INDIAN WELLS — The seventh-seeded UC Davis women’s tennis team got off to a good start at the Big West Championship Tournament on Thursday, making short work of No. 10 UC Riverside, 4-0.
After the Aggies captured the doubles point, Melissa Kobayakawa, Nicole Koehly and Tiffany Pham recorded singles victories to finish off the win for UCD at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Aggie victory sets up a quarterfinal matchup with second-seeded Long Beach State. That contest was scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday.
UCD started Thursday’s match by getting an impressive 8-0 doubles victory from Ellie Edles and Pham. After that duo downed Highlanders Natalie McKay and Courtney Pattugalan, Kobayakawa teamed with Lauren Curry to pull away from Kat Saltarelli and Kate Bergeson, 9-7, to clinch the doubles point.
The Aggies then used three straight-set singles wins from the bottom of their lineup to advance.
Kobayakawa beat McKay, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 4 then Pham took down Bergeson, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6 to each finish with two victories on the day. Koehly capped the team win with her 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Pattugalan at No. 5.
UCD men’s tennis
The sixth-seeded Aggies claimed the doubles point but No. 3 Pacific stormed back in singles play to defeat UCD, 4-2, in the first round of the Big West Tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Aggie head coach Eric Steidlmayer’s first season ends with an 8-13 overall record and Kyle Miller finished the spring with the team’s best record. Even after losing a match on Thursday, Miller went 14-7 playing at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Toki Sherbakov and Adam Levie — who clinched UCD’s doubles point with a 9-8 (6) win over the Tigers on Thursday — were the Aggies’ top duo in 2013, finishing 11-9.
George Horowitz posted UCD’s singles point, claiming a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Erik Cederwall at No. 6
UCD women’s lacrosse
Senior attacker Elizabeth Datino scored on a second-chance crease roll with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Aggies to a 15-14 upset of 14th-ranked Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest at Aggie Stadium Thursday night.
UCD finished its season at 6-9 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Thursday’s win marks the Aggies’ first win over the Cardinals (10-5, 5-2) since a 16-13 home victory on April 2, 2000, ending a streak of 19 straight losses in the series. It also represents the first time UCD has ever defeated a team ranked in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I Top 20.
Datino led the Aggies with five goals, junior Carly Voris tallied a career-high four and senior Hannah Mirza, sophomore Elizabeth Landry and sophomore Meghan Jordan each added two scores. Landry also recorded four assists for six total points, while Jordan chipped in another three.
UCD sophomore goalkeeper Kai Murphy recorded 11 saves.
While this season comes to an end, Aggie coach Kate Henwood has high hopes for the future as the program announced the signings of two new players to national letters of intent this week.
Natalie Dowd, who prepped at St. Francis, and Pauline Kaplan (Danbury High in Connecticut) are expected to enroll at UCD next fall.
Dowd earned All-Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference honorable mention as a junior, posting 134 saves and a .484 save percentage for the 10-5 Troubadours. As a sophomore, she finished with 118 saves and a 7.6 goals-against average. Dowd, the school’s student body president and 2011-12 class president, also earned U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic honors.
Dowd was in town on Tuesday night as SFHS took on Davis High at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.
“Natalie is a local goalie who will add another dimension to our goalkeeper rotation,” Henwood said. “She makes her presence known with her vocal and aggressive style outside of the crease. Natalie should be a contender for playing time in her rookie year, and have a breakout career between the pipes here at UC Davis.”
Kaplan is a defender-turned-midfielder who has twice earned All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference distinction.
Five Aggie gymnasts — senior Michelle Ho, junior Madeline Kennedy, junior Anna Shumaker, sophomore Lisa Wiktorski and senior Katie Yamamura — were selected to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s All-Academic team on Thursday.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have at least sophomore academic standing, have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season and have competed in a minimum of 50 percent of the team’s competitions during that year.
A total of 16 MPSF gymnasts won All-Academic accolades, with Yamamaura and UAA’s Emily Petersen tying for the highest GPA at 3.93.
This is the maximum third such award for both Ho and Yamamura. Kennedy repeats her award from 2012, while Shumaker and Wiktorski each picked up their first.
Yolo Post 77
The Yolo Post 77 American Legion baseball team will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at Clark Field in Woodland.
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994 are eligible to compete.
Those players who are still competing in the high school playoffs should try to attend at least one of the two days to sign up, but will not be required to tryout until their prep season is complete.
For more information, contact head coach Matt Castles at 530-304-4885 or general manager Frank Eakle 530-666-3797. Information also is available at www.eteamz.com/yolopost77.
Field hockey clinic
Looking for a fun, fast-paced new sport? Join members of the undefeated 2012 Eastern Athletic League Champion Davis High field hockey team for a clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium at DHS.
This clinic is for players ages 11 and older. A stick will be provided, but individuals need to wear tennis or turf shoes and shin guards.
For more information, email email@example.com.