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Saturday, October 23, 2021

This week in men’s and women’s sports

This Week in Women's Sports

Men’s Basketball (14-3):

UC Davis @ UC Riverside (W, 74-61)

UC Davis @ Cal State Fullerton (W, 79-68)

Hitting the road, the UC Davis men’s basketball team finished with two straight victories thanks to high scoring, efficient performances. Against UC Riverside, the Aggies shot a blistering 58 percent from beyond the arc. Senior guard Corey Hawkins finished with a team high of 26 points, while senior guard Avery Johnson added three from beyond the arc and six rebounds.

Against CSUN, Hawkins once again finished with 26 points while adding 10 rebounds, while junior forward Josh Fox added 20 points. Meanwhile, UC Davis held their opponent to 34.5 percent shooting from the field.

Through their first 17 games, Hawkins has proven to be one of the best offensive players in the nation. He is scoring 20.9 points per game, ninth in the country, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Women’s Basketball (8-8):

UC Davis vs. UC Riverside (W, 70-61)

UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton (W, 64-59)

After a tough pre-Conference schedule, the UC Davis women’s basketball is rolling in Big West play and has moved to 3-1. Against UC Riverside, senior forward Sydnee Fipps was phenomenal, scoring a career high 29 points while adding 10 rebounds. The team dominated UC Riverside defensively, forcing their opponent to shoot 30.9 percent in the game. Still, the game was decided by just nine points due to 24 Aggies turnovers.

For one game, against Cal State Fullerton, Fipps did not shoulder the offensive load for UC Davis. The senior finished with just seven points on 33 percent shooting. Instead, freshmen guards Rachel Nagel and Dani Nafekh took the reigns, scoring 11 and 17 points respectively including six combined threes. The Aggies once again played strong defense, and limited turnovers, but were almost undone by allowing their opponent 14 offensive rebounds.

The Aggies will play at home on Jan. 22 against Hawaii.

Gymnastics:

UC Davis @ Utah (4th place)

After second and first place finishes in their two meets, the Aggies stumbled to a last place finish in a competition against Utah, Southern Utah and Boise State. Junior Dani Judal finished in third place on the Balance Beams, while no other Aggies finished in the top three in an event. All three top finishers in the all-around were from Utah.

The Aggies will face Sacramento State in Sacramento on Jan. 23 before returning home to face George Washington on Feb. 8.

Swimming & Diving:

Bruin Diving Invitational

Facing off against top competition, the UC Davis divers saw six athletes finish in the top 40 of both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter competitions. Junior Lucy LaFranchise finished no. 16 in the 1-Meter Championship final and no. 13 in the 3-Meter finals.

The swimming team will face off against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 24 before both return to meet University of Pacific on Jan. 31.

Women’s Tennis (1-1):

UC Davis @ Northern Arizona University (W, 5-2)

UC Davis @ Arizona State (L, 0-7)

UC Davis opened up the Spring season against Northern Arizona University, winning 5-2 in Flagstaff. The Aggies jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before the Lumberjacks were able to score a point. Sophomore Kamila Kecki and senior Layla Sanders were each able to win both of the matches that they played.

Against No. 32 Arizona State, the Aggies were unable to score a point as they fell 7-0. None of the singles matches went past two sets, as the Aggies were unable to win a single one.

UC Davis will return home on Jan. 31 to face University of Pacific.

Women’s Water Polo (1-1):

UC Davis vs. China (Exhibition; L, 16-9 and L, 18-5)

UC Davis @ Brazil (Exhibition; W, 7-6)

UC Davis @ No. 4 California (L, 15-4)

UC Davis @CSU Monterey Bay (W, 10-4)

The Aggie women’s water polo team faced off against the Chinese National Team, losing 16-9, before heading to San Jose for the LouStrong Memorial Tournament.

At the tournament, the Aggies played two scheduled games as well as two exhibition matches against China and Brazil. Against Cal, the Aggies allowed six first quarter points and nine points in the first half while only scoring one. Six different players for the Golden Bears scored at least two goals. Against Brazil, UC Davis outscored their opponents 3-1 in the first quarter and coasted to a one-point victory.

On the second day of action, the Aggies fell to China for the second time in a young season. Against CSU Monterey Bay, UC Davis never trailed and finished with a six point victory. Three Aggies finished with two goals, finishing strong with a 4-1 fourth quarter.

Men’s Tennis (1-1):

UC Davis @ Stanford (L, 6-1)

UC Davis vs. University of Pacific (W, 5-2)

The Aggies kicked off their Spring season with a tough matchup, facing No. 30 Stanford. The Aggies were only able to get one win, with sophomore James Wade scoring a victory in three sets. Two of the other five singles matches went to three sets, with the rest finishing in two.

Despite dropping two of three doubles matches against University of Pacific, the Aggies were able to pull out a home victory thanks to five singles victories. Freshman Everett Maltby finished with his first Division I victory, beating sophomore Eric Spence.

Graphic by Andrew Li

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