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UCD roundup: Aggie men drop a tennis match by a slim margin

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UCD freshman James Wade reaches for a shot in Saturday's home match against San Francisco. The Dons edged the Aggies, 4-3. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

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From page B3 | February 02, 2014 |

In a dual match that came down to the final singles contest of the day, San Francisco’s Rich Van Hout outlasted UC Davis’ Parker Kelly in three sets to give the visiting Dons a narrow, 4-3, nonconference men’s tennis win over the Aggies on Saturday afternoon at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.

Van Hout won 10-6 in a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Kelley, 5-6, 6-1, 6-5, and give San Francisco (1-1) the victory after the Aggies (0-3) had rallied for wins at the No. 2 and No. 6 positions to tie the match at three-all.

With their team trailing 3-1 after USF had clinched the doubles point and posted singles wins at No. 1 and No. 3, UCD freshman Alec Adamson put away the Nils Skajaa, 6-3, 6-3, and Bryce McKelvie, another Aggie freshman, topped Thomas Takemoto, 6-3, 6-1.

Earlier, sophomore Brett Bacharach scored UCD’s other point with a 6-4, 6-4 singles victory over Christian Brockstedt.

For Bacharach, it was his team-leading 12th singles win of the season, improving to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in dual matches In addition, Adamson became the third Aggie to reach double-digit singles victories with his 10th of the year, improving to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in duals.

UCD gets right back on the court, hosting Loyola Marymount on Sunday at 11 a.m.

UCD women’s tennis

Facing No. 48 San Diego State, its second ranked opponent in as many weeks, UCD got singles wins from Tiffany Pham and Kamila Kecki on Saturday at the Aztec Tennis Center in San Diego, but the Aztecs held on for a 5-2 victory.

As was the case last weekend, the Aggies (1-2) will return to action less than 24 hours later as they face UC San Diego on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Competing at No. 6, Kecki captured the first dual singles win of her UCD career, downing SDSU’s Olivia Larsson. After gutting out a 7-6 first set victory by blanking Larsson 7-0 in a tiebreaker, Kecki dropped the second set, 6-3, before bouncing back to take the third frame, 10-7.

Coming off a week where her singles triumph was the difference in the Aggies’ 4-3 victory at Pacific, Pham continued her stellar singles play at San Diego State. The former Laguna Creek star took the last two sets to record a come-from-behind win over Aztec No. 5 Hailey Johnson, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-4.

However, by taking all three doubles matchups by 6-4 scores, and earning three singles victories, San Diego State protected its home court.

UCD women’s water polo

Junior Keelia Houston scored a goal in each game, but the 17th-ranked Aggies lost a pair of contests to top-5 opponents on the first day of the Stanford Invitational at Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday.

UCD fell 16-3 to No. 2 Stanford then suffered an 11-4 setback to fellow Big West member UC Irvine, ranked fifth in the nation. The Aggies are now 1-3 on the season.

Houston, a Davis High graduate, joined sophomores Allyson Hansen and Ariel Arcidiacono, and freshman Hannah Harvey among the UCD scorers in the afternoon loss to UCI. Hansen drew first blood three minutes into the opening quarter, but the Anteaters scored the next seven goals before Houston broke the Aggie drought late in the second period.

Overall, UCD shot just 4-for-21.

In Saturday’s early action, Houston, senior Hannah Curran and freshman Carla Tocchini each had one goal against the host Cardinal. Houston scored on a 6-on-5 chance early in the first quarter to tie the contest at 1-1, but Stanford responded with seven unanswered tallies.

The Aggies will take on another Big West mate, No. 6 Hawaii, in a game Sunday.

UCD indoor track and field

Praise Adesida set a school record in the shot put, Alycia Cridebring broke the Aggie mark in the 3,000-meter run and freshman Holly Tokar had an impressive debut in the pole vault, as the UCD women opened the season with a bang at the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor.

In all, eight Aggies set marks that rank them in the top five on the program’s career leaders lists. The meet, hosted by the University of Washington, featured a field of top collegiate and professional competitors.

Sprinter Ashley Marshall led a strong Aggie sprinting effort, finishing second in the 200 (24.72) and third in the finals of the 60 (7.47).

Adesida posted her school-record shot put mark of 48 feet, 10.25 inches on her second throw on Saturday, eventually finishing fifth.

Cridebring later set a school mark of her own, besting UCD alum and Olympian Kim Conley’s record in the 3,000 (9:19.16) when she posted a 10-second PR by finishing eighth in the invitational heat at Washington in 9:16.39. Erika Barr set a new career best in the event, crossing in 9:39.07 to move into fifth in Aggie history.

Another great distance effort came from Raquel Lambdin, who was ninth in the invitational mile, crossing in 4:48.70, the second-fastest time ever at UCD.

Tokar, a freshman from Ventura, cleared 12-6 on her second attempt, coming just a half-inch shy of the school record.

Other athletes cracking the all-time Aggie top five were Cekarri Nixon (55.73, good for No. 2 in the 400), Shanie Landen (2:09.09 for No. 3 in the 800) and Catherine Li (38-2.25 for No. 5 in the triple jump).

Nixon and Landen then capped the meet by teaming with Leslie Reed and Marshall to win the 4×400 relay in 3:46.43, beating BYU and Washington, among others.

UCD women’s gymnastics

Junior Tiana Montell won the individual all-around with a personal-best 39.050 while the Aggie balance beam squad broke the school record for the second straight meet on Friday as UCD totaled a 195.500 to beat Sacramento State (193.575) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual meet at The Pavilion.

Montell was one of four Aggie gymnasts to capture a meet title, as Lisa Wiktorski led a 1-2-3 sweep with her 9.875 on uneven bars, Stephanie Stamates took top honors with her 9.850 on floor and sophomore Dani Judal, who tied the UCD individual beam record on Sunday, won that event with a 9.850.

Judal’s score, along with matching 9.825 marks by Stamates, Regi Solvkjar and Anna Shumaker, helped the Aggies (5-7) deliver a 49.125 team beam tally, surpassing the previous mark of 48.925, set just five days earlier.

Stamates then led UCD to a 48.625 team score on floor to officially push it above the 195-point barrier for just the fourth time in program history. The 195.500 ranks third all-time in Aggie history.

Montell’s all-around score makes her just the third gymnast in school history to pass the 39-point plateau more than once. Former teammate Katie Yamamura did it 10 times while Shumaker hit the milestone for a fourth time in the last meet. Shumaker finished second on Friday at 38.600.

UCD returns to action on Friday in a dual meet at San Jose State (7 p.m.).

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