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Battle in the Bay Day One

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Battle in the Bay Day One

UCLA and Central Washington dominated their games in Day One of the Battle in the Bay college 7s tournament Saturday, setting up an exciting day of knockout play on Sunday.
UCLA played very well as a team, with Grant Penney, Ben Francis, Zach Bonte, Cian Barry, and more putting in big plays. The Bruins defense was solid as they beat San Diego, Western Washington, and Santa Clara handily to go 3-0. San Diego did well to upend a good WWU team to take 2nd in Pool D.
In Pool C, Central Washington was powerful, and clinical. Probably the best team at the tournament in the rucks, they poached ball relentlessly and with Aladdin Schirmer scoring tries all ways - power, speed, shiftiness - and with Tyler Coffman and Trent Barnes difficult in their own unique ways, the Wildcats were untouchable. They gave up one try on the day. San Diego State looked very strong in their opening two games, and were then eviscerated by CWU 28-0.
In Pool B Cal emerged the winners in a tough pool. The Bears edged Arizona Sate 19-14 and beat UCSB 22-7. They held off a game but imperfect Utah squad to go 3-0, with some excellent team support work. The game against Arizona State came down to the wire, as Adam Sanstrom torched them for two tries and had the Sun Devils up late. But a long run from Russell Webb put him in at the corner, and after referee and touch judge discussed it, the try was confirms for Cal. Utah did not look like they had a handle on things, and were beaten by a strong ASU team 26-0 in the opening round.
The final game of the day was one of the most intriguing. A young St. Mary’s team had gone 2-0 so far, but it was worth noting that they had given up 29 points against Nevada and Oregon, while Cal Poly, also 2-0, had given up 12. Led by the fleet-footed Michael Mitchell, Cal Poly scored early against St. Mary’s, and the youth of the Gaels team started to show, as they forced the issue, made mistakes, and saw good attacking opportunities go begging as a result. Mitchell was outstanding for the Mustangs, and Cal Poly held on 15-5.
So the standings look as follows. quarterfinal matchups to come:

Pool AWLTPfPaPdPts
Cal Poly3008617699
St. Mary's2107944357
Pool BWLTPfPaPdPts
Arizona State2106224387
Pool CWLTPfPaPdPts
SD State2105338157
UC Davis1201467-535
San Jose State0301574-593
Pool DWLTPfPaPdPts
San Diego2105055-57
Santa Clara 301565-503

All the scores:

St. Mary's College29-19University of Oregon
Cal Poly34-0Nevada-Reno
California22-7UC Santa Barbara
University of Utah0-26Arizona State
San Diego State39-0San Jose State
UC Davis0-29Central Washington
Santa Clara5-22Western Washington
UCLA33-7University of San Diego
San Jose State5-21Central Washington
UC Davis10-14San Diego State
Western Washington38-5UCLA
University of San Diego12-10Santa Clara
University of Oregon12-37Cal Poly
St. Mary's College45-10Nevada-Reno
University of Utah28-22UC Santa Barbara
Arizona State14-19California
University of Oregon7-19Nevada-Reno
Arizona State22-5UC Santa Barbara
UC Davis14-10San Jose State
University of San Diego31-12Western Washington
UCLA31-0Santa Clara
Central Washington28-0San Diego State
California17-5University of Utah
St. Mary's College5-15Cal Poly