Review Category : Sports

UC Davis men’s water polo earn third place in WWPA

Ranked fourteenth in the nation and second in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) standings, the UC Davis men’s water polo team traveled down to Los Angeles this weekend to compete for the much anticipated WWPA championship title. After falling short of the title last year in the championship game against UC San Diego, the Aggies geared up with a relentless schedule, playing 23 games against top-20 teams within three months, and almost 60 total games between their summer and 2014 season. “It’s all coming down to this weekend,” said head coach Daniel Leyson, prior to the tournament. “We’ve played more games than most teams in the country. So we’re supposed to use all of this experience to build and put it all together at the end where it really matters.” Looking for their first championship title in 17 years, UC Davis entered the tournament with glimmers of hope after solid wins against Fresno Pacific and Santa Clara University in the preceding weeks. Heavy training and a brief winning streak... ...

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Causeway Classic comes to UC Davis

The UC Davis Aggies (2-8 overall, 1-6 Big West) and Sacramento State Hornets (6-5,  3-4) renew their rivalry on Nov. 22 at Aggie Stadium as they face each other for the annual Causeway Classic. The Aggies have won the last four meetings, including last year’s 34-7 win at Hornet Stadium. This will also be the last game of the UC Davis season. The rivals have faced each other every season since 1954. UC Davis currently holds a winning record against Sacramento State with 43 wins and only 18 losses. Sacramento State is on a two-game win streak and is looking to close out the season with another win. But the Aggies are coming off a big week in which they snapped a seven-game losing streak with a victory against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Senior running back Gabe Manzanares won the ROOT Sports Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week award rushing for 230 yards against the Mustangs. Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott has continued to thrive. In his five starts he... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Basketball (0-1): UC Davis vs. UCONN (L, 102-43) The UC Davis women’s basketball team lost 102-43 against No. 1 ranked UCONN at home on Friday. In a televised ESPN event, the Aggies shot 30 percent, with senior guard Kelsey Harris and senior forward Sydnee Fipps contributing team-highs of four three-pointers and six rebound shots, respectively. Despite these team-high efforts, UCONN seized the game with quick feet and a high scoring percentage, making a dominant 64 percent of three pointer shots. Cross Country: NCAA West Regional at Stanford (11th place) UC Davis junior Christine Hoffmann led the women’s cross country team to an 11th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country West Regional on Friday. Placing 23rd, with a time of 20:54.4, Hoffman earned all-region honors, becoming the third Aggie in history to receive the award. Three Aggies joined Hoffman for spots in the top 100. Sophomore Clara MacLeod placed 47th, with a time of 21:20.6. Senior Raquel Lambin and junior Erika Barr took the 67th and 77th spots, with times... ...

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Inside the game with Samantha Shellem

On Saturday, senior Samantha Shellem finished up the meet against BYU with three season-best times, helping to ensure a win with a final score of 149-140.  Carrying an impressive resume in and around the swimming pool, Shellem is an invaluable asset to the Aggies’ women’s swim team. Samantha was interviewed by The California Aggie soon after the win against the Cougars, where she talked about her various accomplishments. How did you get started swimming? My mom swam, and then I just loved the water so they put me in lessons, and then [the swim] team and, 15 years later… [laughs]. Why did you choose to swim for UC Davis? I actually transferred here, and Pete [Motekaitis, the associate head coach] called me and he was just like, “Well, we would really love you to swim here,” so I came on a trip and I liked the girls and I liked the coaching staff, so it was just a good fit for me. You and your teammates have done really well... ...

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Aggies fall to nation’s best team

For 40 game minutes on Friday, basketball artwork was made in the UC Davis Pavilion. The ball whirled around the court, perfect cuts were made and open shooters were found and sunk their shots. Unfortunately for UC Davis, the Aggies found themselves right in the middle of this perfect basketball storm. The Aggies women’s basketball team took on No. 1 UConn in front of a record crowd of 4,712 fans. The UConn women, who proved themselves to be the NCAA women’s basketball version of the San Antonio Spurs, made quick work of UC Davis despite a strong fight. With an electric crowd and amped up Aggie team, the game seemed to start off far closer than it actually was. Within four and a half minutes, UC Davis was down 8-19 despite two early threes from senior guard Kelsey Harris. Senior UConn guard Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had already begun her record-breaking night, matching Harris with two straight threes. All-in-all, UConn hit its first four shots, all three-pointers. The margin continued to grow... ...

