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BRIEFS: Aggies reach WWPA title game

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November 20, 2010 |

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SANTA CLARA — The second-seeded UC Davis men\’s water polo team took care of business on Friday and Saturday. Today, the Aggies play for the Western Water Polo Association championship and a spot in December\’s National Collegiate Championship.

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On Saturday, four players scored two goals each for No. 12 UCD and junior Kevin Peat tallied nine saves to lead the Aggies to a 10-6 victory over 11th-ranked and third-seeded UC San Diego in a WWPA tournament semifinal game at Santa Clara\’s Sullivan Aquatics Center.

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UCD improves to 18-9 and will face Loyola Marymount in today\’s title game. The Lions have won the WWPA title in seven of the past nine seasons.

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Sophomore Colin Hicks, junior Aaron Salit and seniors Matt Richardson and Carlos Martinez each netted two goals for the Aggies, while senior attacker Cory Lyle and junior utility Ryan Hagens

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accounted for the balance of the UCD scoring.

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Junior driver Graham Saber posted a hat trick for UCSD.

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The Tritons took an early 2-1 lead when Saber converted a 6-on-5 opportunity with two minutes remaining in the first period. However, Richardson immediately tied the game on the next possession, then the Aggies scored three unanswered through six minutes in the second quarter to craft a 5-2 lead. UCD held a 5-3 edge at the break.

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Senior driver Ryan Allred scored the first goal after halftime to close the gap to a single goal, and the Tritons had three straight extra-man chances in the third period, but the Aggies\’ five-man defense protected the cage.

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Richardson hit his second goal in the final minute of the third and Salit connected early in the fourth to extend the UCD\’s advantage to 7-4. The Tritons never got any closer than that three-goal margin.

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Loyola Marymount defeated Santa Clara, 11-4, in the other semifinal on Saturday to set up today\’s 1:30 p.m. championship matchup.

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On Friday, Martinez scored four goals and Richardson added three, to lead the Aggies to a 14-10 win over Air Force in the quarterfinals.

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Lyle and Salit netted two goals apiece for the UCD, while Anders MacCarthy, Walter Eggert and Hicks each chipped in one. Peat posted 13 saves in defense of the Aggie cage.

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Martinez scored two goals as part of a six-goal fourth quarter — an unusual occurrence for an Aggie team better known for its defense. UCD led 8-5 through three quarters, but Air Force cut it to 10-8 with 5:18 left.

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Richardson scored with less than two minutes remaining to extend the Aggie lead to three and Martinez scored in the final second to seal the victory.

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UCD volleyball

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Though they didn\’t finish it off with a win, the Aggies sent their seniors out with a gutsy performance on Saturday in a five-set loss to Pacific.Tigers\’ senior Svenja Engelhardt posted 20 kills, including three during a crucial 7-0 run in the fifth set, to lead Pacific to a 22-25,

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25-21, 24-26, 25-17, 15-11 win over UCD in a Big West match at The Pavilion.

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The Aggies, suffering their fourth five-set loss in the past six matches, end the 2010 season with a 16-13 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the Big West.

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Five different UCD players tallied double-figure kills and five others had double-figure digs in the match. Opposite Melanie Adams, the lone Aggie senior to participate in the match, posted her third straight double-double with a team-best 13 kills and 14 digs. Junior middle blocker Betsy Sedlak hit 11 kills and figured in eight of her team\’s 14.5 blocks, while another junior middle, Katie Denny, had 12 kills with a .393 hitting average. Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Plum led UCD with 15 digs.

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Along with Adams, who has started all but one match in the last two seasons, Saturday\’s match served as a career finale for two other Aggies seniors. Kayla Varney, whose grandfather Gary

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McCord served as a guest public address announcer, was unable to play due to an injury sustained at UC Santa Barbara during the previous weekend. She finished her

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career at No. 2 on the school\’s career digs list. Finally, defensive specialist Esther Hon bid farewell after joining the Aggies as a senior walk-on in 2010.

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UCD swimming

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Freshman Madeline Talt finished 24th in the 1,650 freestyle as the Aggies completed the third and final day of action at the Arena Invitational held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach on Saturday.

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Talt\’s season-best time of 17:25.29 earned her a 24th-place finish, the highest UCD finish of the day. She was followed by Karley Troup who clocked in with a her best time of the year, 17:53.61, and finished 37th. Bridget Bugbee finished 42nd overall with a season-best time of 17:56.64, while Joann Liang was 51st in 18:17.39. Jessica Nicholson turned in an exhibition performance of 18:25.16.

