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UCD roundup: Aggies spike Cal Poly despite Pon’s powerful play

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From page B8 | October 14, 2012 |

UCD's Jenny Woolway sets up a teammate during the Aggies' three-game sweep of Cal Poly on Saturday. At right is Mustangs' standout Molly Pon, a DHS grad. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Junior outside hitter Devon Damelio tallied 12 kills with a .333 hitting average, while sophomores Victoria Lee and Valerie Brain each added nine kills to lead UC Davis to a 25-21, 25-11, 25-20 sweep of Cal Poly in Big West Conference women’s volleyball action at The Pavilion on Saturday night.

After a loss to UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Saturday’s win put the Aggies at 10-10 overall and 4-3 in conference matches. The Mustangs, who are led by Davis High graduate Molly Pon, fell to 1-18 overall and 0-7 in Big West play.

On Saturday, the Aggie had 11 blocks with sophomore middle Katie Quinn leading the way with seven.

Pon tallied eight kills on 28 attempts for Cal Poly, but the Mustangs hit just .073 for the night, compared to UCD’s .290 average.

After going down easily in the second game, Pon and the Mustangs started off strong in game No. 3, getting out to a 9-5 lead. They couldn’t hold on, however, and the Aggies eventually closed the door.

On Friday, Damelio tallied 12 kills, 14 digs and four blocks but the Gauchos defeated UCD 25-21, 20-25, 25-11, 25-23.

Brain added 11 kills on 31 swings, while senior Allison Whitson posted 13 kills with 12 digs in the loss.

UCD men’s water polo

Sophomore Trevor Allen, a Davis High graduate, scored a career-high four goals on Saturday, but the 17th-ranked Aggies were unable to overcome an early deficit in falling 15-11 to No. 13 Air Force in a Western Water Polo Association game at the Cadet Natatorium.

The contest should determine the two teams’ relative seeding at the conference championship in November, as Air Force (8-6, 7-2) claimed a neutral-site win over UCD (11-10, 10-3) earlier in the season.

Besides Allen’s scoring, sophomore Teddy Nicholson — another former Blue Devil — added two goals, while Jared Chapham, Colin Hicks, Anders MacCarthy, Bernie Rogers and DHS grad Hank Dickey each chipped in one for the Aggies. Junior goalkeeper Tony Dito posted seven saves.

Junior and Max Reilly — yet another former Devil — netted a hat trick for the Falcons.

The AFA never trailed in the contest, and after Allen hit his first goal to make it 4-3 with 5:26 left in the second period, the Falcons scored five of the next six in crafting a 9-4 halftime lead.

Allen and Dickey each scored in the final minutes to bring UCD to within three, but the Aggies never got any closer.

UCD cross country

Junior Sarah Sumpter finished 12th overall, clocking in at 20:15.0, to highlight the Aggies’ 10th-place performance on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Pre-Nationals at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville.

With 320 points, UCD finished ahead of several strong teams, including Kentucky, which is receiving votes in the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association poll.

Sumpter was the Aggies’ top finisher in a 6K race that featured 265 competitors and was followed by Alycia Cridebring, who was 29th overall in a time of 20:42.8.

Katie Fry was UCD’s third scorer, coming in 68th at 21:15.9, while Lauren Wallace (104th), freshman Christine Hoffman (107th), Raquel Lambdin (144) and Kristine Lozoya (168) rounded out the Aggie scoring.

UCD now turns its attention to the Big West Conference Championships on Oct. 27 in Riverside.

UCD women’s soccer

The Aggies kept No. 22 Long Beach State scoreless for nearly 80 minutes on Friday, but the 49ers picked up a late goal from Eileen Maes and then held on to win 1-0 in a Big West match at Aggie Soccer Field.

The Aggies (7-6-1, 2-2) outshot LBSU, 14-13, and matched them with five shots on goal, but the 49ers (10-5, 3-2) got the game’s only goal in the 78th minute.

UCD tried to rally late in the game, getting a shot on goal from Taylor Duffner, but it was saved by Marrina Meyers. Hannah Hicks got a shot about a minute later that went high, while the Aggies’ best chance came from Julia Shockley, whose long shot hit the crossbar in the 90th minute.

“Our sport is all about finishing your chances,” said UCD coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We had fantastic chances — we had the best chances in the game — and yet it comes down to who finishes. They had one and they finished it. We had a bunch, and we didn’t. So we walk away hungry.”

Aggie goalkeeper Taylor Jern had four saves, including stopping a point-blank shot by Maes early in the second half by sliding for the stop.

UCD is back in action on Sunday, hosting UC Irvine at 1 p.m.

UCD field hockey

Aggies Cloey LemMon and Jamie Garcia each scored goals and had assists in the first half of Friday’s game at Towson University, but the Tigers rallied late and upended UCD, 3-2, in overtime.

Kasie Nurko scored in the third minute of overtime to win the game for Towson (1-13), after the Tigers tied it late in regulation.

The Aggies (6-8) jumped out of the gates early, scoring a pair of goals less than 90 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the contest. LemMon tallied first, in the fourth minute, tipping in a ball from the near post off the stick of Garcia.

LemMon returned the favor in the fifth minute, teaming with Kelly Dudek to set up Garcia off a penalty corner to make it 2-0. It was Garcia’s fourth goal of the season. Towson outshot UCD, 8-6, in the first half and put four of them on goal, which were each saved by Aggie goalie Danielle Herrington.

The Aggies continued to hold the lead until the 54th minute when Towson cut its deficit in half on a goal from Heather Jenney.

Herrington made two saves the rest of the way to keep UCD in control, until the Tigers tied it in the 68th minute on Kelsey Fielder’s penalty stroke goal. Herrington finished with seven saves in the loss.

Descalso’s big hit

Former Aggie standout Daniel Descalso provided the heroics for St. Louis on Friday, delivering a game-tying, two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cardinals battled back to beat the Washington Nationals, 9-7, in decisive Game 5 of their National League Division Series.

Descalso, who was drafted in third round of the 2007 MLB Draft after starring for UCD, finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored as the defending world champions battled back from an early six-run deficit. Besides his key single, which bounced off the glove of Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, Descalso doubled in the fifth inning and homered to lead off the eighth.

But it was his sharp single that bounded into center field that was the biggest hit of the game as St. Louis scored four times in the ninth to turn a 7-5 deficit into a 9-7 victory.

“We knew we had a lot of game left after they scored six. Nobody went up there trying to hit a six-run homer,” Descalso told The Associated Press after the game. “We needed to scratch and claw and get ourselves back in the game.”

During the postgame highlights on ESPN’s “Sportscenter,” Descalso repeatedly was referred to as “the pride of UC Davis.”

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