As the Cal Pac Championships came to an end, so did the cross country season for most of the Bobcatsas the men finished in second and the women in fourth. Last year, UCM was not able to send runners to nationals due to being new to the NAIA Cal Pac Conference. However, threeUCM runners are heading to Vancouver, Washington for nationals: Sofia Rios, Andrew Pierce, and Manuel Ortiz.
UC Merced’s Women’s Basketball team faced Cal State University San Marcos on Sunday November 4, for their first ever home varsity game. There were many excited fellow bobcats cheering on their team from the stands as well as the UCM cheer team chanting along the sidelines.
After a bit of a shaky start during the October 9 soccer game against William Jessup University, where the ladies were defeated 5-0, the October 13 match against the Simpson University Red Hawks proved the Bobcats were capable of catching up with a winning score of 2-1.
The Lady Bobcats destroyed their opposition at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational with a perfect showing. On Friday, August 24, they defeated Arizona’s Embry-Riddle and the Oregon Institute of Technology, then followed with a three-set destruction of West Coast Baptist on Saturday.
On Saturday, February 11, the UC Merced Women’s Softball Team took part in the South Pacific Conference, and defeated UCLA 13-12. The Bobcats are part of the National Club Softball Association League and have worked extremely hard in order to be in the position they are today.
The UC Merced Bobcats kept their heads in the game when they defeated their conference rival Holy Names University on Saturday, February 4(74-71). Excited fans, friends, family and faculty from both UC Merced and Holy Names filled the stands. Before becoming NAIA approved, the Men’s Basketball team played Holy Names as a club team. When asked how this rivalry started, Javon Barrino stated that the team disrespected them during a game and did not take the competition seriously.
While many sports fans were sitting at home watching the 49ers game on Sunday evening, the Men’s Basketball team played against non-conference rival, UC Santa Cruz. This proved to be a busy weekend for the Men’s basketball team; they had two games back to back. One of which they won against Simpson College (77-66) on Saturday, January 21. Unfortunately, the ball did not bounce in their favor during their game against the UCSC Slugs (71-76) on Sunday.
While everyone was off on winter break, the UCM Men’s Basketball team was hard at work. They played two-a-days the week before their game in Santa Barbara against the University of British Columbia. On December 29, the UC Merced Men’s Basketball defeated the University of British Columbia with a final score of 88-79.