Review Category : Women’s Tennis

UC Davis falls to UC Santa Barbara in Big West Quarterfinals

By finishing fourth in the conference standings, UC Davis was slotted to face the fifth-seeded UC Santa Barbara in its opening matches at the Big West women’s tennis championship on April 25. The Gauchos started off strong and recorded three straight sets to post a 4-0 victory over the Aggies. It was the second time in recent history that UC Davis faced UC Santa Barbara at Indian Wells in quarterfinals; in the 2010 tournament, the Gauchos defeated the Aggies by the score of 4-1. This time, much like the last time the two teams faced off, UC Santa Barbara once again was victorious against UC Davis. UC Santa Barbara set the tone early into the game. In the first doubles match, the Gauchos posted a lopsided 8-1 victory over the pairing of freshman Samantha Martino and sophomore Tiffany Pham. Although down 4-1 in their second doubles game, the Aggies rallied back from the early deficit. The duo of seniors Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa defeated the Gaucho’s pair of Priscilla... ...

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UC Davis women’s tennis team enters Big West tournament

The UC Davis Aggies gained an early 1-0 lead against the San Jose State Spartans by winning two straight doubles matches on April 19. However, UC Davis was not able to keep up the torrid pace and the Spartans won four straight singles matches, defeating UC Davis 4-3 in their last game of the regular season. The game started tough for the Aggies. They lost in their first doubles, 8-1, but soon they bounced back and took the other two doubles matches. This gave them a 1-0 lead in team points. In the last doubles, seniors Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa defeated their counterparts, 8-6. This match was the last regular season doubles match for their college careers. In singles matches, San Jose State’s Julianna Bacelar defeated senior Nicole Koehly in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, and the Spartans tied the team points at 1-1. Freshman Kamila Kecki helped the Aggies regain their lead by beating her opponent in two sets, 6-2, 6-4, putting UC Davis up to 2-1 lead in... ...

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UC Davis men’s tennis wins; women’s streak ends

UC Davis men’s tennis defeated Air Force, 4-3, in their last home tournament of the year on March 5. Heading into the weekend, the Aggies were recovering from their eighth loss of the year against Hawai’i on March 1. After losing two of three doubles matches, UC Davis was able to rally its way to victory by taking four of the six singles matches. Senior Kyle Miller led the Aggies with a singles victory against the Falcon’s Jack McCullers in two sets, 6-2, 7-6. UC Davis improved to 13-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play as it travels down south to UC Santa Barbara to face the lowly Gauchos, who are 7-12 this season. The Gauchos, however, are undefeated in conference play, 2-0. The Aggies hope to finish the regular season strong as they head into the last two tournaments before the Big West tournament on April 24. The UC Davis women’s tennis team saw its six-game winning streak snapped by the streaking UC Irvine Anteaters, 4-1. The Aggies now... ...

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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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Women’s tennis team heading to Oregon

The UC Davis women’s tennis team has had a rough start to its season thus far. With a record of 1-4, the team has spent the majority of its time playing on the road. After winning its first match against Northern Arizona, it has lost four consecutive matches to No. 29 Arizona, No. 37 Arizona State, No. 5 Stanford and Santa Clara. Freshman Tiffany Pham and senior Ellie Edles won in straight sets against Santa Clara on Feb. 3, while also winning their doubles match. However, the team could not overcome the strong play by their opponents, losing by a score of 4-3. The team has been hit with one of the most challenging schedules that it has ever faced, with four Pac-12 teams in its first five matches. The Pac-12 is known as the powerhouse of collegiate athletics on the West Coast with the likes of California and the University of Southern California, while receiving constant national recognition. Coach Bill Maze continues to be optimistic in the early going... ...

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Aggies show strong turnout in tune-up for ITA regionals

The UC Davis women’s tennis team earned themselves a No. 59 national ranking in last year’s preseason polls and may be on track to grabbing another spot in the top 75 this year as well. The Aggies traveled down to Moraga to compete in the Saint Mary’s Invitational this weekend and had quite an interesting tournament. “There was a delay because of wet courts, so five of our players were on at 10 at night in the cold under the lights,” said head coach Bill Maze. “It was fun to watch the players play; they went close to midnight and put in a lot of effort. Maze was most impressed with the performance of the players battling for a spot in the starting lineup. “I think all the players from five down are in the mix for a spot in the starting lineup,” Maze said. “It’s great because they push each other and it makes them all better.” Junior Melissa Kobayakawa won the Flight Blue singles draw in her first... ...

