Feb. 15, 2010
After taking a weekend off from competition, the 15th-ranked UC Davis women's water polo team returns to action at the Seawolf Splash tournament at Sonoma State this Saturday and Sunday. The Aggies are slated for four games, including Sunday's battle against six-time national champion UCLA.
UC Davis holds a 3-5 record for the year, having faced seven nationally ranked opponents thus far. (The eighth, Pacific, received votes in the February 10 poll.) Most recently, the Aggies placed seventh of 16 teams at UC San Diego's Triton Invitational, posting wins over No. 20 Maryland and No. 18 Cal State Bakersfield.
Although the program veterans have contributed in the young season - senior Casey Hines set a school record with 20 saves against Maryland, for instance - the year has marked the emergence of two key freshmen. Center Carly Ternaksy leads UC Davis with 11 goals, including four each vs. Pacific and Maryland. Attacker Jessica Dunn has been the Aggies' workhorse thus far, logging 189 minutes in the eight contests. She has also provided seven goals, four assists, seven steals and eight drawn exclusions.
Also among the UC Davis statistical leaders are senior Dana Nelsen (9 goals, 6 steals), sophomore Kaylee Miller (8 goals, 4 assists) and sophomore Ariel Feeney (6 goals, 6 steals). Not to be overlooked is sophomore attacker Christina Miyabe who, despite her 5-foot-3 stature, paces the team with 13 drawn kickouts and four field blocks.
UC Davis opens tournament action against SCIAC member Cal Lutheran at 12:45 on Saturday afternoon, then faces host Sonoma State later in the day. The Aggies pick up with No. UCLA on Sunday morning, then finish the weekend against Cal State East Bay that afternoon.
SEAWOLF SPLASH OPPONENT NOTES: SONOMA STATE (1-8) comes off a strong first-half performance against top-ranked Stanford on Saturday... Junior Laurel Stricklin scored four goals to lead the Seawolves, which trailed just 6-5 at the halftime break... Stricklin has accounted for 16 of her team's 40 goals thus far in 2010... UCLA (6-3) christened its new Spieker Aquatics Center with a 9-5 win over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge on Saturday... Megan Burmeister and Priscilla Orozco each had two goals to lead the Bruins, who have lost one-goal games to San Diego State (Jan. 23) and California (Feb. 6)... UCLA rematches with the Golden Bears on Feb. 20 before heading north to Rohnert Park... If UCLA's inclusion at a SSU-hosted tournament seems odd, remember that the Seawolves' head coach is former Bruin great and 2001 Cutino Award winner Coralie Simmons...
CAL LUTHERAN (0-2) opened its season with losses to No. 17 Cal State Bakersfield and Colorado State at the Roadrunner Invitational on Friday... Senior Meredith Butte scored six goals in a 17-8 loss to the host `Runnres, while sophomore hole set Kelsey Bergemann tallied five in the 11-7 setback to the Rams... CAL STATE EAST BAY (4-4) captured wins over Colorado State, Santa Clara and Cal State Bakersfield at the Roadrunner Invite, proving its 13-10 NorCal Invite victory over the Broncos was no fluke... Senior Jenna Casady scored eight goals in the tourney, including four in Sunday's 9-8 win over SCU... On February 3, the Pioneers received votes in the national Top 20 for the first time.
SEAWOLF SPLASH WOMEN'S WATER POLO TOURNAMENT
Sonoma State Feb. 20-21, 2010
Saturday, Feb. 20
Sonoma State vs. Cal Lutheran, 10 a.m.
UC Davis vs. Cal Lutheran, 12:45 p.m.
Sonoma State vs. UC Davis, 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21
Sonoma State vs. Cal State East Bay, 10 a.m.
UCLA vs. UC Davis, 11:15 a.m.
Sonoma State vs. UCLA, 2:15 p.m.
UC Davis vs. Cal State East Bay, 3:30 p.m.