BATON ROUGE, La. —The UC Davis volleyball team pushed a San Diego State squad that received votes in the national preseason poll to five sets on Friday, but ended up dropping that match and two others at the Tiger Classic last weekend at LSU’s Maravich Center.
Against the Aztecs, sophomore middle blocker Kaylin Squyres — who missed most of last season with an injury — tallied a team-leading 13 kills while freshmen Kendall Frisoli and Allie Wegener combined for 21 digs, but UCD lost 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-5.
Senior Devon Damelio added 11 kills with six blocks on the right side with junior middle blocker Victoria Lee adding seven kills, a .300 hitting average and six blocks.
In Saturday’s matches Squyres combined for 37 kills in eight sets and Damelio recorded a pair of double-doubles. Still, the Aggies fell to 0-3 by losing to host LSU (31-29, 19-25, 25-27, 23-25) and UTSA (21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25).
Squyres’ 24 kills against LSU were most by an Aggie in a four-set match since 2008.
UCD field hockey
Redshirt freshman forward Danielle Koehne scored 10 minutes into Friday’s nonconference match against Missouri State, and again 10 minutes into the second half to help the Aggies post a 4-0 shutout in their season opener at Aggie Stadium.
For the fourth time in its five-year history, UCD starts its season with a 1-0 record.
A heads-up play by Koehne just a couple of yards in front of Bears goalkeeper Andrea Bain helped the Aggies take an early 1-0 lead when she scooped up a loose ball and fired it towards the net.
UCD’s next goal came 111 minutes later when senior midfielder Cloey LemMon tallied off an assist from Jamie Garcia.
After halftime, Koehne made it 3-0 on a penalty corner, one of 14 the Aggies earned on the day. Junior midfielder Megan Reardon and sophomore midfielder Hannah Drawbrige had assists.
Later, sophomore forward Stephie Sabraw capped the local scoring on a one-timer from Garcia.
On the other side of the field, Aggie midfielders and defenders did an outstanding job of protecting its netminder as Danielle Herrington was forced to make only one save to record her second career shutout.
For Missouri State, who fell to 0-1, Davis High graduate Brynne Satre started and played most of the game.
UCD men’s soccer
The Aggies outshot the host Pilots, 14-13, on Friday in the first match of the University of Portland tournament, but it wasn’t enough as UCD dropped its season opener, 1-0, at Merlo Field.
A tally by Pilots midfielder Thomas Iwasaki in the 35th minute was the game’s lone goal.
Senior midfielder Alex Aguiar led all Aggies with five shots, two of which forced Portland goalkeeper Justin Baarts to make saves. Meanwhile, UCD senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni turned away four.
The Aggies take on Oregon State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the same field.
UCD women’s soccer
Playing at Pacific, the Aggies fell behind early and couldn’t find the equalizer in a 1-0 loss to Iowa on Friday.
Goalie Taylor Jern had four saves for UCD (1-1), but Cloe Lacasse managed to slip one in for the Hawkeyes (3-1) in the 25th minutes.
Fighting furiously to come back, the Aggies had five shots in the game’s last 24 minutes and earned three corner kicks in the final 10 minutes.
“We had a couple great opportunities early on that we couldn’t convert,” said UCD coach Maryclaire Robinson. “I wish we got those back. We had excellent work rate and applied good pressure to create a few quality chances in the second half as well. It was a super game to be apart of with a tough result.”
Four different players had shots on goal for the Aggies, paced by Ashley Edwards with four. UCD is back home Sunday to host Drake at 11 a.m.
UCD cross country
Aggie sophomore Brandon Pugh and junior Trevor Halsted claimed the top two places in the men’s 6K race, UCD seniors Alycia Cridebring and Sarah Sumpter followed suit in the women’s 4K, leading the local squads to wins over Sacramento State at the Aggie Open on Friday evening at the Putah Creek Reserve.
The UCD men were just two points from a perfect score, topping the Hornets 17-44. On the women’s side, the Aggies claimed a 21-38 victory.
“More than anything, it’s just good to have something competitive under our belts after waiting all summer,” said UCD head coach Drew Wartenburg. “In the last week and a half, almost two weeks now, we’ve been coming out and working as a unit. It’s good to run against some bodies from a different school. More than anything, it’s good to look at where people are going to put themselves in the competitive mix, and get a read on where the fitness is.”
Pugh and Halsted, a DHS graduate, crossed almost neck and neck at the 18:22 mark to lead a 1-2-3-4 Aggie sweep in the first race of the night. Sophomore Jordon Rushing was third at 18:35 and senior Grayson Hough, another former Blue Devil, place fourth at 18:35.
In the women’s race, Cridebring, Sumpter and Sac State senior Rachel Mitchell formed a lead pack for most of the race. Cridebring crossed in front at 13:50 with Sumpter just a second behind. Mitchell took third, while UCD sophomore Anna Welsh scored fourth-place points for the Aggies. Freshman Hannah Kirkegaard (sixth) completed UCD’s scoring, while DHS grad Hilary Teaford finished ninth.
The fall session of the Davis Water Polo Club’s masters players begins Tuesday and runs through Oct. 31. The nine sessions will run from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Schaal Aquatic Center at UC Davis.
Master players are men and women over the age of 18. Previous playing experience is not required.
The fee is $40. Players must be members of USA Water Polo.
For more information, email coach Kandace Waldthaler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark Braly at 530-758-1463.