Men’s Water Polo
No. 13 UC Davis dropped its first two games of the season on Saturday. The Aggies opened their 2011 campaign with a 16-5 loss to No. 2 California and followed that up with an 8-7 defeat at the hands of No. 5 Pacific.
Senior center Aaron Salit was the standout performer for UC Davis, scoring eight of the Aggies’ 12 goals on the day. Fellow senior goalkeeper Kevin Peat recorded eight saves against Cal before adding another nine against Pacific.
UC Davis will return to action Friday when it faces Fresno Pacific before playing four games over the weekend at the Inland Empire Classic.
The Aggies went 3-1 at the Park Inn Hurricane Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. this weekend – moving their record to 6-1 on the year. UC Davis opened the tournament strong, winning 3-0 over both Arkansas-Pine Bluff and UT Arlington on Friday.
The Aggies suffered their first defeat of 2011 in a 3-1 loss to North Dakota State early on Saturday, but UC Davis rebounded later that afternoon with a 3-0 upset win over defending Conference USA Champion and host Tulsa.
Sophomore setter Jenny Woolway was named tournament MVP. The San Diego native tallied 44 assists in the Aggies’ win over Tulsa.
UC Davis will take part in the Pioneer Classic in Denver Friday and Saturday prior to facing off against Sacramento State Sept. 13.
UC Davis fell 3-2 to Brown as it opened its East Coast road trip that was postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.
The game was tied for most of the second half, but the Bears were able to find the cage with less than six minutes remaining to secure the victory.
Junior Amanda Marinac and sophomore Carly Schoch accounted for the Aggies’ two goals.
The loss moves UC Davis to 1-1 on the year.
The Aggies will finish their road trip with matches today against Bryant Unversity and Tuesday versus Providence.
UC Davis kicked off its 2011 campaign by hosting the Aggie Open on Friday.
Senior Jonathan Peterson won the 6000-meter race with a time of 17:59. The UC Davis men fell to Sacramento State, however, by the score of 36-23.
On the women’s side, Aggies senior Krista Drecshler and junior Sarah Sumpter tied to the lead in the 4000-meter race at 13:54.
Unfortunately for UC Davis, their efforts weren’t enough as the Aggies lost to the Hornets 38-21.
UC Davis will take to the course again at the Hornet Jamboree, hosted by Sacramento State on Saturday.
– Trevor Cramer