Pacific Women's Water Polo Opens Big West Play Against UC Davis Saturday
Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 12 p.m. PST
Site: Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex
Live Video: PacificTigers.com
Talent: Nate Hirsch (play-by-play), Tom Koning (analyst)
Twitter Updates: @PacificWWP
Series: UC Davis leads, 36-4
Streak: UC Davis +2
Home Matches: 3-14
First Meeting: Mar. 2, 1996 - UC Davis, 11-2
Last Meeting: Mar. 25, 2012 - UC Davis, 11-9
Thomson vs. UC Davis: 2-10
Stockton, Calif. - After a tough non-conference schedule that posed many challenges, the Pacific women's water polo team opens Big West Conference play this Saturday, Mar. 31, versus long-time rival No. 11 UC Davis in a noon match at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
The game will serve as Pacific's annual Community Day event with free admission to the match.
The Tigers and the Aggies will meet for the 41st time in the series' 17-year history, the longest-running of any series for Pacific. UC Davis got the better of the Tigers last weekend, surviving a late comeback attempt from Pacific to win, 11-9. Senior Kim Kay, sophomore Elise Martin, and freshman Brydie Pye all notched hat tricks in the loss.
"We had about a four or five minute stretch where we spotted them a huge lead," head coach Megan Thomson said. "A lot of their goals came off of our errors, and that can't happen. I thought our 6-on-6 offense executed well and we had a lot of opportunities, but we just didn't finish enough of them."
Martin was named the conference's Player of the Week for her impressive all-around performance in Pacific's near-upsets of then-No. 13 Maryland and UC Davis last weekend. She tallied three assists, three steals, and three drawn ejections to go along with her hat trick against the Aggies last Sunday. She put away a pair of goals in the Tigers' loss to Maryland the day before, giving her a team-leading five goals on the weekend.
"Elise has been a consistent force on our team the entire season," Thomson noted. "She was a key component of our near-upsets of two highly ranked opponents last weekend, so it is good to see her get recognized."
UC Davis (12-11) is playing extremely well of late, winning its last seven matches. The Aggies have shaken off their 2-8 start and have outscored their opponents 82-31 in the month of March. Jessica Dunn leads UC Davis with 36 goals on the year while goalkeeper Riane Woods has recorded 110 saves.
The Tigers' tilt with UC Davis is the first of three events that day as Pacific will hold its annual alumni match at 2:30 p.m. before hosting the program's first-ever Wine & Water Polo Benefit later that afternoon.
"Saturday is going to be a lot of fun," said Thomson. "We hope that the Stockton community comes out for our match against UC Davis and that we can put on a good game for them. We have a lot of alumni coming back, which is really cool, and then we have our first-ever Wine & Water Polo Benefit that night. It's going to be a great day."
Tickets to the Wine & Water Polo Benefit cost $35 and can be ordered by contacting Emily Schmit at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 946-3998.