big West Conference record to 2-0.  The win marked their 8th straight victory at home. Senior guard Corey Hawkins scored 28 points and had a season high of 10 rebounds.   He has been averaging over 20 points a game for this season. Helped along by other powerhouses like senior guard/forward Josh Ritchart and sophomore guard Darius Graham, the Aggies came back strong in overtime, commanding the lead and ultimately clinching a win.  The next Big West Conference game will take place at UC Riverside on Thursday. For a full recap of the Long Beach State game, read here.     Women’s basketball (6-8): UC Davis at CSU Northridge (W, 60-49) UC Davis at Long Beach State (L, 63-60)   UC Davis finished the week with a record of 1-1 in the Big West... ...

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UC Davis defeats Long Beach State on ESPNU

With the brightest of lights shining, UC Davis men’s basketball defeated Long Beach State for a victory five seasons in the making. The Aggies entered the game with an 11-3 record, including 7-0 at home, against a 49ers squad who had won just seven out of their 10 games. Still, Long Beach State posed a serious threat after facing four opponents currently ranked in the top-20 nationally. The 49ers have one of the top guards in the Big West Conference, senior Mike Caffey who has led the team in points this season. Caffey has been named to the all-Big West first team for the past two seasons. Senior Aggie guard Corey Hawkins spoke about his opponent after the game. “I have the utmost respect for Mike, he’s a great guy, he’s humble and he doesn’t talk smack and neither do I. We let our games speak for themselves,” said Hawkins. Caffey ended the night with a game-high 29 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals, including several big shots... ...

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UC Davis bulldozes the Matadors at Big West home opener

UC Davis faced off against the CSU Northridge Matadors on Wednesday and emerged victorious with a final score of 71-61 after a close and enthralling game. Coming into the game Wednesday night, senior guard Corey Hawkins had been averaging over 20 points a game. But Hawkins only scored 11 points against CSUN, and the team had to find offense elsewhere to bring home a victory. Junior forward Josh Fox, as well as senior guards Tyler Les and Avery Johnson, indeed stepped up; they scored 11, 15 and 14 points respectively. This was a season high for Johnson, as well as a career high of four three-point field goals. “Hopefully some of [Les’] shooting touch is rubbing off on me,” Johnson said when asked about his offensive presence on the court.  All five of Les’ baskets were from behind the three-point line. Sophomore center Neal Monson also had a career high with 10 rebounds. CSU Northridge entered the game with only seven athletes in rotation due to several suspensions. “We just... ...

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UC Davis takes on Long Beach State in ESPN matchup

For the third year in a row, the UC Davis men’s basketball team will take its talents to ESPN as it faces off against Long Beach State on Saturday. After a 13-point loss against UC Santa Barbara on ESPN2 a season ago, the Aggies are looking to show off their newfound, winning ways to the rest of the country. Head coach Jim Les spoke about his desire to show the rest of the country UC Davis basketball, stating, “You know, I’ve said it all along, there’s excellence all over this campus, all over this community — and what [better] to showcase than to have ESPNU not only come in and talk about our basketball program and these guys who are working their tail off, but to talk about our university, talk about our community and put it out there on a national stage.” UC Davis men’s basketball is in a far better place than it was when it graced national television a year ago. The Aggies have started the year... ...

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NFL Playoffs in full swing

Carolina Panthers 27 – Arizona Cardinals 16 The Carolina Panthers returned to the post-season for the second consecutive year despite a losing record at 7-8-1 and a negative point differential. Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 198, two touchdowns and an interception, but it was the tenacious Panthers defense that won the game for Carolina, sacking the Cardinals’ third string quarterback, Ryan Ridley, four times for a loss of 31 yards and intercepting him twice. Arizona was held to 78 total yards, the lowest in NFL playoff history. Panthers’ running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown. Carolina will face the best defense in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, in the second round. Baltimore Ravens 30 – Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Despite the dismissal of running back Ray Rice in the wake of a scandal earlier this season, the Baltimore Ravens returned to postseason to face long-time rival PIttsburgh Steelers. Ravens’ quarterback, Joe Flacco, passed for 259 yards and two touchdown in the win. The Baltimore defense managed to... ...

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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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