Water Polo Hosts Familiar Foes At Davis Challenge

Sophomore Keelia Houston leads UC Davis with seven assists in six games this season.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 12, 2013

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Saturday, Feb. 16 - CAL LUTHERAN, 8 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 - CSU BAKERSFIELD, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 - PACIFIC, 1:15 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 - SONOMA STATE, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9 - STANFORD (L, 4-15)

TO RECAP: UC Davis took on top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Stanford for the second time in less than a week, falling by a 15-4 final... Senior Jessica Dunn scored her 23rd career hat trick against the Cardinal, hitting a pair of 6-on-5 goals plus a five-meter penalty shot (thanks to Hannah Curran)... Senior goalkeeper Riane Woods posted four steals in 30 minutes, bringing her team-leading season total to 10... Dunn has averaged a whopping 24.8 minutes through six games, tops among Aggie field players... Senior Carmen Eggert has averaged 23.2, while both Keelia Houston (22.5) and Erin Schlueter (20.6) have earned more than 20 minutes of tank time in the early weeks... Of course, some of these averages can be attributed to the tough schedule, as head coach Jamey Wright has not reached as deep into his bench against Top 10 opponents.

UP NEXT: The Aggies host the first of two home tournaments, namely the Davis Challenge... The two-day tournament features Cal Lutheran and CSU Bakersfield in Saturday's round-robin, followed by CLU, Pacific and Sonoma State on Sunday... A "results central" page is now available on the UC Davis Athletics website at: www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-wpolo/spec-rel/13-davis-challenge.html



ATTENTION ALUMS: Besides the Alumnae Game on Saturday morning, UC Davis women's water polo will hold a wine tasting social at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science that evening from 5-7 p.m.... Those planning to attend must RSVP to assistant coach Kandace Waldthaler (Email here)... The RMI is located at 392 Old Davis Road, immediately west of the Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

CAL LUTHERAN (0-1), ranked 5th in Division III, opened its 2013 season with an 18-3 loss at No. 3 UCLA... Sophomore center Jordan Card scored two goals against the Bruins... The Regals return honorable mention All-American Morgan McCardell, who posted 31 goals, a team-high 28 assists and 41 steals last season... CSU BAKERSFIELD (3-8) split its four games at the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego, posting wins over Sonoma State and Cal State East Bay... Freshman Nicola Barrett and junior Taylor Hanson each netted six goals in the tournament...

SONOMA STATE (3-8) went winless at the Triton Invite but finished with a valiant effort against No. 17 Hartwick, falling 12-9... Freshman Noelle Herrera scored five goals in the tourney opener against No. 6 UC Irvine... Note: any SSU-CSUB contest for the next two seasons will match up sisters Nicole (Sonoma) and Jessica (CSUB) Browning... No. 16 PACIFIC (6-2) extended its win streak to six, taking down Cal State East Bay, Azusa Pacific and Hartwick at its own Pacific Invitational on February 2... Junior GK Michele Relton compiled 38 saves in the tournament, bringing her career total to a school-record 717... Junior Rebecca Wright scored seven goals in the three wins... Relton and Wright are two of four Tigers who hail from Canada, while leading scorer Brydie Pye calls Lower Hutt, New Zealand her home.

"Last week, I thought what's tough is that we could actually play better on Saturday than we did the past Sunday and the score could be worse. So if you're not at the game, the only thing you'd have to analyze it is the score. It was that type of game. I thought we did better offensively and on our 6-on-5s. We forced them to play defense. Defensively, we made them score from the outside. I felt like we forced them to shoot the ball. Of course, the problem is that by forcing them to shoot from the outside, there's [Maggie] Steffens, who scores her first goal on a rocket, bar-down. Kevin Durant was the basketball team's leading scorer at the Olympics. Steffens is to water polo what Durant is to men's basketball, and sadly, we have to play her multiple times in a season."

On the Davis Challenge: "These are all really good opponents who, if we don't take care of business, can make us go 2-2 or 1-3 for the weekend. Our goal is to go 4-0 but we have to take this one game at a time because they all present different challenges. I want to feel more comfortable about changing our extra-man. We went to a 3-3. It's like starting in a shotgun in football. It's a different way to start your 6-on-5. You're more spaced out and you can move from there. I felt more comfortable with it in practice last week and in Saturday's game, nothwithstanding how good Stanford is. So I want to feel better about our 6-on-5 offense and our counterattack. I thought we created some good opportunities against Stanford, and I want to continue working on that."