Review Category : Men’s Tennis

UC Davis tennis teams close play at Indian Wells

Just as the conditions, weather and the UC Davis tennis teams were reaching their peak, their seasons ended abruptly. The UC Davis men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the Big West Conference Championships down at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from April 25 to 26 after brutal winds riddled their past week of practice. The men’s team exited after their first-round loss to Pacific, the eventual finalists in the Big West tournament. The Aggies fought hard but were only able to muster up a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Tigers. UC Davis continued its strong play in doubles with wins at the first and third spots, both of which went to tiebreakers. Freshman Brett Bacharach and junior Parker Kelley took down their opponents 9-8 at the No. 3 doubles before senior Toki Sherbakov and freshman Adam Levie pulled out their 9-8 win in the top slot to give the Aggies the doubles point. Up 1-0 going into singles competition, UC Davis couldn’t carry over the victories to... ...

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UC Davis tennis begins play at Conference Tournament

The underdog card is always a good one to play late in the season when the pressure is high. The UC Davis tennis teams will need to play smart, and take advantage of their lower seeds in order to go deep in the Big West Championship tournament. That isn’t to say they aren’t capable of it. The Aggies will just have to put things together at the right time. The UC Davis men’s tennis team just recently spent Picnic Day weekend down in Southern California, finishing up its Big West regular season competition. The Aggies grabbed their first and only win in the conference with a 7-0 sweep over UC Riverside. UC Davis took the doubles point then swept the singles to take down the Highlanders. The day before their victory over UC Riverside, the Aggies took one of their most impressive wins this season, with a 4-3 victory over Loyola Marymount. UC Davis took the crucial doubles point, then jumped ahead with two quick singles wins at the five... ...

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Tennis Preview

The Aggies have endured all sorts of tough weather this past week, from rain to shine to torrential winds, and will welcome the warm sun that is forecasted this week. The UC Davis tennis teams will continue their luxurious streak of home matches this week, both hosting several matches at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. On Friday, the women’s tennis team will continue its six-match home stand with its fourth straight home match. UC Davis will host Pacific at 1:30 p.m. at the same time as the men start their match against Cal Poly. On the women’s side of this doubleheader, the Aggies will have quite a matchup against the Tigers, who dominated UC Davis in the past until the past couple years. UC Davis, in 2011, beat Pacific for only the second time in head coach Bill Maze’s career at the helm of the Aggies’ program (16 years at the time). Another win last year added to this total, and the Aggies certainly don’t show any signs that these... ...

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UC Davis tennis returns to action

As parts of the Marya Welch Tennis Center undergo some remodeling, the UC Davis tennis teams haven’t slowed practices one bit. The men’s tennis team will match up against Hawai’i on Friday, one of the better teams UC Davis will have faced so far this season. The Aggies are entering a tough couple of weeks here in the Big West competition. After playing the Rainbow Wahine, UC Davis will match up against 73rd-ranked Cal Poly and Big West powerhouse UC Santa Barbara. Looking at the contest with Hawai’i, though, UC Davis faces quite a challenge. The Aggies haven’t played a match in almost a month, as their last outing was March 10 against UT Arlington. UC Davis dropped that decision by a 5-2 score with wins from junior Parker Kelley and freshman Brett Bacharach. Both have eight wins on the season in dual matches, tied for second on the team behind junior Kyle Miller’s 10 singles victories. The Aggies’ matchup against Hawai’i will be their second Big West matchup of... ...

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Aggie Digest

The UC Davis men’s tennis team hosted its first tournament this past weekend to ring in the 2012-13 season and the new era under first-year coach Eric Steidlmayer. About 70 players from the top-ranked schools in the nation came to compete at the Aggie Invitational. Local foes from Pacific and Sacramento State, as well as players from Cal, Stanford, Santa Clara and Fresno State, among other schools, participated in the event. Senior Toki Sherbakov fared well against the stiff competition of the tournament. Although he dropped his first-round match, the Mountain View, Calif. native won three straight matches en route to the finals of the consolation draw. Sherbakov took down Andrew Scholnick from Cal in the first round and then matched up with Stanford’s Denis Lin in a third-set tiebreaker. He then won his semifinal match in straight sets before falling to a player from Nevada in a 10-point tiebreaker for the third set, despite winning the second set 6-1. Junior Kyle Miller and newcomer Brett Bacharach also played in... ...

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UC Davis will not renew men’s tennis coach Daryl Lee

Interim Athletics Director Nona Richardson announced Wednesday that UC Davis will not be renewing the contract of men’s tennis coach Daryl Lee. “We’re grateful to Daryl for the time and effort he has put into the men’s tennis program and wish him well,” Richardson said. Lee went 146-206 in 19 seasons as head coach, and tallied a record of 5-20 in Big West Conference play during the Aggies’ six seasons at the Division I level. His last season with UC Davis was far from impressive, as Lee led the Aggies to a 6-16 record. The Aggies went just 1-4 in conference play, but pulled a surprising upset over Pacific in the Big West Tournament before having their season ended by Cal Poly 4-0. Lee will officially leave the position June 30 when his current contract expires. — TREVOR CRAMER ...

