Event: Triton Invitational
Teams: No. 9 UC Davis vs. Redlands; No. 18 UC San Diego or No. 12 Marist; TBA; TBA
Records: Aggies, 2-2; Bulldogs, 2-3; Tritons, 0-0; Red Foxes, 0-0
Where: Canyonview Pool – La Jolla, Calif.
When: Saturday at 9 a.m., TBA; Sunday at TBA, TBA
Who to watch: Sophomore Dakotah Mohr drew a combined 20 exclusions over the four-game NorCal Cup last weekend.
The Davis native, who was selected to the All-Western Water Polo Association freshman team last year, had a career-high seven exclusions against No. 4 Hawaii on Saturday.
Did you know? The Aggies have played the Triton Invitational for the past six seasons and have yet to come away as the tournament’s No. 1 finisher. UC Davis is looking to change that this year, as they come in as the top-ranked team in their pool of four.
Preview: UC Davis is coming off an impressive start to its season with two solid victories at the NorCal Cup.
“When you clear away the dust, we beat San Jose, we played well against Hawaii and we played well against Cal,” said coach Jamey Wright. “It gives us confidence, so we’ll build on that, but we also have to be consistent.”
Wright spread out the playing time last weekend, with nine players averaging double-digit minutes during the tournament. The team’s scoring sources proved to be the biggest surprise. Freshman Kaylee Miller and sophomore Lauren Siedemann led the Aggies with four goals apiece last weekend.
Now, the inexperienced Aggies travel to San Diego as UCSD hosts the annual Triton Invitational, a 16-team tournament featuring 11 nationally-ranked teams.
“I’m really happy with our team this year,” Wright said. “I was worried that we were too young to do anything, but I think we’re going to be okay.”
– Sammy Brasch