Review Category : Sports

This week in men’s sports

Cross Country: Doc Adams Open At the final home meet of the season, the Doc Adams Open proved to be the last time senior Trevor Ehlenbach would wear the Aggie uniform on home territory. He finished the 8K course in 25:45, coming in 13th place. Five Aggies raced in the Open: Ehlenbach, sophomore Luke Dorman, junior Eric Neill and freshmen Ryan Dimick and Oliver Abundez-Dominguez, placing 13th, 18th, 20th, 31st and 35th, respectively. UC Davis will be competing Nov. 14 in the 2014 NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif.   Football (1-8): UC Davis vs. Northern Arizona (L, 23-21) UC Davis fought hard in the Big Sky Conference game this Saturday but lost 23-21, bringing their record to 1-8 and 0-6 in the conference. Ranked No. 25 nationally, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks went scoreless in the second half due to the Aggies’ strong defense. Junior wide receiver Ramon Vargas caught four receptions for 97 yards, including two scores. This nearly tied a UC Davis school record for reaching 100 receiving... ...

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UC Davis begins 2014-15 season

With 5:11 left in an exhibition game against Sonoma State — Aggies were winning by 19 points — freshman forward Morgan Bertsch scored on a layup. Despite being about as inconsequential of points scored as possible in a collegiate game, the UC Davis bench erupted with cheers and shouts. Bertsch had just scored her first points as an Aggie. This exchange seems to define a UC Davis team that will return all five of its starters, and ten players total, from a year ago. The team undoubtedly practices and plays hard, and every player will hit the deck searching for a loose ball. Still, they are clearly out there to have fun and play basketball. As senior forward Sydnee Fipps said, “Ultimately I just want to have fun. This is my last year of competitive basketball, so I want to go out with a bang and have a really fun year with my fellow seniors and teammates.” Don’t, however, let this happy sentiment make you think that the Aggies aren’t... ...

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Golf short course training facility opens in El Macero

For years, the Aggies have fielded two consistently high-ranked teams in the men’s and women’s golf programs. Now, UC Davis looks to continue to improve as they open the John and Diane Watson Short Game Training Center at the El Macero Country Club. The new facility offers the ability to practice just about any shot, featuring multiple types of grass, a deep and pot bunker and two large putting greens. Bruce Summerhays Jr., Head Golf Professional at the El Macero Country Club, stated the training facility offers all of the different shots that players can try. The new training course cost $250,000, which was raised mainly by donations from alumni, family and friends of the UC Davis golf program. The project has been in the works for well over eight years, culminating in the opening on Sunday. UC Davis men’s golf head coach Cy Williams played up the importance of the facility, both for El Macero and the Aggies’ golf programs. “Our members and teams are going to get to... ...

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UC Davis falls in first round of Big West playoffs

The UC Davis men’s soccer team ended their season with tears, losing 1-2 against CSU Fullerton in the biggest upset of the season on Saturday. In an intense playoff fight complete with over 30 fouls, 5 yellow cards and one ejection, CSUF snatched the win in the last 10 seconds with a tap into the right post. After a scoreless first half and expulsion of senior defender Ramon Martin Del Campo in the 67th minute, the Aggies secured a promising lead in the 71st minute with a goal by junior forward Dashiell MacNamara. 7 shots, high momentum and an enthusiastic crowd at the Aggie Soccer Field proved insufficient for UC Davis to hold the lead. CSUF found the back of the net in the 85th minute with a power shot from 30 yards out. “We scored first. We should have been able to close out the game a little bit better than that,” said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. The game took a final turn for the worse with 10 seconds... ...

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UC Davis Women’s Cross Country Recap

If good things come in threes, then it seems the UC Davis women’s cross country team is due for some more success soon. Their victory this past weekend at the Big West Cross Country Championships, hosted by UC Riverside at the Ag/Ops course, marks the second Big West championship title claimed by UC Davis. UC Davis came out strong on Nov. 1, looking to reclaim the title from Cal Poly, who took home the win the past two consecutive years. Six Aggie runners finished in the top 13 places with just a 48-second gap between the first and fifth runners. Junior Christine Hoffman led the Aggies with a time of 20:22:07 for the 6-kilometer course. This performance was considered “an obvious highlight” by coach Devin Elizondo. Sophomore Hannah Kirkegaard, senior Raquel Lambdin and sophomore Clara MacLeod followed Hoffman’s lead to bring home sixth, seventh and ninth place for the team. Coach Elizondo commended Lambdin on achieving her “first top-10 finish at a cross-country championship” and also on leading the team... ...

