Men’s Water Polo
No. 9 UC Davis went 2-2 over the weekend, finishing 10th in the SoCal Invitational. The Aggies opened the weekend with a 9-8 loss to No. 8 UC Irvine.
UC Davis then flipped the script, beating Western Water Polo Association foe No. 20 Pomona-Pitzer 9-8 and No. 14 Princeton 11-7 before falling 11-10 to conference opponent No. 12 UC San Diego in their final contest of the weekend.
The split moved the Aggies to 16-5 on the year – 10-1 in Western Water Polo Association action.
Junior attacker Russell Hampton led the Aggies with five goals over the weekend, four of which came against UCSD.
Defensively senior goalkeeper Kevin Peat held firm, allowing double-digit goals just once and tallying 14 saves against Princeton.
The Aggies will return home for a three-game home-stand, beginning against Pacific on Friday.
Sophomore Nicole Koehly won her flight at the Cal Nike Invitational this weekend. Koehly won her semi-final matchup on Saturday over Fresno State’s Anne Susdorf, advancing to Sunday’s final against BYU’s Aubrey Paul. Koehley then won the white singles title by default when Paul refused to compete in the final due to BYU’s policy of not competing in Sunday’s.
UC Davis sophomore Kelly Chui went 2-2 over the weekend, advancing to the blue singles final before falling to California’s Alice Duranteu.
The Aggies next tournament will be the Saint Mary’s Invitational starting Oct. 14.
UC Davis’ Josh Albert finished second in flight C at the Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State this weekend. After winning Saturday’s semifinal Albert lost in the final Sunday 6-3, 6-4 to Fresno City College’s Christian Fisher.
George Horowitz also had a strong showing for the Aggies, winning the flight C consolation bracket.
UC Davis’ Toki Sherbakov, Kyle Miller and Chris Aria each won their first round matchup in the tournament.
The Aggies will return to the court at the ITA Regional in Seattle on Oct. 21.
– Trevor Cramer