2018 Triton Invitational Tournament Page
DAVIS, Calif. -- The UC Davis women's water polo team came off last weekend 2-2 in tournament play at the Stanford Invitational, winning their two games against No. 17 San Jose State and then-ranked No. 10 Long Beach State, while losing to No. 9 Michigan and No. 2 Cal. The now No. 10 ranked Aggies are scheduled to make a trip down to Southern California this weekend to participate in the Triton Invitational, a two-day event hosted by UC San Diego starting on Saturday (Feb. 10). UC Davis will start their tournament run at noon with a game against No. 19(t) Loyola Marymount at the Triton Pool.
Looking back on what took place at the Stanford Invitational, UC Davis followed a similar pattern of losing the first game, but winning their second. On the first day, the Aggies lost to No. 9 Michigan, 14-9, but ended with a victory over No. 17 San Jose State, 12-8. On the following day, UC Davis lost to No. 2(t) Cal with another 14-9 finish, but returned to the pool to finalize their competition play with a last-minute upset win against now No. 11 Long Beach State, 8-9.
Highlighting on the Aggie game wins, senior utility Paige Virgil scored a hat trick in the matchup against San Jose State by getting a total four goals, two of which were scored at or close to the end of the first two quarters, while in the game against Long Beach State, both teams reached an 8-8 tie at the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter; however, with only eight seconds left in the game, junior utility Annie Kutt found an opportunity to score a goal for the Aggies, breaking the tie to secure their 9-8 victory over the 49ers.
"The game against Long Beach State could have gone either way, and it's important to realize that the ending could have gone the other way." Said Head Coach Jamey Wright. "Although we finished on a high note, we have to learn how to do that sort of aggressive play throughout the entire game."
Wright continued, "As most weekends have been for us so far in the season, it's a mixed bag. The two losses against Michigan and Cal were mainly about a lack of consistency because we had a lot of great plays throughout those games, but unfortunately those great things didn't happen in all four quarters."
The UC Davis women's water polo head coach concluded his thoughts by saying, "One of our strengths this year is our speed, swimming ability, and counterattacking ability," said Wright, "but if both our offense and defense are not up to the task starting in the first quarter, then it just becomes more difficult for us to maintain a stable position and competitive edge against our opponents."
The Triton Invitational's first two games are between No. 4 UCLA and RV Iona, which will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Triton Pool, while No. 2(t) USC and Sonoma State will start their matchup at the Canyonview Pool at 8:30 a.m. The No. 10 Aggies are scheduled to play in the fourth game taking place at the Triton Pool, where they will meet with No. 19(t) Loyola Marymount, currently holding a 4-7 overall record, starting at noon.
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