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NCAA Cross Country West Regional recap

While this weekend may have had most folks thinking ahead to the holiday rituals on the horizon, junior runner Christine Hoffman was focused on keeping a different kind of tradition alive: earning individual all-region honors. This marked the third consecutive season an Aggie has brought home all-region honors.  Hoffman’s success in the NCAA Cross Country West Regional, hosted last Friday at the Stanford golf course, helped contribute to the team’s overall 11th place finish. Leading the Aggies on the women’s side was Hoffman, with a time of 20:54.4 and a 23rd place finish. Sophomore Clara MacLeod finished 47th, followed by Senior Raquel Lambin (67th), junior Erika Barr (77th) and sophomores Rianna Goins (109th), Hannah Kirkegaard (142nd) and Olivia Goins (192nd) Notably, the women’s 11th place overall made them the top Big West finisher at the meet. Oregon State swept the competition for both the men and the women, finishing with just 88 points on the women’s side and 60 points on the men’s side. On the women’s side, Boise State... ...

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Aggies stifle visiting Holy Names

The UC Davis men’s basketball team started their 2014-15 season off with a 10-0 run against Division II opponent Holy Names. From that point on, the Aggies held off a feistier-than-expected opponent, winning by a final score of 57-42. “I think we have to come out there and not let up,” said senior guard Corey Hawkins after the game. “We went through stretches where we played good on defense and then we played stretches where they went on runs.” The inconsistent play may have had something to do with the fact that the Aggies were working four players into the rotation who did not play a minute last season. Junior forward Josh Fox and sophomore center Neil Monson transferred to UC Davis, while senior guard Tyler Les and junior forward J.T. Adenrele returned after missing all of last year. Additionally, senior forward Josh Ritchart came back after falling to a season-ending surgery early last year. Despite having to manage a number of new players, head coach Jim Les was thrilled... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Basketball (1-0): UC Davis vs. Holy Names (W,  57-42) Opening their season at home against Holy Names for the second straight season, the UC Davis men’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead before coasting to a 15-point victory. The Aggies were led by senior guard Corey Hawkins and senior forward Josh Ritchart who had 12 and 13 points respectively. Hawkins added six rebounds, six assists and three steals. The game also saw the long-awaited return of senior guard Tyler Les (redshirt year) and junior forward J.T. Adenrele (injury), who both played through some rust. The Aggies will play two road games before returning to the Pavilion on Nov. 26. Cross Country: NCAA West Regionals Before the race began, the Aggies were dealt a difficult hand as top runner junior Brandon Pugh collided with a fellow runner in warm-ups and could not compete. Without Pugh, UC Davis finished in 19th place as a team. Junior Amar Dholakai and sophomore Austin Goins were the first and second Aggies to cross... ...

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Men’s Basketball poised for comeback season

The heightened anticipation for the start of Aggie basketball is finally over. Official practices began on October 6 as UC Davis began preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 season which starts against Holy Names on Nov. 16. Coming off a 9-22 overall season with 4-12 record in Big West during last year’s campaign, the Aggies begin this season with a healthy squad with hopes to improve. A tandem of guards led the Aggies last season. Senior guard Corey Hawkins averaged 18 points per game, and former guard Ryan Sypkens average 11.4 points per game off the bench. Sypkens has since finished his career at UC Davis and was recently selected by the Idaho Stampede, a Utah Jazz affiliate, in the NBA’s Development League draft. Hawkins has led the Aggies in scoring since transferring from Arizona State. He has accumulated a total of 1,108 points in his two years as an Aggie. As he enters his last year of NCAA eligibility, the coaching staff is confident the Hawkins will lead UC Davis... ...

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UC Davis takes on basketball titan

The UC Davis women’s basketball team seems poised for a successful season, returning all five starters and ten players total from the previous year’s team. The team has already faced its first opponent Sonoma State in a exhibition game and came away with a dominant win. Despite coming out of the gates slow, the Aggies showed a level of cohesion and effort that will take them far. Unfortunately for the Aggies, their next game won’t be against a Division II opponent. Instead, UC Davis will face off against reigning National Champions UConn who are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. Last year, UC Davis took a trip to Storrs, Conn. to face UConn at home and came away with a 97-37 loss. Seniors Sydnee Fipps and Kelsey Harris were able to score in double digits, 13 and 12 points respectively, but no other Aggie finished with more than five points. The next lowest amount that they scored in a game all season was 48 points to a Stanford team... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Basketball (0-0): UC Davis vs. Sonoma State (W, 85-57) In their pre-season tune up game against Sonoma State, the Aggies prepared themselves for the intensity of the regular season opener next Friday. Junior Celia Marfone scored a game-high of 17 points, while seniors Kelsey Harris and Sydnee Fipps also broke into double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Freshmen Pele Gianotti, Rachel Nagel and Lauren Seyranian played impressively in their first-ever college game, bringing home 12, eight, and four points respectively. The Aggies shot a notable 59 percent in the second half, coming back from a shaky start in which Sonoma State was, at times, up by as many as six points. The Aggies finished fiercely, winning on an 11-0 run. This success marked their 11th consecutive exhibition-game victory. Cross Country: Doc Adams Open At UC Davis’ last home meet of the season, the Doc Adams Open, freshman Elizabeth Greif was the solo Aggie representing the UC Davis women’s cross country team. Greif put in her second-fastest time of... ...

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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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