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In the 200 backstroke, Liang was the Aggies\’ top finisher, placing 47th in a time of 2:07.69, while Troup was 80th in a time of 2:18.33. Alex Wells came in 82nd with a time of 2:26.30. Victoria Pichay exhibitioned with a time of 2:13.30, a season-best, while Nicholson also turned in an exhibition time of 2:19.10.

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Bugbee clocked in with a time of 53.96 in the 100 free, while Emily Rodgers posted a time of 55.37.

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Alyssa Britt led UCD in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.87, a season-best, while Maya Sprinsock was 55th in a time of 2:28.38, also a season-best.

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Troup finished 35th in the 200 butterfly, recording a season and team-best time of 2:05.74. Megan Leung turned in a time of 2:10.88 to finish 55th and Nicholson had a time of 2:19.40.

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During Friday\’s second day of action, the Aggies earned top-20 finishes in the 200

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medley relay and the 800 free relay.

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UCD\’s 200 medley relay squad — made up of Liang, Lisa Bender, Leung and Katelyn Griffin — finished 18th overall with a time of 1:48.33 to start the day, while Britt followed with a 59th-place finish in the 400 individual medley. Britt clocked in with a season-best time of 4:45.88 and Nicholson recorded a time of 4:51.62, also her best of the year.

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The Aggies later finished the day by placing 17th in the 800 free relay as Sprinsock, Nicholson, Troup and Talt combined for a time of 8:03.11.

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UCD had several strong finishes in the 100 butterfly, led by Leung, who touched the wall in 57.93 to take 44th. Griffin was 49th in the event, clocking in with a season-best time of 58.31, while Troup (58.61) and Rodgers (1:02.86) also placed well. Britt (1:03.14), Buffy Ajimura (1:03.80) and Sprinsock (59.83) turned in exhibition times.

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Bugbee led five Aggies in the 200 free as she placed 50th overall in a season-best time of 1:54.44. Liang was 68th at 1:56.37, followed by Talt, Ajimura and Wells.

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Bender finished 44th in the 100 breaststroke, recording her best time of the season (1:06.86), while Sprinsock and Britt finished 58th and 60th, respectively.

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In the 100 backstroke, UCD\’s Ashley Chandler placed 38th with a time of 58.24 and was followed by Liang who was 46th overall in a time of 59.02, a season-best for the freshman. Pichay (1:02.02) and Wells (1:11.06) also swam well.

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The Aggies return to action at the Texas Invitational on Dec. 2.

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UCD baseball

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The Aggie program signed five recruits to National Letters of Intent during the fall early signing period, including Jesuit standout Cameron Law. The newest players — Law, Kevin Barker, Spencer Koopmans, Izaak Silva, John Williams — will join UCD for the 2012 season.

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“Our recruiting coordinator, Tony Schifano, has done a tremendous job of identifying and recruiting these baseball student-athletes,” Aggie manager Rex Peters said. “It\’s Coach Schifano\’s best as a recruiting coordinator for our baseball program, and we are not done yet. We hope to add at least two more pitchers and a few position players in the April signing period.”

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Law helped lead the Marauders to the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship and a quarterfinal appearance in 2010 —knocking off Davis High, 5-1, in the first round. On the mound, Law posted a 1.88 ERA, earning all-Delta River League honorable mention accolades, while posting a .355 batting average to go with a .548 slugging percentage at the plate. Jesuit won the DRL last season.

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“Cameron comes from a very athletic family and a good high school program where they know how to win,” Peters said. “He loves to compete and has good potential to develop into a power pitcher with a devastating slider.”

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Barker posted a .425 batting average last year to lead Saint Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco) to the West Coast Athletic League semifinals. The 5-foot-11 outfielder earned All-WCAL honorable mention honors and was selected to participate in the 2010 Under Armour

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Preseason All-America Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

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Koopmans, a 6-4 pitcher out of Santa Teresa High (San Jose) is a letter-winner in baseball and basketball. In 2009, he posted a 1.42 ERA en route to being named Sophomore of the Year in the Mount Hamilton Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League.

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During his junior campaign, he recorded a 2.43 ERA to lead Santa Teresa to a second-place league finish and an appearance in the Central Coast Section tournament. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Mount Hamilton first team, a feat he duplicated during the basketball season.

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Silva, a 5-10 catcher for Soquel High helped lead his 2009 squad to a Central Coast Section semifinals appearance. During his sophomore campaign, he posted a .333 batting average and 20 RBI, which earned him All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League second-team accolades. He was an All-SCCAL first team selection as a junior in 2010 after recording a .487 batting average and 17 RBI.

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Williams is a standout in both football and baseball at St. Francis (Mountain View). He recorded a .375 batting

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average as a junior and was selected to the California Baseball Coaches\’ Association North Team.

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UCD finished the 2010 season with a 26-29 overall record and a 9-15 mark in the Big West Conference.

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