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UC Davis reaches semifinals

The UC Davis men’s tennis team upset the University of Pacific 4-1 in the Big West Conference Championships to reach the semifinals, only to have their season ended by top-seeded Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. UC Davis finished its season with a record of 6-15. Friday — UC Davis 4, Pacific 1 The fifth-seeded UC Davis men’s tennis team advanced to the semifinals with a momentous 4-1 upset over Pacific after losing to the Tigers in the first round of the Big West Championships last year. The Aggies took two out of three doubles matches and added three out of four singles wins in their first postseason victory. 

UC Davis started with a quick 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles after senior Chris Aria and sophomore Alec Haley topped Pacific’s doubles team. The Aggies wrapped up the opening point with a deciding win at the No. 2 position. Junior Toki Sherbakov and senior Josh Albert defeated Erik Cederwall and Alex Hamilton with 8-3 to take an early 1-0 advantage. UC... ...

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Men’s Tennis preview

Event: Big West Conference Championships Teams: UC Davis vs. University of Pacific Records: Aggies, 5-15; Tigers, 8-14 Where: Indian Wells Tennis Garden — Indian Wells, Calif. When:  Friday at 11:00 am Who to watch: Junior Toki Sherbakov is one of The Aggies’ more thrilling players to watch, as he posted a strong performance against the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Tuesday. In the Aggies’ victory over the Vulcans, Sherbakov helped secure the doubles point with teammate Josh Albert. He cruised during his No.1 singles match, winning 6-1, 6-3. Did you know?  The Aggies and the Tigers met in the third match of the season. Pacific came away with a 6-1 win over UC Davis. The Aggies lost all six singles matches and only one doubles match to the Tigers. Preview: The Aggies begin their quest to a Big West Championship with a match against the No.4 seeded Tigers. The Aggies ended the season on a positive note, winning two out of four matches, including a conference victory over UC Riverside. UC... ...

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Aggie Digest

Men’s Tennis The UC Davis Men’s Tennis team wrapped up regular-season play with a 6-1 loss at Nevada on Saturday at Lakeridge Tennis Club. Toki Sherbakov trailed 1-6 at No. 1 singles before surging for a three-set victory, providing the only Aggie win of the day. UC Davis dropped to 5-15 on the season while the Wolf Pack improved to 10-10. Alec Haley and Chris Aria had the only doubles victory for the Aggies at the No. 3 position, grinding out a 9-8 win over Nathan Reix and Moez Echargui. Nevada managed to take victories in the No. 1 and 2 spots to secure the doubles point. Sherbakov improved to 9-11 on the season at No. 1 doubles, following a come-from-behind win over Wessim Derbel, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. Alec Haley also extended his singles match to a third set at the No. 6 position before falling in a tiebreak to Quentin Mege, 5-7, 6-3, 10-7. The Wolf Pack also added straight-set victories in the No. 2-5 spots to wrap up the 6-1 final score. UC... ...

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Men’s Tennis Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside; vs. UC Irvine Records: Aggies, 3-13 (0-3); Highlanders, 6-13 (0-1); Anteaters 4-15 (1-1) Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center When:  Saturday at noon; Sunday at noon Who to watch: Sophomore Kyle Miller ought to put on a thrilling show on Saturday afternoon after a spectacular performance against California State University, Fresno on Saturday. Last season, Miller served as the No. 4 singles player for the majority of the season as a freshman. He also finished with a 5-10 doubles record last season in duel matches. Did you know?  The Aggies have split with the Highlanders in the teams’ last two matchups. UC Davis won against UC Riverside by 4-3 in 2010 and lost 5-2 last season. Preview: Coming off a nine-game losing streak on the road, the Aggies look to regain rhythm and confidence and capture a key win against the Highlanders. The upcoming match against UC Riverside signifies UC Davis’ second-to-last Big West Conference Event prior to the league Championships. As of now, the... ...

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UC Davis smothered by Fresno State

UC Davis’ struggle to close out tight matches in their nine past encounters on the road persisted this past weekend in Fresno. The Aggies fell to 1-10 away from home while moving to a 3-13 overall record. Fresno State captured the doubles matches to earn the first point of the evening. Junior Toki Sherkabov and senior Josh Albert displayed their best showing at the No. 1 doubles showing before falling 8-5 in the third-set tiebreak. The Bulldogs’ momentum continued in the singles play, where they posted a victory at the No. 5 singles spot after three straight-set victories. Hugo Verdi-Fortin extended his No. 4 singles match into a third set before being retired. Sophomore Kyle Miller was the highlight of UC Davis’ performance, as he battled for a three-set victory at the No. 2 singles spot. He trailed 6-3, 5-2 in the second set and saved a match point before making a comeback and capturing a 3-6, 7-6, (10-8) win against David Ayoun. “He displayed tremendous poise and composure out... ...

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UC Davis men’s tennis team edged by USF 3-4

The UC Davis men’s tennis team lost a close match to the University of San Francisco 3-4 at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Sunday. However, the most memorable display of the event was the heart and courage put forth by senior Chris Aria during his game-deciding  match. After losing the first set 4-6, Aria fought back from a 5-6 deficit in the second set and was able to win in a tiebreaker. With the rest of the team’s matches coming to a close, it became clear that the final set of Aria’s match would determine the winning team. Aria started off the set with the momentum carried over from the second set, and held a dominating 5-2 lead when he fell, showing signs of injury. Aria described having “a full lower-body cramp, both legs, both hamstrings, and both calves.” “There were moments when I thought I had to retire from the match,” he said. It was clear that Aria was struggling to stand up and walk, but he continued... ...

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