BRIEFS: UCD outlasts UOP in Big West opener

By September 24, 2010

STOCKTON Ñ Junior middle blocker Katie DennyÕs tip fell into the open Tiger court to complete UC DavisÕ wild five-set victory over Pacific in Big West Conference womenÕs volleyball action at the Alex Spanos Center on Thursday.

Sophomore Allison Whitson scored 18 kills against just four errors as the Aggies won 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 13-25 and 16-14.

Denny had 10 kills with one error for UCD (9-4, 1-0), while freshman Morgan Borch and senior Melanie Adams tallied 13 and 11 kills, respectively.

Senior libero Kayla Varney picked up 22 digs, with freshman setter Jenny Woolway right behind with a career-high 19. Additionally, the Aggies totaled 11 blocks in net defense, with senior Betsy Sedlak leading the way with eight stuffs.

For the Tigers (7-5, 0-1), senior Svenja Engelhardt knocked down 17 kills.

Whitson hit five kills on 10 attempts in the AggiesÕ first-set win. UCD took the lead immediately on back-to-back block assists by Sedlak and Borch, then capitalized on three Tiger errors to massage the edge to 10-4. Pacific managed to close the gap to 23-22, but the Aggies finished off the opener with two straight points.

In the second set, Adams hit two kills and served up an ace amidst a 10-2 run that helped UCD pull from a close 11-10 advantage to a decisive 21-12 lead. Pacific delivered the Aggies their final two points on a hitting error and serving error.

The Tigers, however, came out firing after the break, winning the third and fourth games, then jumping out to a 8-2 lead in the fifth.

But UCD finally regrouped, scoring eight of the next nine points. Sedlak contributed on three blocks, Adams equalized on a shot from the right pin, and Whitson gave the Aggies a 11-10 lead on a cross-court shot from the left side.

The teams traded three more ties before DennyÕs kill through the Pacific back row provided UCD with a 14-13 match point. Two points later, DennyÕs tip gave the Aggies the match win.

The Aggies continue south for more Big West action at UC Riverside on Saturday.

UCD softball

The Aggies, who are coming off the first NCAA Division I softball tournament appearance in school history for the Aggies, will be playing eight games as part of its fall schedule.

The contests do not count toward the teamÕs regular season results.

The highlight of the slate is a home doubleheader on Nov. 6, when UCD will finish off fall play by hosting Sacramento City College at 10 a.m. and Sierra College at 12:30 p.m.

Four games will be played at the seventh annual Battle of the Bay Collegiate Softball Tournament in Hayward on Oct. 9-10, and the schedule also features a doubleheader at CaliforniaÕs Levine-Fricke Field.

Those contests are on Oct. 24, when the Aggies face Sacramento State at 10 a.m. then play the

Golden Bears at 12:30 p.m.

Tennis Festival

Today is the final day to register for the third annual Harvey English Tennis Festival, a one-day event that will be played on Oct. 2.

The festival is named after local tennis legend and UCD professor Harvey English, who died this year at the age of 99, and the 2010 event will honor longtime Davis High girls tennis coach Paul Ochs, who recently retired after 34 seasons.

Players ages 18 and older are eligible to register and the cost is $20.

The festival will begin at 8 a.m. at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on the UCD campus and will last until 4 p.m.

All adult menÕs, womenÕs and mixed doubles teams are welcome, and organizers will arrange teams for players without a partner. Players will be divided up by skill level and placed into groups of four for a round-robin with each match being a 10-game pro set.

Players can register online at http://harleyenglishtennis.com or by contacting the Retiree

Center at [email protected] or (530) 752-5182.

Lacrosse clinic

Join the Davis Lacrosse Association on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northstar Park for a fun introduction to lacrosse for boys and girls in grades 2 through 8.

The clinic is free and no equipment is required. Just bring water and wear comfortable clothing.

All participants must pre-register online at http://www.davislax.org by clicking on the tab labeled

ÒRegister Online.Ó Then click on the link labeled ÒFree Lacrosse Clinic Fall 2010Ó to start the

registration process.

For general questions about Davis Lacrosse programs, contact Don Aiello at (530) 750-3892 or [email protected]

Devil Scramble

The first Devil Scramble, a golf tournament to benefit the DHS boys and girls golf teams, will be Monday, Oct. 18, at El Macero Country Club.

Players are asked to pre-register by Thursday.

Golfers can choose either a scramble or ÒshambleÓ format. The cost for this event is $150, which includes entry into 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, dinner and various awards. Nongolfers are invited for dinner at the cost of $30.

For more information, contact DHS boys coach Karl Ronning at [email protected] or Blue Devil girls coach Rhonda Mohr at [email protected]

Lacrosse camp

The Davis Lacrosse Association will offer its annual Fall Ball lacrosse camp for boys in grades 2 to 12, from beginners to advanced players.

Fall Ball is an opportunity to try out the fastest-growing team sport in Northern California or hone skills for the next season.

The Fall Ball will take place in Davis Ñ with boys playing on Thursdays and Sundays and girls going Wednesdays and Sundays Ñ beginning next week and running through Nov. 21.

For more information, visit http://www.davislax.org. To register, go to the website and click ÒRegister Online.Ó

For general questions about Davis Lacrosse programs, contact Don Aiello at (530) 750-3892 or [email protected]


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