Review Category : Sports

Male Athlete of the Quarter: Matt Hansen

Playing in his final season as an Aggie, senior Matt Hansen knew that he wanted to finish his already impressive collegiate career strong. Coming into the season, the senior had already received a number of awards, being named Big West Freshman of the Year while making the All-Big West second team three straight seasons. This year, Hansen did not disappoint once again. Hansen played well throughout the entire season, posting a team-best and UC Davis record 70.6 scoring average while finishing in the top-10 in five tournaments this year. He also finished Big West play in style, winning the last regular season tournament of the year along with the individual Big West Tournament. The Aggies’ season ended in the NCAA Regionals in Auburn, Ala. where they fell short of a qualifying score. Still, Hansen put up an incredible season. He was named to the Division I PING All-West Region team along with being honored on the All-Big West first team. Finally, Hansen was named the winner of the Colby E.... ...

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Male Athlete of the Year: Gabe Manzanares

UC Davis football head coach Ron Gould has made a habit out of creating star running backs. He has coached the likes of future NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett before his time here in Davis. Luckily for Gould, he had a dominating running back at the head of his team during his first year coaching UC Davis. Gabe Manzanares struggled to break through in his first two collegiate stops. He gained a grand total of 11 yards in one year at Wesleyan before sitting on the bench behind star running back Kris Olugbode at City College of San Francisco. Manzanares came to UC Davis as a walk-on with little expectations and made an immediate impact, leading the Aggies in carries during his first game against USD. Still, he struggled in the first few games, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Against Idaho State University, however, Manzanares first proved his worth. The walk-on rushed for 208 yards on 34 carries while adding three catches that day, leading UC Davis to... ...

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Men’s Team of The Quarter: Men’s Golf

UC Davis men’s golf team started off the 2013-14 season with its goal to return to the postseason. The Aggies eventually accomplished their goal, making the Big West Conference Championships once again and even making their first appearance in the NCAA Championships since 2012. The team performed impressively and put together an exceptional 2013-14 season. At the El Macero Classic tournament, UC Davis, led by senior Matt Hansen, won its first title of the season. Hansen finished first and picked up his second career win. The success continued as the Aggies went after their third Big West Championship over the past four years. Last season, UC Davis finished a close third to Pacific and Cal State Fullerton, which tied for first place. This year, with the team’s efforts, the Aggies finished second and Hansen finished first. This marked his second tournament win in a row. After finishing second in the Big West Conference, UC Davis was selected for the NCAA Auburn Regional and was given the 11th seed. Eventually, the... ...

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Women’s Athlete of the Quarter: Ashley Marshall

As the Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Year in 2013, junior Ashley Marshall had big expectations for continued success in the 2014 season, and she certainly did not disappoint. Her skilled performances out on the track have earned her the title of Women’s Athlete of the Quarter this spring. “Ashley brings a familiarity with national-level competition with her to the line when she races,” said head coach Drew Wartenburg. Marshall’s sprinting prowess earned her a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Track and Field Final for the 100-meter dash on May 30. During the NCAA West Region Preliminary Meet, Marshall also competed in the 200-meter dash, finishing 20th in the semifinal round. Unfortunately this was not enough to take her to Eugene, Ore. for the 200-meter final. However, she will still be representing the Aggies at the finals in Oregon from June 11 to June 14, racing in the 100-meter dash for her second consecutive season. Expectations are high for the young sprinter come the finals... ...

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Women’s Team of the Year: Women’s Golf

It’s tough to say anything other than good things about a team which won its fifth consecutive Big West Conference title this season. It becomes nearly impossible to nitpick when four of the six players got Big West recognition and the coach was given Big West Conference Coach of the Year. The UC Davis women’s golf team has been a standard for excellence for quite a while now and continued their strong showing this season. Head coach Anna Temple has created an environment of excellence and improvement this year, as the Aggies managed to breeze their way through the Big West tournament. Three UC Davis players — sophomore Betty Chen, junior Beverly Vatananugulkit and freshman Paige Lee — were named to the All-Big West first team because of their outstanding play this season. Sophomore Andrea Wong was an honorable mention and rounded out the group of Aggie players who got Big West recognition. The team was excellent throughout the year, racking up six top-three team finishes in 13 tournaments this... ...

