Review Category : Sports

UC Davis suffers loss in first conference match of season

UC Davis women’s water polo team fell to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos by the score of 7-4 in their first Big West match of the season on March 29. After the loss, UC Davis slipped to 11-12 overall records and 0-1 in conference play. Although the Aggies lost to the Gauchos at the UCI Invitational women’s water polo tournament on Feb. 22 by the score of 11-9, this game seemed to be an even matchup since UC Davis is ranked 15th in the National Collegiate polls while UC Santa Barbara is ranked 16th. In the first quarter, the Gauchos came out in full force as Samantha Murphy scored the first 6-on-5 goal during a power-play with 7:24 to play. Three minutes later, UC Santa Barbara’s Bryn Hudson followed by scoring another 6-on-5 goal to give the Gauchos a 2-0 lead. The Aggies were finally able to get on the board two minutes before ending in the first half when sophomore center Allyson Hansen scored a power-play goal, assisted by... ...

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UC Davis tennis plays well in weekend tournaments

UC Davis men’s tennis has been surging as of late, and their latest victory came on March 30 against UC Irvine, 6-1. With this win, the Aggies now have a 12-7 overall record and a 2-0 conference record. UC Davis only lost twice in March, those losses coming against Fresno State and Nevada. UC Davis won two of three doubles matches before the third match was left unfinished due to rain. The winning continued for the Aggies as they won six of seven singles matches. In his victory, freshman Alec Adamson (20-8) became the third Aggie to win 20 matches. The only loss came against UC Irvine’s Tyler Pham who defeated senior Kyle Miller. Miller struggled and lost in two sets, 6-1, 6-1. This was the only point that UC Irvine was able to earn in singles. UC Davis men’s tennis will now face Hawai’i on April 1 at the Marya Welch Tennis Center in Davis, Calif. UC Davis women’s tennis won their fifth straight on March 30 against the... ...

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49ers strike gold as they sweep Aggies in weekend series

The Aggies had a rough start to conference play, getting swept by the Long Beach State 49ers. They started their series against the 49ers with a doubleheader on March 30. This was a long day for UC Davis as the 49ers clearly had the Aggies’ number. In the first game of the doubleheader, the 49ers were led by shortstop Shayna Kimbrough and second baseman Cya Neal. Kimbrough went 2-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Neal went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. The Aggies simply could not stop the 49ers’ batting order; starting pitcher freshman Dana Cruse only went 3.1 innings and gave up four earned runs. Sophomore Leah Munden came in to relieve Cruse and fared no better, giving up four runs — though none of those were earned — in two innings pitched. Besides the lack of ability to stop the 49er bats, the Aggies’ bats were silent, struggling to even get hits against Long Beach State’s Erin Jones-Wesley. Jones-Wesley was stellar against the... ...

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Female Athlete of the Quarter: Megan Heneghan

“She’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been here 19 years,” women’s tennis head coach Bill Maze said. Senior Megan Heneghan’s 7-4 match record in singles matches this quarter, not including an unfinished match that she was leading by a set, seems to match the statement made by her coach. All of her matches have all come at the number one position, meaning that she faced the top player from the opposing team every time she stepped on the court in singles, making her record all the more impressive. Heneghan backed her strong singles play up with impressive doubles results as well. Partnering mainly with senior Melissa Kobayakawa, Heneghan boasts a 9-3 doubles record for the quarter, giving her team a chance to win the crucial doubles point virtually every time she took the court. The women’s tennis team now has a 6-6 dual match record through this quarter, and Heneghan’s impact is clear to see. Besides the positive statistical results, the rest of the team receives... ...

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Female Freshman of the Quarter: Hilvy Cheung

UC Davis women’s swimming and diving has many reasons to be proud of their consistently excellent performances within the last few years of competition. With a solid group of female swimmers and divers, the team constantly holds their own versus top schools throughout the nation. Adding to the team’s overall success this season was Freshman of the Quarter Hilvy Cheung, who dove headfirst into the pool as an Aggie and established herself as a huge contributor for the squad this past year. Cheung first established her dominance in October, when she posted the fifth-fastest time in school history in the 200-yard butterfly during the Pacific Invitational Women’s Swimming Meet. Cheung continued her dominance in the pool throughout the season, breaking multiple school records in several strokes including the butterfly, free, back and medley relay, leaving many of her competitors in her wake. With accolades ranging from being named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Turbo Athlete of the Week in January to being invited to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I... ...

