Tuesday, September 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Decorated Aggie squad eyes long-awaited WWPA crown

1120rogersW

UCD senior Bernie Rogers — shown here loading up for a shot in a game earlier this season — was named the Western Water Polo Association's Player of the Year. The top-seeded Aggies host the WWPA tournament this weekend. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

By
From page B1 | November 20, 2013 |

In spite of the preseason doubters, the UC Davis men’s water polo team is well-positioned for the program’s first league championship tournament victory in 16 years.

The Aggies, a team selected to finish fourth in a Western Water Polo Association preseason coaches’ poll, host the tourney at Schaal Aquatics Center from Friday through Sunday. As the No. 1 seed, by virtue of going undefeated in conference play, UCD gets a bye into the semifinals and will play Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

The amazing regular season has come in coach Daniel Leyson’s first year at the helm, during which the Aggies have proven capable of beating all WWPA comers (9-0 against league opponents) while going 13-12 overall to earn a national ranking of 11.

“Now we’re on the big stage,” Leyson told The Enterprise. “That means that we really have to be able to execute under pressure. We have to stay relaxed and do what we’ve been working on for months.”

UCD has an opportunity to scope out the competition through Friday’s first round, then will be pitted against the lowest-seeded winner of a first-round match on Saturday.

If the Aggies win their semi, a championship contest awaits them on Sunday at 2 p.m. A victory in the title match comes with an automatic berth into the NCAA championship tournament.

Each step along the way, UCD will be leaning on the contributions of senior attacker Bernie Rogers, who was named the WWPA Player of the Year on Tuesday.

And the decorated athlete’s 2013 statistics tell the reason why: Rogers has thus far amassed 73 total points on 43 goals and 30 assists, while leading the squad with 25 steals.

He is first Aggie to receive the Player of the Year accolade since goalkeeper Mike McGee was honored in 2007.

Rogers also took his spot on the All-WWPA first team and the conference recognized four other UCD players — juniors Chris Richardson and Trevor Allen on the league’s second team, and Zoltan Lazar and Max Vigeant on the all-freshman squad.

Richardson has been a trustworthy attacker for the Aggies with his team-high 48 goals. Allen, who cut his teeth at Davis High, isn’t far behind with the 36 goals he has tallied so far in 2013.

But Leyson is relying on the gestalt of UCD’s squad in the quest to claim the conference title.

Who may pose the biggest threat — between WWPA members UC San Diego (4-1), Loyola Marymount (2-3), Air Force (1-4), Santa Clara (3-2) and Cal Baptist (0-5) — to the Aggies’ title aspirations still remains to be seen.

“One of the things about our conference this year is that a lot of the teams have beaten each other,” Leyson said. “I don’t think that there’s one particular team that has really distanced itself from the others.

“Each game is going to be very interesting and hotly contested. It will make for an exciting tournament, but it’s also stressful at the same time.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett.

Comments

comments

.

News

UC joins U.N.-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

 
Nature’s beauty is in our own back yard

By Charlotte Orr | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Jury finds Dixon man guilty of mortgage fraud

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
 
U.S., Arab allies hit Islamists in Syria, Iraq

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

Bob Dunning: These are the tanks we get

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Wind threatens firefighting effort

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Harmony Award nominations sought

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Unscheduled landing

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Free community yard sale Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Street Food Rodeo rolls into West Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Wolk kicks off ‘Morning with the Mayor’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
So you want to be an entomologist?

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A4

Sheriff’s Office honored for safe-driving initiative

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Baha’is celebrate 50th anniversary in Davis

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Downtown gift cards get a new perk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Forum will answer questions about new license law

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Applications open for Biberstein grants

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
.

Forum

Brother’s drinking out of control

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Daughter has her own opinions

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

We must not stand for perpetual war

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Don’t cut all the trees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

A great Day in the Country

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Donors support school matinees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

A big Explorit thanks!

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Teacher tenure becomes key campaign issue

By Tom Elias | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

Running game powered Devils in first football win

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Davis field hockey team rights ship at Lassen

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Devil golfers soar past Sheldon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Blue Devils bounce back against Pleasant Grove

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

UCD roundup: Aggie women reach finals of East/West golf tourney

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
U11s get a win in an eventful weekend of youth football

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Giants beat L.A. in 13 innings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
A’s support Samardzija in a win over Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Carol L. Walsh

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7