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Recap of Big West Championships

With less than a month remaining in the season, the UC Davis men’s cross country team pulled off a 6th-place finish at the 2014 Big West Cross Country Championships on Nov. 1. Hosted at UC Riverside, the Championship marks the last big race before the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 14.  UC Santa Barbara took the title with a total of 21 points and were pursued by Cal Poly, UC Riverside and Long Beach State, who scored 49, 95 and 114 points, respectively. The Aggies came in sixth place with 144 points, just behind CSU Fullerton (129) and in front of UC Irvine (197) and CSU Northridge (218). Runners in NCAA cross country are assigned points based on their final placing, with more points signifying later finish times. Then, points for a team are added up, and the team’s final ranking is determined. Chasing the elusive top ten spot after a fall within the first mile, junior Brandon Pugh came in 13th place with a time of 24:39.0, missing the... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Cross Country: Big West Championships (6th place) Competing against the rest of the conference in the Big West Championships, the UC Davis men’s cross country team finished sixth out of eight teams. UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly finished first and second, respectively in the race. The Aggies were once again led by junior Brandon Pugh, who finished in 13th place individually. The next UC Davis runner to come in was junior Jordan Rushing in 31st place. The Aggies now look forward to the Doc Adams Open that will take place at UC Davis this Saturday. Football (1-7): UC Davis vs. Northern Colorado (L, 27-21) The Aggies football team faced off against Northern Colorado at home last Saturday, losing 27-21 in game that came down to the last second.  The Northern Colorado Bears came into the game, having won just one of their past five Big West games, and jumped to an early lead before doing just enough to hold on for a win. Freshman quarterback Ben Scott and junior... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Cross Country: Big West Championships (1st place) As she has done multiple times this season, junior Christine Hoffman paced the Aggies as they finished first in Big West Conference Championships. Hoffman ran the six-kilometer course in 20:22.7, a full 27 seconds faster than the second-place Aggie. Three more UC Davis runners finished within the top 10 as sophomore Hannah Kirkegaard, senior Raquel Lambdin and sophomore Clara McLeod finished in sixth, seventh and ninth respectively. The Aggies are now preparing for the Doc Adams Open to be held in Davis on Saturday. Field Hockey (4-13): UC Davis @ No. 3 Stanford The Aggies finished a disappointing regular season by failing to convert on a comeback bid against third-ranked Stanford. Sophomore forward Kayla Wigney added to her team-leading goal total, scoring in the 64th minute of the game. Meanwhile, freshman goalie Briana Sooy collected a career-high of six saves. These efforts, however, weren’t enough as Stanford scored the game-winning goal with just 2:17 left in the game. The Aggies were unable to... ...

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UC Davis falls to visiting Northern Colorado

The Aggies failed to close out the game against Northern Colorado despite an opportunity to score late in the fourth quarter. After trailing by 17 points, the Aggies scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut the Bears’ lead to a field goal. The Aggies made a momentous comeback that almost ended in a game-winning touchdown with eight seconds left in regulation, stirring a crowd of Aggies fans that lay dormant for much of the first half. Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott started for the third consecutive time and threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns with 25 complete passes out of 38 attempted. Junior wide receiver Ramon Vargas scored both passing touchdowns. Scott found Vargas in the third quarter for a 23-yard touchdown pass, while his second touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Scott halfway through the fourth quarters. Vargas led the receiving corps with 122 yards on nine receptions while adding the two touchdowns. Senior running back Gabe Manzanares led all runners with 50 yards rushing and... ...

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Inside the Game with Blair Lewis

