Big West Women's Water Polo Returns To Action
Women's Water Polo Release 1
Photo courtesy of Wayne Tilcock
DAVIS READIES FOR 2015
The Aggies, who were ranked 19th in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association poll in 2014, return five of their top scorers from a season ago including All-Big West Conference honorable mention selection Allyson Hansen and senior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding who ranked second in the league a season ago in goals-against average (8.5). In addition to the Davis returners, four freshmen join the squad and are expected to make significant contributions in their rookie seasons including center Greta Kohlmoos, utility Paige Virgil, center Jill Bushman and Heather Johnson. Watch out for a harmony of experience and new energy that coach Jamey Wright plans to make a key factor for the 2015 team: a balanced offense.
AGGIE RECORD WATCH
Senior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding enters the 2015 season with 284 career saves, needing just 55 to surpass Alexis Muecke (2000-02) for the No. 5 slot in the UC Davis record book. Looking to join the 100 career-goal club, senior Keelia Houston (77) and junior Allyson Hansen (64) sit within reasonable striking range of meeting the mark.
UP NEXT FOR UCD
UC Davis will open the Lou Tully Memorial Tournament against last year’s No. 4 California this Saturday at noon.
BIG WEST IN THE RANKS
Last season, all six Big West representatives received a top 20 ranking by the Collegiate Water Polo Association for the entirety of the 2014 campaign. In the same fashion, all six programs received a ranking in the preseason poll released Friday, January 16. The Big West participants look to remain the only conference in which all members ranked in the top 20 nationally.
BACK IN ACTION
This season, 15 All-Big West honorees return to action including UC Irvine seniors Jillian Yocum, Danielle Warde and junior McKenna Mitchell who helped lead the Anteaters to their third NCAA Tournament. The ’Eaters went 1-2 for a sixth place finish and are now 4-5 all-time in the tourney. Irvine had fourth and fifth place finishes in 2012 and 2011, repectively.