IRVINE — Senior outside hitter Allison Whitson knocked down 19 kills and hit .302, while setter Jenny Woolway and defensive specialist Kaitlyn Plum each notched 14 digs in leading UC Davis to a 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 sweep of UC Irvine in Big West Conference women’s volleyball action at Crawford Court on Saturday evening.
The Aggies even their overall record to 9-9 and improve to 3-2 in conference matches. The Anteaters slip to 8-11, 3-3.
Whitson committed just six hitting errors on 43 swings en route to her .302 average. Sophomores Victoria Lee and Katie Quinn combined for 11 kills with just one error for a .454 clip in the middle. Junior Devon Damelio added 10 kills with three block assists.
On Friday, Whitson recorded a match-high 20 kills with 16 digs but the Aggies were unable to hold off Long Beach State after the first set, losing 19-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-19.
Whitson’s double-double marked her fourth straight and 11th for the season. Senior libero Caroline Mercado led all players with 20 digs, while Plum added 12 digs with an ace. UCD got 20 combined kills from outside hitters Damelio (11) and Valerie Brain (9). Lee posted a match-leading seven blocks, all in the first two sets.
UCD women’s golf
The Aggie women’s golf team, which has placed second in both of its tournaments this season, moved up to No. 7 in the first Golfstat rankings of the season — its highest placing ever.
UCD was 13th in the early part of last season as the Aggies went on to win their third straight Big West Championship and earn their fourth NCAA West Regional berth.
Arizona holds down the No. 1 position and is followed by Duke, Florida, Purdue, Arizona State, Washington, UCD, USC, Michigan State and Vanderbilt in the top 10.
Aggie Demi Runas, whose 7-under par performance at the Golfweek Conference Challenge last week in Colorado earned her medalist honors for the third time in her career, was named the Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month for September, it was announced on Thursday.
UCD is at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the University of Washington, beginning Monday.
Hugo Verdi-Fortin advanced to Saturday’s Flight B singles quarterfinal to highlight a strong first day of action for the Aggie men’s tennis team.
Verdi-Fortin defeated St. Mary’s Thomas Hunt 6-2, 6-3, then topped Cal’s Stuart Miller in a three-set victory, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
In other Flight B Singles action, senior George Horowicz defeated Sonoma State’s David Hutton 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 before falling 6-4, 6-3 to Stanford’s Maciek Romanowicz. Junior Adam Luba also advanced past his first-round opponent, claiming a 6-0, 6-2 win over San Francisco’s Jason Lee, before being ousted by Stanford’s Trey Lobel, 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16.
Freshman Brett Bacharach won his first-round match, defeating Stanford’s Walker Kehrer 6-3, 7-5 before losing to Santa Clara’s Tom Pham 6-4, 6-3. Alec Haley fell to San Francisco’s Will Schumacher 6-1, 6-3 in other Flight A Singles action.
In doubles, Bacharach and Horowicz defeated Nevada’s Billy Bumgardner and Nicholas Sextion 8-5 to advance to the Flight B doubles quarterfinals.
Alec Haley and Mitch Thorp also won their doubles match against Sonoma State’s Jimmy Manning and Seth Hein.
Verdi-Fortin and Miller dropped an 8-4 decision to St. Mary’s Jesse Kiuru and Joakim Norstrom, while Adam Levie paired with Sherbakov against Stanford’s Jamin Ball and Trey Strobel, the fourth-seeded duo in the tournament. Levie and Sherbakov lost 8-4.
UCD field hockey
STANFORD — The Aggies held No. 14 Stanford to just one goal in the second half but it was too late as the host Cardinal scored four times in the first half for a 5-0 NorPac Conference win on Friday night.
The loss snapped a season-best-tying three-game winning streak for the Aggies, who fell to 6-7 overall and 2-1 in the NorPac. Stanford, which was led by two goals and assist from Becky Dru and two goals from Courtney Haldeman, improved to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in the league.
Stanford outshot UCD 18-3 in the game, putting 11 of its shots on goal. Aggie goalkeeper Conley Craven made three of her six saves in the first eight minutes, but the Cardinal finally pushed through in the 11th minute when Dru scored on a penalty corner off assists by Elise Ogle and Maddie Secco.