Senior Blair Lewis has already been a part of three Big West Championships and carved out a good collegiate career for herself over the past three years. This summer, Lewis committed herself to finish out her time at UC Davis, and has been outstanding, finishing first of all Aggies at two of their four tournaments. As of Oct. 29, Lewis was ranked No. 135 individually in the country. The California Aggie had the chance to sit down with Lewis and discuss how she got into golf, what spurred on her major improvement, and much more. So let’s get started with how and when you got into golf: I started playing in tournaments when I was seven. My Dad just took me out to the driving range when I was five. My uncle played professional baseball and he had an equipment contract and got a set of golf clubs, but he was obviously too busy to play so he gave my dad the clubs and he got into it, and then... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Soccer (6-1-9): UC Davis @ Cal Poly (W, 1-0) UC Davis @ Sacramento State (T, 0-0) With some momentum after a win against rival UC Santa Barbara, the UC Davis men’s soccer team travelled down to San Luis Obispo to face the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Aggies finished the game ahead 1-0 thanks to a stingy defense and a strike from senior Matt Sheldon in the 64th minute. The goal was Sheldon’s third of the season while sophomore goalkeeper Armando Quezada posted his second consecutive shutout. With a two-game winning streak in tow, the Aggies crossed the causeway to play Sacramento State in the home of the USL Pro Sac. Republic FC. Sheldon, who scored against UCSB, took five shots but was unable to find the back of the net. Once again, the UC Davis defense proved to be stout and kept the Aggies from suffering a loss in the Causeway Classic.   Tennis: USTA/ITA Northwest Regionals After a grueling three-day period at the ITA Northwest Regionals, UC Davis was... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Field Hockey (4-12): UC Davis @ No. 7 Louisville (L, 3-0) UC Davis @ Miami University (L, 6-1) Despite a strong defensive effort from the Aggies, the field hockey team simply lacked the firepower to contend with No. 7 Louisville. The Aggies, who have averaged one goal per game over their last six games, failed to register a point and fell to Louisville despite holding them to three goals. This game marked the third time UC Davis faced a top-10 opponent this season, losing the games by an average of three points. In their second-to-last game of the regular season, the Aggies scored just one goal as their opponents unleashed 21 shots and found the back of the net six times. Sophomore Kristin Rodgers scored the lone goal, her fifth of the season for the Aggies. UC Davis will face Stanford on Halloween for its last match of the season.   Soccer (5-10-3): UC Davis @ Hawai’i (W, 2-1) In what seems like two victories in one, the UC Davis... ...

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UC Davis club sports highlight

Cycling Team: The UC Davis’ cycling club team has roughly 65 members on the team and the team is divided into two sections. The first is the club level for those who want to have people to ride with, attend group rides and other events, and get access to team sponsorship. The cycling team also has the “race team”. These riders race collegiately in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference which includes all of California and Western Nevada. The UC Davis cycling club team placed 4th as a team for D1 school at the national championships in May. Practices are hosted as casual rides everyday at 3:15pm leaving from the bike barn. These rides are open to anyone. It allows people to come and meet team members while learning how to ride in a group. “Race Rides” occur on Tuesdays at 3:15pm leaving the bike barn. This is a 35 mile high intensity group ride that is to simulate racing. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm in Roessler... ...

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Cross Country teams look forward to Big West Championships

With over half of the season in the books, both the men and women’s cross country teams have seen up-and-down performances. In the first race of the year, each team defeated nearby rival Sacramento State. Since then, the performances have been far more varied. After winning the meet against Sac State, the women’s cross country team travelled to the West Coast Conference Preview held in Sunnyvale, Calif. The Aggies placed a middling sixth place out of 11 teams. Still, UC Davis had three runners finish in the top 20, led by sophomore Clara Macleod, who ran the 6-kilometer course in 21:35. The next race, the 41st Annual Stanford Invitational, saw the women’s team finish in second place overall. The Aggies were able to best Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount just two weeks after falling to them at the WCC Preview. UC Davis was led by junior Christine Hoffman, who finished in seventh individually. Two other Aggies finished in the top 20. On Oct. 18, the UC Davis team split up... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Cross Country: Santa Clara Bronco Invitational NCAA Pre-Nationals The Aggies sent freshman Elizabeth Greid and sophomore Kazune Shidara to the SCU Bronco Invitational. They finished in 45th and 64th place respectively. Meanwhile, UC Davis struggled in the NCAA Pre-Nationals and only junior Christine Hoffmann finished inside of the top-150 individually. Hoffmann finished in 21:10 minutes for 17th place individually and has now led the Aggies in every race that she has competed in. Field Hockey (4-10): UC Davis @ University of Pacific On Oct. 12, the Aggies faced University of Pacific and won 2-1 at home. The rematch game on Oct. 18 seemed to be going in the same direction as UC Davis led 2-1 with only a few minutes to go. Instead, the UoP Tigers scored with 2:59 seconds left, took the game into overtime and saw the game-winner splash into the net six minutes into the overtime period. UC Davis outshot their opponent 14-10 but could not capitalize on their numerous opportunities. Sophomores Augusta Singh and Kayla Wigney... ...

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