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Women’s Athlete of the Year: Paige Lee

Paige Lee is one of only three Aggie golfers ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She was also a first-team All-Big West selection this year, was second on UC Davis’ team with five top-10 finishes and was tied for second on the team with two top-five finishes. By the way, she is also a freshman. Lee’s best finish of the year was at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Country Club in Walcott, Colo. She went 5-over 221 and finished fourth out of 90 competitors. Lee shot an even 72 in her second round which helped her maintain a sizeable advantage over the other golfers. Lee’s fantastic freshman year culminated in her helping the Aggies to a fifth consecutive Big West title. She finished tied for seventh in the Big West playoffs with a 6-over 222. Beyond the team title she helped win this year, her qualification for the U.S. Women’s Open shows individual quality that is rare in a golfer, let alone a freshman golfer. “Qualifying... ...

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Men’s Team of the Year: Men’s Tennis

The UC Davis men’s tennis team finished out their season with a 4-3 loss against Hawai’i in the Big West Tournament semifinals match on April 25. The Aggies finished their season with their first winning record in Division I, 14-11. UC Davis went an impressive 11-3 at home and led the conference in wins. Six members of the team earned All-Big West honors after a successful season. Freshman Alec Adamson and James Wade made the all-conference team in singles. Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie were awarded All-Big West Doubles First Team for only the second time in UC Davis history. Senior Kyle Miller earned his third consecutive All-Big West honor and made the all-conference second team. Sophomore Brett Bacharach and senior Adam Luba made it to the All-Conference Second Team in doubles. With a season full of accomplishments, expect the Aggies to come back next year and be a dominant force in the Big West. WIth only three graduating seniors and currently no juniors on the team, the Aggies will... ...

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Column: Closing Thoughts

It’s been one long year. From learning how to do my job as the sports editor to trying to pass the Save The Aggie referendum, it has been one long journey that is finally coming to an end. In many ways, the ups and downs of this year at The Aggie have mimicked the rollercoaster year for UC Davis athletics. There have been plenty of high points, such as the women’s track and field team capturing their third straight Big West Championship title, and there have been some low points, such as the season-ending injury of men’s basketball player J.T. Adenrele and the subsequent subpar season for the team. Rather than focusing on the negative, I’m going to be positive. Shocking, I know. My goal is not to discuss the failures of UC Davis athletics but rather some observations I have gathered through my experience covering UC Davis sports. I entered UC Davis representing the majority of UC Davis students who like sports, I thought the 2005 wins against Stanford... ...

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Aggies rally past Hornets for 6-3 win

The UC Davis baseball team played against the Sacramento State Hornets on May 13 at Raley Field in Sacramento, Calif. The Aggies were down by three runs after the first inning, but they soon bounced back and took charge of the game, which ended in a 6-3 victory for UC Davis. Sacramento State had won the last eight consecutive meetings with UC Davis before the May 13 matchup, including a 15-7 victory in Davis, Calif. on April 15. The Hornets looked for another win that would have made their winning streak against UC Davis the longest winning streak in school history, so they started off the game strong and put three runs on the board in the first inning. Sacramento State’s Nathan Lukes scored on a sacrifice fly by his teammate David Del Grande to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Kyle Moses scored on a throwing error by the Aggies’ left fielder and was followed by a run from Rhys Hoskins, who scored after Will Soto roped a double.... ...

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UC Davis softball falls short of Big West playoffs

The 2014 season was a challenge for the UC Davis softball team. The year was marked by many ups and downs for the Aggies, with the athletes snagging several wins here and there but unable to string together a long run of victories which would have aided UC Davis in accomplishing their ultimate goal of making it to the Big West playoffs. In their final series of the 2014 season, the Aggies took on Hawai’i at home on La Rue Field on May 9 and May 10. UC Davis came out hot, winning both games on May 9, 5-1 and 4-3. With their sights set on finally taking home a sweep and finishing the year on a high note, the Aggies took on the Rainbow Warriors in the final game of the year on May 10. Senior Day unfortunately did not go in the home team’s favor. The players were unable to push any runs across the board and fell to Hawai’i, 2-0, in the team’s final game of the... ...

