Regional digest: River Cats promote Savage, Maxson

The River Cats have promoted Jeff Savage from general manager to team president and Chip Maxson from senior vice president of business operations to general manager, the team announced Friday.

Savage – whose parents, Art and Susan, purchased the team and moved it to Sacramento in 2000 – has been the general manager for the past three seasons, overseeing ticket sales, marketing, events and entertainment, and land development projects near Raley Field.

Before joining the River Cats in 2013, Maxson served as the vice president of ticket sales for the Tacoma Rainiers. Maxson also has worked for the Frisco (Texas) RoughRiders, Memphis (Tenn.) Redbirds and Kane County (Ill.) Cougars.

The River Cats, who have missed the playoffs the past two seasons after winning their Pacific Coast League division 11 times in 13 years, open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9, against the Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field.

Querrey heads field

Sam Querrey, ranked 51st in the world, highlights the field for the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger tennis tournament that begins Sept. 27.

The event, one of approximately 90 on the USTA Pro Circuit each year, will be at the Natomas Racquet Club. The final is Oct. 5.

Other players receiving direct acceptance into the 32-player main draw include former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, Ryan Harrison, Bradley Klahn, Denis Kudla, Robby Ginepri, Michael Russell and Tim Smyczek.

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Sac St. men win in soccer

• Sacramento State freshman Cylus Sandoval scored his first career goal in the first half, and Chimdum Mez scored the tiebreaking goal in the second half as the Hornets men’s soccer team (1-2-1) earned a 2-1 victory over San Jose State (1-4-0) at Hornet Field, Sac State reported.

• Maddy Glaser scored in the 34th minute to give the visiting USF women (4-2-1) a 1-0 victory over UC Davis (3-4), according to UCD.

Aggies lose in volleyball

• Kaylin Squyres posted 13 kills, and Megan Lancaster and Allie Wegener each notched a match-high 12 digs, but UC Davis (2-5) lost 25-15, 25-14, 25-18 to No. 5 Washington (8-0) in the opening match of the Washington/Seattle women’s volleyball tournament in Seattle, according to UCD.

• Sac State (3-6) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the fifth set and cruised the rest of the way in a 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 28-30, 15-3 win over San Jose State (0-7) in the first round of the Cal Poly ShareSLO Volleyball Tournament in San Luis Obispo, Sac State reported.

Bee Sports staff