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Monday, September 26, 2022

Sports

Hanson leaves men’s basketball team

Shane Hanson has left the UC Davis men's basketball team due to personal reasons, head coach Gary Stewart said Thursday.

It's a situation where there were some things going on that Shane wanted to address and focus on 100 percent, Stewart said. After meeting with him, it was obvious that it was in his best interests to leave the team and deal with those issues.

Track and field preview

Who to watch: Sophomore sprinter Ugo Eke opened the outdoor season Mar. 1 with authority, winning the 200- and 400- meter dashes at the All-Cal Challenge Cup in Irvine. She also ran a leg in each of the Aggies' winning 4x400 and 4x1600 relay teams.

For her efforts, the Gold River native earned Big West Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors.

Women’s basketball preview

Event: Big West Conference Tournament

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside

Records: Aggies, 18-10 (12-4); Highlanders, 13-15 (10-6)

Women’s gymnastics preview

Who to watch: UC Davis is coming off a season-best 48.550 team score in uneven bars, and as usual, the event begins with sophomore Lida Gehlen.

The Sun City, Calif. tied for second place with 9.800 and leads the team this season with seven wins on bars.

Women’s water polo preview

Who to Watch: It's been said that Los Angeles changes you.

Redshirt freshman Rachelle Smith's performance at the LMU Invitational last weekend is living proof.

The Valley Center, Calif. native had a breakout weekend, doubling her season goal total with five goals, while adding four assists and three steals in just 58 minutes.

Softball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Nevada

Records: Aggies (15-13); Wolf Pack (16-8)

Where: La Rue Field

When: Today at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Who to watch: Junior center fielder Trish Paine has hit safely in each of the last nine games, batting .393 with four runs and four stolen bases in the process.

Women’s Lacrosse Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Temple

Records: Aggies, 2-4; Owls, 2-2

Where: Aggie Stadium

When: Today at 3 p.m.

Who to watch: After making key contributions late in the second half of UC Davis' last two home games, senior midfielder Katie McGovern seems to be back in top form.

Baseball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Nevada

Records: Aggies, 7-7

Where: Peccole Park - Reno, Nev.

When: Today at 2 p.m.

Who to watch: Senior outfielder Kevin James has been red-hot with the bat and will get another five games to keep it that way this week.

Senior co-captains strike again

If once is good, twice is better.

For the second straight game, the UC Davis women's lacrosse team (2-4) rode incredible performances from senior co-captain midfielders Katie McMahon and Katie McGovern to victory.

After posting 11 goals and four assists in a 14-13 win over Holy Cross, the Katies combined for 10 goals and four assists in UC Davis' 16-14 victory over Quinnipiac (2-1) on Monday.

Women’s tennis preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Santa Clara

Records: Aggies, 8-6; Broncos, 2-8

Where: Degheri Tennis Center - Santa Clara, Calif.

When: Today at 2 p.m.

Who to watch: After posting two 13-win seasons at Purdue, Randi Shuler's winning ways have seamlessly carried over to UC Davis in her first year with the program.

The junior No. 1 is second on the team with eight dual wins and is coming off a 6-3, 6-1 singles victory over UC Riverside's Erynne Oki.

Bullpen and defensive woes plague Aggies

After reaching a high of a four-game sweep of Utah the week before, the Aggies' (7-7) bullpen and defense failed them this past week as they dropped four straight contests before salvaging a Causeway Classic victory.

In the four losses, UC Davis relievers allowed 17 runs in 12 innings, while the Aggie defense committed 13 errors.

Men’s tennis sweeps two-match weekend homestand

The UC Davis men's tennis team demonstrated over the weekend that wins can come in multiple fashions.

The Aggies first bulldozed Swarthmore in Saturday's matchup and was later pushed to their limits in Sunday's close win over Sonoma State.

UC Davis nearly tops No. 1 Arizona State

This weekend, the UC Davis softball team was close to experiencing the highest of highs: dethroning the No. 1 team in the nation.

The Aggies came up short but gained confidence that they could hang with the top softball teams. They went on to win three out of the next four contests at the highly competitive Diamond Devil Invitational this weekend.