UC Davis Hosts First Match Of Season
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UC Davis opens the 2014 season this Saturday at 1 pm as the Aggies host Cal at Schaal Aquatics Center.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
HAWAI‘I LOOKS TO REPEAT SPLASH IN SOPHOMORE SEASON
In its debut season, Hawai‘i clinched the Big West Tournament Title after battling four-time defending champions, UC Irvine, in a 5-4 double overtime decision. After the two teams shared the regular season title at 6-1 in conference play, the Rainbow Wahine headed to their fourth NCAA Championship and first trip under 2013 Big West Coach of the Year, Maureen Cole.
RAINBOW WAHINE AT THE DANCE
Hawai‘i ended a historic season with a 22-11 overall record while recording the most single season wins since its 2001 efforts in which the squad recorded 25 victories. The Rainbow Wahine concluded its 2013 campaign with a 13-8 loss to UCLA in the third place game on May 12 in Cambridge, Mass.
ALL BIG WEST RETURNERS
Five of UC Irvine’s six 2013 All Big West honorees return for the 2014 season, including two First Team selections in senior attacker, Hannah Croghan, and junior goalie Jillian Yocum. UC Irvine, who returns the greatest number of honorees, received the highest ranking for a Big West team by the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s Preseason Poll. The Anteaters come in at No. 6 followed directly by Hawai‘i at No. 7.
NOTHING BUT NET
UC Santa Barbara’s Samantha Murphy averaged 2.23 goals a game in her freshman campaign while recording the third-most goals scored in 2013 with 78. Murphy, who was an All Big West Second Team selection, looks to have a great impact on the Gauchos’ season as they open play on Friday, Jan. 24 in the UCSB Tournament.
BACK IN ACTION
UC Irvine ‘s Jessy Cardey, Annika Bergesen and Danielle Warde redshirt the 2013 season and return to the water for their senior, senior and junior seasons respectively. Cardey holds her own in the Big West record books with the eighth-most goals scored in a single season with 74 in 2012 and the sixth-best goals per game with a 2.24 average recorded the same season. The three upperclassmen will bring experience to a young Anteater squad.