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Aggies have strong showing at Cal Nike Invite

The UC Davis women’s tennis team sent a couple of players down to Berkeley to compete at the Cal Nike Invitational this past weekend to test their abilities against strong Northern California competition. Junior Megan Heneghan, who has played at the No. 1 singles slot for the Aggies consistently in her first two years, advanced to the second round before getting taken down by the sixth-seeded player from Saint Mary’s. “Megan has a shot at getting ranked this year,” head coach Bill Maze said. “She’s played high up for the past year, and she has a chance at making the NCAA tournament this year.” Heneghan played in the 32-person Gold singles bracket, which was the top flight of the tournament. After losing in the second round, Heneghan dominated a Sacramento State player 6-0, 6-2. Senior Lauren Curry, junior Nicole Koehly and sophomore Layla Sanders all competed in the Blue Flight singles. Unfortunately, none of them could get past the round of 32. Curry split sets but was unable to pull... ...

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UC Davis ousted in Big West semifinals

Just when things appeared to be going the right way, the UC Davis Women’s Tennis season came to a disappointing end. Despite all the indicators that this would be the year, No. 2-seeded UC Davis found itself in a familiar place when it fell 4-0 to the lower-seeded UC Irvine. The Aggies breezed by Pacific on Friday but could not get by the Anteaters in the Big West Conference Championship semifinals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. “The team put a lot of effort and had good attitudes on the court,” said head coach Bill Maze. “Winning would have been icing on the cake, but I’m proud of how we played.” Friday — UC Davis 4, Pacific 0 The Aggies beat the Tigers not two weeks ago, and did not lose a match in their convincing win over Pacific in the first round of the Big West tournament. UC Davis got on the board first when its top two doubles teams both got 8-4 wins to capture the doubles point. Three... ...

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Women’s Tennis preview

Event: Big West Conference Championships Records: Aggies 11-11 (6-2) Where: Indian Wells Tennis Garden — Indian Wells, Calif. When: Friday at 8 a.m. Who to Watch: Sophomore Megan Heneghan, a freshman in the top singles spot last year when UC Davis was upended by UC Irvine in the first round of the Big West Conference Championships. A year later, Heneghan is still playing No. 1, but has a year of collegiate tennis under her belt. Coach Bill Maze has cited that this will make a difference this year and in the future. Heneghan almost upset the No. 1 ranked player in the nation when the Aggies played Stanford and won her final three matches of the regular season. Did you know? At first glance the Aggies’ 11-11 overall record is mediocre at best. Still, UC Davis stands in second place with a 6-2 Big West Conference record. The women’s tennis program faced arguably the toughest schedule — consisting of 11 ranked opponents — in its history, but playing the top... ...

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Aggies triumph on Picnic Day

The UC Davis women’s tennis team had a very difficult fall season that saw them drop out of the rankings with a less-than-impressive record. But the Aggies have been showing signs of improvement for a while, and some of their best performances of the campaign have come in the recent past. UC Davis swiped two Big West Conference victories this week, toppling Pacific and Cal State Fullerton to finish the regular season 6-2 in league competition. The Aggies close the regular season 11-11 overall after winning four straight and six of their last seven to capture the second seed in the Big West. “Credit goes to our assistant coach Christina Fusano, who’s been saying all year long it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Coach Bill Maze said. “We’ve never had this tough a schedule and we’re definitely peaking at the right time.” Thursday — UC Davis 5, Pacific 2 The Aggies traveled to Pacific to make up a rescheduled match from March, and left with another win... ...

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Women’s Tennis preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Irvine; vs. San Jose State Records: Aggies 9-11 (4-2), Tigers 4-13 (1-5), Titans 6-9 (0-4) Where: Hal Nelson Tennis Courts — Stockton, Calif.; Marya Welch Tennis Center When: Thursday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m. Who to Watch: Dahra Zamudio is the only senior in the UC Davis women’s tennis program’s starting lineup. She started the year playing in the No. 1 singles position, but switched to No. 2, where she holds a 12-5 record. Zamudio has been a steady force in the singles lineup her entire career, but her doubles play has also been a strong contributor to the Aggies’ success. She and sophomore Nicole Koehly have teamed up to win their last five matches, and are an impressive 7-2 at the No. 3 doubles spot. Did you know? After a shift in doubles pairings, UC Davis hopes its struggles in doubles are in the past. The Aggies have won the doubles point just six times this season, but two of those victories came in... ...

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Aggies sweep matches in strong weekend performance

With a surplus of close losses littered throughout its season, the UC Davis women’s tennis team appears to be figuring things out at the right time. Some tinkering with the doubles lineup brought about good results, as the Aggies took convincing wins over San Jose State University and Big West Conference foe UC Irvine. “Sometimes it takes a while to get the right team, and it would have been nice to figure it out earlier, but better late than never,” Coach Bill Maze said. UC Davis defeated the Anteaters by a 5-2 match score on Saturday and then downed the Spartans 6-1 on Sunday to improve its record to 9-11 and 4-2 in conference. Saturday — UC Davis 5, UC Irvine 2 The Aggies lost to UC Irvine in the first round of the Big West Tournament last year, but quickly showed why they have been ranked as high as No. 58 in the nation this season. UC Davis took down No. 66 UC Irvine by winning the doubles point... ...

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