Lydia Brambila, Jamie Garcia and Sophia Lisaius each had shots for UC Davis.
UCD will return to action Friday, traveling to Maryland to take on Towson University. The Aggies will face defending national champion Maryland a week from today.
UCD men’s golf
IRVINE — Aggie junior Matt Hansen was selected the Big West Golfer of the Month for September after finishing as the Aggies’ individual medalist in a pair of tournaments, it was announced Thursday by the conference office.
Hansen tied for 11th at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational to open the season and led UCD to a fourth-place finish. Behind his 3-over 219, the Aggies finished ahead of several nationally ranked programs, including No. 7 San Diego State and No. 5 Oregon.
Hansen receives the conference honor for the first time since his freshman season.
UCD men’s soccer
Alex Henry’s indirect free kick found Kevin Schulte on the far end of the penalty box and Schulte put away a goal in the 60th minute to give the Aggies a 1-0 win over UC Riverside on Friday in front of a sold-out crowd at Aggie Soccer Field.
UCD improves to 4-4-4 on the year and 2-1 in Big West Conference play after winning its second straight league game. UC Riverside drops to 8-3, 1-2.
“I thought today was our day,” UCD head coach Dwayne Shaffer said. “I thought the team was outstanding in every aspect. It’s a well-deserved victory. We created numerous scoring opportunities so it’s nice to be on the winning end of a hard-fought game. All season we’ve played really well and today a goal went our way.”
The Aggies took the first five shots of the first half while preventing UC Riverside from generating any offensive attacks. UCD put up 10 shots to five from the Highlanders and forced three first-half saves from UC Riverside goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi.
After a scoreless first half, UCD’s momentum carried into the second period. In the 57th minute, Aggie goalkeeper Omar Zeenni came up with a huge save on Neil Ignacio. On somewhat of a breakaway, Ignacio fired a close-range shot on Zeenni, but the Aggie junior deflected the ball with both hands and it was safely cleared out by his defense.
“Our defense played outstanding and held the shutout,” Shaffer said. “Kevin Schulte had a nice goal against his hometown, and Matt Wiesenfarth was great for us and put a lot of pressure on their defense. Tactically, we played a great game and it showed with the result.”
UC Davis returns to action on Sunday, hosting Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.
UCD women’s soccer
Freshman Sienna Drizin scored the Aggies’ first goal and then notched the game-winner in the 88th minute as UCD downed host Pacific 3-2 in a Big West Conference match on Friday night.
The Aggies, who got the late score after the Tigers evened the game 2-2 in the 83rd minute, improved to 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big West. They also notched their second consecutive win over Pacific. Kiele Argente also scored for UCD.
The Aggies jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute thanks to Drizin’s third goal of the season. She scored it off a pass to the left side of the goal by Bridget Berman.
Pacific, however, equalized the match just under 10 minutes later when the Aggies’ Taylor Jern saved a penalty kick by Maricela Padilla only to have Mattos score from the right side. Less than 20 seconds later, however, UCD went back in front 2-1 after Argente took a penalty kick of her own and was able to put in the rebound off Tashia Long’s save. It was her third of the season.
“It was a fantastic team effort,” said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We had great energy and it was a beautiful night to play. We showed such confidence in getting toward the net after they tied it. Sienna was played through and she beat the keeper to tuck the ball away in the far corner. It was a clutch finish.”
Jern finished with four saves for UCD, which returns to action next Friday against No. 23 Long Beach State at 3 p.m.
UCD men’s water polo
STOCKTON — Sophomores Trevor Allen and Teddy Nicholson scored two goals each for the 17th-ranked Aggies, but UCD was unable to overcome an early deficit, falling 16-7 to No. 6 Pacific in a non-conference game At Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex Friday night.
The Aggies slip to 11-8 for the year.
Both Allen and Nicholson netted goals as part of UCD’s four-goal final quarter. Chris Richardson, Anders MacCarthy and Colin Hicks each had a goal to round out the Aggie offensive output.