UC Davis Breaks From Big West Play To Face Otters

Sophomore Keelia Houston tallied five assists against No. 8 Hawai'i on Friday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 9, 2013

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Friday, Apr. 12 - at Cal State Monterey Bay, 2 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 5 - HAWAI'I (L, 12-14)

TO RECAP: 18th-ranked UC Davis (12-15, 0-6) fell just short in a valiant comeback run against No. 8 Hawai'i in its lone contest last week... The Aggies have now lost their six Big West Conference games by a total margin of eight goals... The 12-goal output - led by hat tricks from Kathryn Bailey (her first since returning from a hand injury suffered in late February), Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert - was a team high in conference... It also marked the highest scoring total against a Top 10 opponent since UC Davis hit the same mark against then-No. 5 Arizona State in February 2012.

UNSUNG HEROES: Returning honorable mention All-Americans Eggert and Dunn have supplied the majority of the Aggies' 60 goals in the six conference games... Eggert has scored 18 while Dunn had 14... Perhaps because of this, the play of junior Erin Schlueter has fallen under the radar in the recent weeks... Although she has only scored two goals in the last three games, her contributions have been sizable: totals of five steals, eight drawn kickouts, two field blocks, five assists plus 26.3 minutes played per contest... Sophomore Keelia Houston has tallied nine assists (including five vs. the Wahine) in that same stretch... Bailey scored all three of her goals in the third quarter last Friday, keeping the Aggies in the hunt as they began their fourth-quarter rally.

UP NEXT: UC Davis takes a break from Big West Conference play with a road matchup at Cal State Monterey Bay... This is the first time the Aggies have played the Otters in Seaside since a 13-4 win early in the 2008 season... Game time is 2 p.m.... Please note: this game did not appear on several versions of the schedule earlier in the season (including previous issues of this release)... The UC Davis-CSUMB game pits two members of the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame: Aggie mentor Jamey Wright was inducted in 2010, while Otter coach and seven-year National Team player Gary Figueroa entered 18 years earlier.

CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY (8-19), went 0-4 at the Santa Clara Invitational, all against Western Water Polo Association leaguemates... The Otters' closest battles were a 10-9 setback to Colorado State and a 12-10 loss to the host Broncos... Senior center Kylie Fields had seven goals for the weekend while all-arounder Christina Keller added six... CSUMB previously lost to UC Davis, 12-7, in the Aggies' 2013 opener... Jackie Walters, who currently leads the Otters with 62 goals and 25 assists, scored a hat trick in that game.

On playing CSUMB: "The positives are that we get a game when we need it. This was a late add to our schedule. We originally had a weekend off between Hawaii and Pacific, which I didn't like. Monterey Bay isn't too far and it's kind of an interesting place. The negative is that their pool isn't regulation. It is not as long nor as wide as regulations. Number two, they play that funky two-goalie defense which nobody else does. So we'll practice for something we won't see at conference. At their pool, everything is so close they can get into that defense."

"If Monterey Bay runs their two-goalie, you basically set up a 6-on-5. You attack it that way because they zone back. The only thing that's different is that you're shooting at two goalies. As Kandace [Waldthaler] said, we'll get to run 40 6-on-5s. There's nothing wrong with that."

On the Hawai'i game: "The good news is that we scored 12 against a good team. If we played the defense we had against Irvine and that kind of offense, we could have beaten Hawai'i by two or three goals. Strangely, and it's very refreshing, the team remains optimistic and upbeat. They understand how well they have played in these games to put themselves in a position to win. They know they have to get better but they are small things we already know. I felt better after the Long Beach/Irvine weekend because we were right there. Hawai'i was a step back but I like that we were resilient. We came back. In a lot of ways, it made me optimistic from an offensive standpoint."