No. 11 UC Davis gears up for Stanford Invitational

Feb. 1, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — Coming off last weekend from a win over No. 22 Fresno State, and a loss over No. 2 California, the No. 11 UC Davis women’s water polo team heads to Palo Alto, Calif., to participate in the Stanford Invitational, a two-day tournament starting on Saturday (Feb. 3), which will be hosted by No. 1 Stanford. The Aggies will start off the first day of the tournament going against Michigan at 12:15 p.m. at the Avery Stadium, followed by San Jose State at 5:45 p.m., at the Belardi Pool. For the second day of the tournament, UC Davis will start their morning with a game at the Avery Stadium against Cal at 9:40 a.m.

To recap on the action that took place at the California Cup last Saturday, UC Davis lost their first game against the Golden Bears, 15-6, but won their afternoon game against the Bulldogs, 19-10. Going into this weekend’s Stanford Invitational, the Aggies hold a 2-2 win-loss record.

Despite the losses UC Davis had so far in this season going against Stanford and Cal, Head Coach Jamey Wright sees these games as opportunities to increase the team’s competitiveness prior to the conference championships.

“Our conference is challenging, so we need to play these tough games against Cal and Stanford in order to learn the physicality of true competitive play," said Wright. "That way, we can go into each future game prepared and unintimidated.”

Highlighting on the Aggies’ victory game against Fresno State, 10 Aggies contributed to the 19-10 lead over the Bulldogs. In the first quarter alone, five different players scored, while sophomore Caitlin Golding tailed up a total of 10 saves.

The Stanford Invitational begins at 8:30 a.m. with an exhibition game between Stanford and China’s national team. UC Davis is scheduled to play the fourth match at the Avery Stadium, and the second match at the Belardi Pool to round out their Saturday. On Sunday, the Aggies will play after the Stanford and Long Beach State matchup at the Avery Stadium.

THIS WEEKEND’S OPPONENTS: The Wolverines, the only team this weekend the Aggies have not played a game against this season, currently carry a 5-4 overall record. Leading their scoreboard in goals are sophomore utility Maddy Steere and junior defender Kim Johnson with 17 and 15 goals, respectively. The Golden Bears remain undefeated with a 6-0 record going into this weekend. Cal’s. senior attacker Dora Antal, who was this week’s MPSF Player of the Week, now leads their scoreboard with 19 goals, where 15 of those were scored at last weekend over the span of three games. The Spartans hold a 2-3 record so far in the season after a win against No. 22 Fresno State, 6-5, and a loss against No. 1 Stanford, 15-4.

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