It was chilly in the Monterey Trail High gym Thursday night.
The cold came as the Davis High girls volleyball team served up a dish of revenge, beating the Mustangs in five games a little more than three weeks after MTHS handed the Blue Devils their first Delta Valley Conference loss.
The two teams are now 7-2 in league play, with DHS’ season finale — at home against 8-1 Elk Grove — looming on Tuesday (6 p.m.). The Thundering Herd is the only other DVC squad to defeat the Devils in 2013 and, if Thursday’s match is any indication, Davis is in the revenge business.
“We spent a lot of time working specifically on beating (Monterey Trail) and the girls responded (Tuesday),” a beaming Devil coach Julie Crawford said Thursday night. “We showed a lot of heart.
“We played great defense and that helped us playing a faster pace, which I think took Monterey Trail off guard.”
But it didn’t come easy for the locals, who won the first game 25-23, before dropping the next two, 18-25, 20-25. Using some incredible individual performances — junior Maya Gilardi had 22 kills and 22 digs, while senior Zoe Hunt-Murray added 20 of each — the Blue Devils captured the final two sets, 25-18, 17-15.
Other DHS standouts included defensive studs Kimmy Siu (22 digs) and Mackenzie Harrison (18), freshman setter Samantha Moore, who posted 54 assists, and emerging junior Irene Rutazihana (12 kills).
“Irene had a really great game. She’s really starting to have confidence out there on the court,” Crawford said. “She’s developed into a go-to hitter for us.”
Senior Devon Damelio, junior Valerie Brain and junior Mary Schroeder each recorded 12 kills to help the Aggies hit a season-best .377 in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of UC Riverside in a Big West Conference match on Thursday night at The Pavilion.
Schroeder, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, committed just two errors on a team-leading 30 swings to finish at .333, Brain committed just one error to hit .423 on the night and Damelio posted a 12-4-25 night to hit .320. Senior setter Jenny Woolway added 43 assists and a match-high 14 digs for UCD (13-9, 5-4).
Sophomore Jillian Johnson provided a big boost for the Aggies as the reserve middle, who had seen action in just two sets prior to Thursday night, hit 5-for-9 with five block assists in her first collegiate start.
UCD women’s soccer
The Aggies stuck right with the Big West Conference’s top team for most of Thursday’s match, but Cal Poly struck for a late goal to pull out a 1-0 victory at Aggie Stadium.
Less than 20 seconds into the game, the Mustangs (11-7, 7-1-0) generated their first and most dangerous scoring opportunity until the winning play, when a shot from Elise Krieghoff was blocked by UCD goalkeeper Taylor Jern (five saves) on an early one-on-one opportunity.
The Aggies (5-9-3, 2-4-1) nearly jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Lexi Poppoff weaved her way through several defenders before firing one of her team-high three shots just wide of the far post.
Krieghoff, the nation’s leading scorer, eventually netted her 21st goal of the season with just over five minutes left in the game.
UCD is back in action on Sunday, when it hosts UC Santa Barbara for Senior Day (2 p.m.) at Aggie Stadium.
UCD men’s golf
Matt Hansen carded five birdies during his round of 3-under 68 and three other Aggies are in the top 20 to help UCD into a second-place tie after the first day of the SCVB Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club on Thursday.
Individually, Hansen was tied for second, while Aggies Mike Brockington, Luke Vivolo and Ben Corfee, from El Macero, each shot 72s and were tied for 18th. Jonny Baxter was only one shot back of that trio after his first-round 73. He was tied for 30th.
UCD, which is ranked 50th by Golfweek and 61st by Golfstat, shot an even-par 284 on Thursday and trailed No. 45 BYU by just seven shots with two rounds remaining in the tournament.
Second-round action was set to get underway at 8 a.m. today.
UCD track and field
Rahn Sheffield, who led a large number of San Diego State athletes to All-America honors during his 23-year tenure with the Aztecs program, has been named an Aggie assistant coach, who will focus on sprints and hurdles.
Sheffield began as an assistant coach at SDSU in 1984 and then was elevated to head coach in 1991. He retired from the position in 2008 after achieving tremendous success, which included 78 Aztecs qualifying for the NCAA Championships, 19 earning All-America honors and three capturing individual national championships.
Additionally, nearly 30 of his athletes competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials and four advanced to the Olympics.
Registration for Davis Lacrosse Association spring teams is open now and will close on Nov. 30.
Spots are available for boys and girls squads of multiple ages, but teams sizes are limited so early registration is encouraged. Practices begin in February and games will be played from March through May.
Registration costs $285-$425 per player and athletes must obtain their own equipment and sign up for U.S. Lacrosse, a $25 annual fee. Scholarship assistance is available.
For more information or to register, visit www.davislax.org.