Competing at the talent-laden Monte Vista Invitational on Friday, the Davis High boys tennis team defeated Gunn, 6-1, before falling to the host Mustangs by the same score.
In getting past Gunn, the Blue Devils swept the four singles matches in straight sets. Dan Segedin dominated Alex Mattys, 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot and victories by No. 2 Tris Dutta (6-1, 7-6), No. 3 Chase Kellison (6-2, 6-2) and No. 4 David Wong (6-4, 6-2) followed.
Bob Li and Jaspar Murphy had the most competitive match of the day at No. 2 doubles, going the distance to beat Eric Noh and Jack Chua-Gozani, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. Victor Li and Louis Pak teamed up for DHS’ other doubles win, a 6-1, 6-4 decision at No. 1.
Against Monte Vista, the Devils took their opponents into a third set in four losses — two in singles and two in doubles — but Murphy and James Cole joined forces for the only Davis win at No. 3 doubles. They topped Josh Hertz and Connor Dowling, 6-3, 7-6 (7).
Scott Lucio and Bob Li came closest to getting the Blue Devils’ second victory when they pushed Maverick Douglas and Collin Wong in a 6-7, 6-4, 10-8 match at No. 2 doubles.
A day after exploding for a season-high 18 hits in a 7-5 win over Long Beach State on Friday, the Aggies got just two in a 2-0 Saturday loss at Dobbins Stadium.
In Friday’s victory, UCD (15-16, 2-6 Big West Conference) saw eight of its nine starters get hits against the 49ers (16-17, 3-2), including three apiece from Steven Patterson, Nick Lynch and Spencer Brann.
Junior right-hander Raul Jacobson (3-0) earned the win with 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief, walking one and striking out one, before giving way for the ninth to freshman closer Zach Stone, who nailed down his eighth save of the year with some help from his defense. The Aggies ended the game with a nifty 5-4-3 double play.
Down 5-4 at that point, UCD won the game with three runs in the sixth inning.
Austin March led-off with a single and moved to third on Patterson’s double down the left field line. One batter later, Lynch followed with a single deep in the hole at shortstop to score plate March with the tying run. After another out, Patterson came home on a wild pitch and Brann doubled in Lynch.
The two teams will decided the series with a 1 p.m. matchup Sunday at Dobbins Stadium.
The Aggies took full advantage of Cal Poly’s fifth-inning miscues to win the first game, then got a huge offensive performance from Chandler Wagner in the nightcap to sweep a Big West doubleheader — both by 3-2 scores — in San Luis Obispo on Saturday.
UCD (14-24, 3-5) has won six straight games against the Mustangs (21-15, 3-4).
Wagner was 3-for-3 and drove in all three of the Aggie runs to make a winner out of San Luis Obispo High graduate Andrea Reynolds, who also got the save in Game 1.
In that contest, UCD broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth when Cat Guidry reached base on a error. A sacrifice bunt from Krista Bava and a groundout to the shortstop by Christa Castello allowed Guidry to advance to third. She scored from there on another error.
Next up for the Aggies is a doubleheader Friday (noon) against UC Santa Barbara, during which UCD will host the third annual Team Sammie Bunny Drive.
Fans from either team are encouraged to donate a new bunny, or stuffed animal, at the entrance of La Rue Field.
Before passing at the age of 12 to Osteosarcoma, Samantha “Sammie” Hartsfield bravely battled the cancer for nearly three years. Created when she noticed that local hospitals ran out of comforting plush toys after the holiday season, Sammie’s Bunny Drive is intended to bring a smile to children like herself, in the form of a cuddly stuffed animal friend.
For additional information or to contribute to Sammie’s Bunny Drive, contact a Team Sammie coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/SammiesBunnyDrive.
UCD men’s tennis
The Aggies concluded the Big West regular season with their first two-match losing streak since the beginning of February, dropping a contest on Friday at UC Santa Barbara (5-2) and a 4-3 thriller on Saturday at Cal Poly.
Against the Mustangs, UCD (13-10, 2-3) lost the doubles point, which proved to be the difference as the two teams split the six singles matches. All six of those singles outings went three sets.
The Aggies got comeback wins from freshman James Wade — a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 — and sophomore Brett Bacharach, who defeated Corey Pang, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Freshman Bryce McKelvie, who also had one of UCD’s two singles victories on Friday, followed with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 6.
On Friday, senior Kyle Miller had the Aggies’ other singles triumph.
UCD women’s tennis
Megan Heneghan recorded an individual sweep for the Aggies and Kamila Kecki earned a straight-set decision in Friday’s nonconference match at Hawaii Pacific, but the Sea Warriors took the other four singles matchups and added the doubles point to defeat UCD, 5-2.
UCD fell to 12-8 and was 4-3 in the Big West Conference entering Saturday’s league final against Hawaii.
UCD track & field
Senior Nathan Strum won the prestigious 1-mile race at the Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State, as the Aggie men’s and women’s track and field teams combined for three first-place finishes on Saturday.
Brandon Greenberg captured the shot put while Samantha Eilert did the same in the pole vault.
Nearer to home, DHS graduate Trevor Halsted won the men’s 1,500 at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge at Sacramento State and Praise Adesida finished first in the women’s shot put.
Strum, who is No. 3 all-time in the 800 and No. 4 in the 1,500 at UCD, faced an elite field of runners in the premiere mile race. He battled Ryan Herson of Arizona State (4:02.09) and Reid Buchanan of Kansas (4:03.27) before winning the race in an impressive 4:01.39.
Halsted helped headline the Aggies’ performances at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge, capturing the 1,500 in 3:49.51.
On Friday night at that meet, UCD freshman Hannah Kirkegaard won the 5,000 meters. Kirkegaard was hand-timed in 17:25.8, winning the race by nearly 30 seconds.
UCD women’s water polo
A pair of Davis High graduates had big games in the Aggies’ 13-4 win over Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday as sophomore Hailey Wright posted her first hat trick and sophomore goalkeeper Haley Cameron had nine second-half saves.
Centers Hannah Curran and Allyson Hansen each added three goals for No. 16 UCD (12-15), which snapped a five-game skid in the neutral-set contest at Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
Wright, a reserve defender, scored on a counterattack for her team’s lone tally in the second quarter, then added a power-play goal and a natural goal in the third for her career-high offensive output. Curran and Hansen each had two goals in the first quarter and another in the third. Another center, freshman Carla Tocchini, buried two goals as part of the Aggies’ six-goal onslaught in the third frame.
Two more former Blue Devils, junior defender Elsie Fullerton and junior attacker Keelia Houston, each scored once for UCD.