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UC Davis women’s golf concludes season at NCAA tournament

The UC Davis women’s golf team wrapped up an outstanding season after finishing outside of the top eight in the NCAA West Regional. The Aggies were led in the tournament by sophomore Betty Chen, freshman Paige Lee and junior Blair Lewis who each finished in 44th place. UC Davis came into the tournament ranked 37th in the country and seeded 13th in their region that featured four top-10 teams. The first day of the tournament provided several highlights for the Aggies. They finished the day in seventh place, with each of their five golfers having their strongest day of the weekend. Chen gave UC Davis its best score, shooting a 2-over 74, but the highlight of the day belonged to Lewis who hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. The shot, which happened on a par-3, 165 yard hole, helped her finish the day with a strong 4-over 76. As a team, the Aggies shot a 12-over 300 which put them ahead of several teams above them in the rankings.... ...

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Nevada rallies past Aggies for 6-5 victory

With two runs scored in the bottom of the 10th inning, Nevada defeated UC Davis, 6-5, on May 6 at Peccole Park. After this loss, the Aggies fell to 19-25 on the year, while Nevada improved to a 20-25 overall record. It was the second time the Aggies played against the Wolf Pack this season. Last time, UC Davis hosted Nevada and posted a come-from-behind 4-3 victory. In the May 6 matchup, the Aggies started off strong, scoring two runs in the second inning on three hits including a pair of doubles to gain an early 2-0 lead. The Wolf Pack scored a run, bringing the score to 2-1, when Kewby Meyer doubled with two down in third inning and scored on Austin Byler. In the fifth inning, Nevada’s Byler and Jordan Devencenzi each hit a solo home run to put the Wolf Pack on top, 3-2. Both teams were held without runs in the sixth and seventh innings. However, in the top of the eighth inning, UC Davis junior... ...

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Senior Matt Hansen rounds out successful Aggie career

Senior men’s golfer Matt Hansen was determined to finish his time at UC Davis with a bang after four great years of play. The last few weeks have not disappointed as Hansen won two straight tournaments, earned a spot on the All-Big West First Team and led his team to a NCAA tournament bid. Hansen came to UC Davis in 2010, spurning hometown Cal Poly in favor of becoming an Aggie. “I think the golf team was ranked in the top 30 in the nation [when he committed], and then the education [was another factor],” said Hansen regarding his selection of UC Davis. Hansen opened up his Aggie career with a phenomenal freshman year, winning Big West Freshman of the Year honors before dominating the field for a victory in the Regional round of the NCAA tournament. “It was pretty special,” Hansen said of his first year. “I was told by a lot of people that you want to go somewhere where you can play for all four years.” Hansen... ...

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UC Davis softball splits in midweek matchup

After falling in their first two games versus Cal State Fullerton in a doubleheader on May 3, the UC Davis softball team answered back and defeated the always solid Titans in a 9-6 victory on May 4. Hoping to use that momentum, the Aggies took on Saint Mary’s in a midweek doubleheader matchup on May 7. Coming into the games, the Gaels sat at 15-27 overall as the Aggies held an 18-31 record on the year. The first game in the non-conference match went in UC Davis‘ favor, as they took down Saint Mary’s, 3-2. Several players stood out in that first game on the day. Establishing herself as one of the top hurlers for the Aggies, freshman standout Dana Cruse went six innings giving up only two hits and two earned runs. She recorded four walks and four strikeouts, leading the Aggies to the victory. Sophomore Leah Munden then came into the game to close it out, giving up no hits and no walks, throwing a clean inning, facing... ...

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Aggies pick up rare series win against Cal State Northridge

After a span in which the Aggies lost 11 of 14 games and fell into the cellar of the Big West Conference, the team responded with a rare series victory over the Cal State Northridge Matadors from May 2 to May 4. The Aggies (19-25, 5-13 Big West) moved up one spot in the Big West standings, from ninth (last place) to eighth. On May 2, the Aggies opened up the series with a 13-6 loss to the Matadors (5-10, 17-30). UC Davis put together 13 hits — eight of them doubles — but its pitching was not strong enough to pull out the win. Five Aggies recorded two hits, and junior right fielder John Williams — one of the five with two hits — led the way with two RBI. Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (2-6) didn’t have his best stuff on the mound, giving up 10 hits and nine earned runs in just four innings. The Aggies finally pulled out a win on May 3, as their bats came... ...

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