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Male Freshman of the Quarter: Georgi Funtarov

The Bulgarian native had an outstanding freshman season. After injuries to junior forward J.T. Adenrele and senior forward Josh Ritchart, freshman forward Georgi Funtarov was a sight for sore eyes. Funtarov averaged 8.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in just 24.3 minutes per game. He had a standout game in the win against Cal Poly on Feb. 27, where Funtarov recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Funtarov is also an excellent shooter, he shot 41.5 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the arc this season. His ability to spread the floor and shoot the three has been beneficial for UC Davis all season long. He is expected to be a consistent contributor to the Aggies for the next three years. Funtarov’s presence in the front court will be significant due the to fact that the Aggies are weak in the paint. The minutes and production of Funtarov — especially as a freshman — has had a significant impact on the Aggies... ...

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Male Athlete of the Quarter: Corey Hawkins

After winning Male Athlete of the Year in the 2012-13 school year, Hawkins once again returns, this time as the Male Athlete of the Quarter. Though he has not had nearly the same year as in his 2012-13 season, Hawkins has much to be happy about, including recently earning a spot on the All-Big West second team. With his 18.0 points per game average, Hawkins is once again leading the team in scoring. His 4.5 rebounds per game is third on the team, which is impressive considering he is a 6’3” guard. Despite having a down year, Hawkins still scored at an elite level. His scoring average was good enough for second in the Big West, and many teams have devised defenses in order to stop his scoring. However, these defenses have not always worked as evidenced by Hawkins’ 29-point outburst against Hawai’i this season. But possibly more impressive is that Hawkins has carried the Aggies on his back. With the season-ending injury to junior forward J.T. Adenrele, the redshirting... ...

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Female Team of the Quarter: Swimming and Diving

Conference championships aren’t usually associated with UC Davis. However, members of the UC Davis swimming and diving team would argue otherwise. On Feb. 22, the Aggies won their third Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship in four years, earning the honor of The California Aggie’s female team of the quarter. The team, led by senior breaststroker Liliana Alvarez and freshman butterflier Hilvy Cheung, outscored seven other schools to win the MPSF title. On the second day of the meet, all 20 Aggies—16 swimmers and four divers—scored. Alvarez collected two MPSF individual titles, winning the 200 Breast in a pool-record 2:12:84 and also the 100 Breast in 1:00.89. Alvarez, who owns the 100 Breast meet record (1:00.47), became the first swimmer in the history of the MPSF to win one event four times, achieving the feat in the 100 Breast. She is also the first Aggie to qualify for nationals all four years. “She has gotten better every year,” head coach Barbara Jahn said about Alvarez. “And I think it’s a... ...

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Men’s Team of the Quarter: Basketball

The UC Davis men’s basketball squad started off their season with high hopes, winning three of their first five contests. Since that point, they struggled with injuries, absences and a general lack of size and will now be sitting out of the Big West Conference Tournament. The Aggies took their first hit before the season even started, losing junior forward J.T. Adenrele to a season-ending knee injury. Adenrele averaged 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the 2012-13 season, while giving UC Davis a consistent big defensive presence. With Adenrele out for the season and forward Ryan Howley graduated, the Aggies were already missing their top two rebounders from a year ago. When senior forward Josh Ritchart was lost for the year after nine games, they were left with too little size to compete in the Big West. Ritchart was nothing short of dominant in his nine games with the Aggies, scoring 17.3 points per game on 63.2 percent shooting, while also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.... ...

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Honorable Mention: Syndee Fipps

With her amazing performance throughout the 2013-14 season, junior forward Sydnee Fipps was named to the All-Big West Conference First Team for the second-straight season on March 10. As a leading player on the team, Fipps played hard in every game, and her consistent and great performance was the key element for all the victories the Aggies had for the past season. Since her first season, Fipps managed not to pick up any major injuries along the way, as she appeared in every single game throughout the last three seasons. By making a three-pointer in the first half against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 1, Fipps became the 16th player in the history of the women’s basketball program at UC Davis to reach the milestone 1,000 points. By the end of this season, Fipps hit the 20-point mark 15 times this season and she is currently ranked seventh place in the UC Davis scoring charts with 1,183 points. With all of her accomplishments in the last three years — especially... ...

