DAVIS, Calif. -- The 2018 UC Davis women's water polo team got to put their training to work this week as they filled their schedule with scrimmage games against schools such as Cal State Easy Bay, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Sonoma State, and even China's women's national water polo team.
On Sunday, Nov. 13, UC Davis headed south to Santa Clara, Calif., to participate in the SCU Play Day, where the Aggies played, and won, three games. Their first game was against Sonoma State, where they won 13-8. UC Davis had 12 players contribute to the 13 goals in total, with upperclassman Paige Virgil being the one player to score two goals.
The next game the Aggies played in that day was with Cal State East Bay, winning by a substantial amount, 24-3. In addition, 24 of the 26 Aggie players were given the opportunity to get in the pool.
"I was excited to see everybody play in a game setting. They've been working very hard, and it's fun to see them play against somebody else other than just ourselves," said head coach Jamey Wright. "We're lucky to have such great senior leadership this year, and I think that our six seniors will be the the rock of our team this upcoming season."
In their final game at the SCU Play Day, UC Davis went up against Santa Clara, continuing their victory streak as the Aggies secured a 16-5 win over the host school.
For the remaining two scrimmages, the UC Davis women's water polo team will remain at home to play against their incoming opponents. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Aggies will welcome China's national team to Schaal Aquatics Center, starting the morning off with a joint training session, followed by a scrimmage against them later in the afternoon.
On Sunday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m., UC Davis will round out their scrimmage week when San Jose State visits campus.
After this week, the UC Davis women's water polo team will resume their pre-season training up until their first season opener on Jan 20. The full 2018 schedule will be released at a later date.
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