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Aggie pride shines through in nationally-televised game

On March 1, ESPN returned to the UC Davis campus. The 5 p.m. game was broadcast nationally as the Aggies played the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Though the game was ultimately a statistical loss as the Gauchos defeated the Aggies, 67-54, the heart and effort that the team put in along with the fans and students who attended left most feeling like the evening was not in vain after all. The game was not only nationally televised, it was also senior night for the men’s basketball team. The lone senior on the team is Ryan Sypkens, and he was honored before the start of the game to thunderous applause from the more than 5,000 fans who packed the ARC Pavilion to support the Aggies. “It was a blessing to have a senior night with a packed house, in this environment, on a nationally-televised game,” Sypkens said. “I really felt the support from the community before, and during the game. I cannot thank them enough.” Pavilion manager and UC Davis alumnus... ...

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Aggies fall to visiting Gauchos in ESPN2 game

With the bright lights shining, the UC Davis men’s basketball squad failed to shoot the ball well and fell to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 67-54. The Aggies missed 11 free throws and made only four of their 19 three-pointers on the night, leading to a 13-point loss. Coming into the game, coach Jim Les and the UC Davis Aggies keyed in on UCSB junior forward Alan Williams, who has averaged 21.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season. “I’m going to lose some sleep tonight trying to figure it out, trying to come up with a plan [to stop Williams],” said Les before the Aggies played UCSB. Apparently, Les managed to come up with something as they performed admirably against Williams. He battled foul trouble throughout the night, picking up two quick fouls to start the second half before fouling out with 5:40 left in the game. On the night, Williams scored just eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds, albeit in a short 16 minutes. Instead,... ...

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Aggies continue tournament travels

Event: Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic Team: North Dakota State, Portland State, Stanford Records: Aggies 7-15; Bisons 10-6; Vikings 3-9 ; Cardinals 17-5 Where: Stanford, Calif. When: Saturday, March 8; Sunday, March 9 Who to Watch: In UC Davis’ fourth tournament of the year, the Aggies traveled to Santa Clara, Calif. and partook in the Santa Clara Marriott Classic. The athletes faced a challenging schedule, playing four games in a mere two days. With a lot of softball to be had in the first weekend of March, the Aggies began by taking on host team Santa Clara. In a well-fought battle, the two teams remained tied at 4-4 until the fifth inning, when the Broncos broke ahead, taking the game, 5-4, over the Aggies. Although the first game of the weekend ended unfavorably, the athletes bounced back to take on Boston University in the second matchup on March 1. The Aggies carried their second game of the day into extra innings, where they bested Boston in the eighth, with a final... ...

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Aggies hope to finish the season strong against UC Riverside and Irvine

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside; vs. UC Irvine Records: Aggies, 13-14 (8-6); Highlanders, 6-21 (2-12); Anteaters, 14-14 (7-7) Where: The ARC Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When: Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Who to watch: Sophomore guard Molly Greubel had a huge game against UC Santa Barbara on March 1. She scored 14 points, shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field and 5-5 from the free-throw line. Expect her to continue her excellent shooting. Preview: UC Davis has been playing their best basketball all season. They are currently on a three-win streak after beating Big West No. 1 Cal Poly last week, and UC Santa Barbara in a dominating fashion. The Aggies look to finish the regular season on a high note as they face UC Irvine and UC Riverside at home. UC Riverside fell to last place after losing to CSU Northridge this week. However, UC Riverside is one of the best shooting teams in the Big West, shooting 40.7 percent from... ...

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Aggies continue win-streak against Mustangs, Gauchos

Following a victory at home, the UC Davis women’s basketball team continued its great stretch of performances and finished its final road trip of this season by winning both the road games. The Aggies first matched up with a tough opponent, the Cal Poly Mustangs, who are currently ranked second in the conference standing. In their first meeting in January, UC Davis lost to Cal Poly by the score of 81-72. Unlike the first meeting, Cal Poly came out strong as the Aggies struggled early in the first half. Cal Poly’s Ariana Elegado held the hot hand as she made four consecutive three-pointers to give Cal Poly a 19-6 advantage only seven minutes into the first half. But soon, the Aggies used a 15-4 run to cut the lead to two, 23-21, with 7:04 left in the half. Junior forward Sydnee Fipps made a pair of free throws and a three-pointer which helped UC Davis take its first lead of the game, 28-26. The Mustangs again tied the game on... ...

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