FRESNO, Calif. — The UC Davis men’s tennis team started off both games strong by getting early leads against Pacific and host Fresno State by winning the doubles point; however, the Aggies ended the day with only one final game win over Pacific in all three team’s season opener on Saturday at the Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno, Calif.
The UC Davis squad started off their first game of the day with back-to-back doubles wins to get the 1-0 lead over Pacific. Ivan Thamma and Everett Maltby got the first match win for UC Davis, 6-2, while Jonathan Star and Chethan Swanson also finished their doubles match with a 6-2 victory over the Tigers. Aggie tandem Tommy Lam and David Goulak lead with a 5-4 score over Pacific’s doubles team of Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira.
Going into singles play against Pacific, it was the three straight-set wins earned by Goulak, sophomore Mitchell Iwahiro, and Thamma that secured the first game win of the 2018 season for UC Davis.
Goulak finished his singles match first, getting the Aggies to 2-0 lead after finishing with a 6-3, 6-1 match victory over Tadiwa Chinamo. However, in the next finished match, Pacific’s Johnathan Lieu pushed through to get a straight-set win over Lam, 6-2, 6-1, and score a point for the Tigers to make it a 2-1 game.
That was the last score Pacific earned that day as the Aggies got the next two match victories, the first coming from Iwahiro, 6-4, 6-2, and the next coming from Thamma, 6-3, 7-6, to clinch the 4-1 win.
After a short break, the UC Davis men’s tennis team returned to the courts to go up against the Bulldogs, where they started off strong again in getting the early 1-0 lead thanks to the Aggie duos of Lam and Goulak, as well as Maltby and Thamma. Both duos lefts the courts with 6-2 match victories, while Jonathan Star and Chethan Swanson finished their doubles match with a 5-2 lead.
Unfortunately, it was Fresno State’s performances in singles play that turned the tables around for the Bulldogs, getting the next four game wins to finish the day victorious with a 4-1 score over UC Davis.
UC Davis returns to the court next Saturday (Jan. 20) for a road dual match against USC, who currently holds the No. 20 national ranking, starting at 10:00 a.m.
NCAA MEN’S TENNIS
UC Davis (1-1) vs. Pacific (0-2) and Fresno State (2-0)
Jan. 13, 2017 at Fresno, Calif. (Wathen Tennis Center)
Match #1: UC Davis 4, Pacific 1
1. Tommy Lam / David Goulak (UCD) vs. Akram El Sallay/ Bernardo Oliveira (PAC), 5-4, 40-0 DNF
2. Ivan Thamma / Everett Maltby (UCD) def. Ross Watson/John Horoz Garner (PAC), 6-2
3. Jonathan Star / Chethan Swanson (UCD) def. Johnathan Lieu/Tadiwa Chinamo (PAC), 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3*
1. David Goulak (UCD) def. Tadiwa Chinamo (PAC), 6-3, 6-1
2. Ivan Thamma (UCD) def. Akram El Sallaly (PAC), 6-3, 7-6
3. Everett Maltby (UCD) vs. Bernardo Oliveira (PAC), 6-7, 2-2 DNF
4. Jonathan Star (UCD) vs. Ross Watson (PAC), 5-7, 6-3, 2-0 DNF
5. Johnathan Lieu (PAC) def. Tommy Lam (UCD), 6-2, 6-1
6. Mitchell Iwahiro (UCD) def. Simon Solbas (PAC), 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 2*
Match #2: Fresno State, 4, UC Davis 1
1. Tommy Lam / David Goulak (UCD) def. Mantas Bugailiskis/Xander Veys (FRES), 6-2
2. Ivan Thamma / Everett Maltby (UCD) def. Cagatay Soke/Cem Erturk (FRES), 6-2
3. Jonathan Star / Chethan Swanson (UCD) vs. Zdenek Derkas/Youssef Hassan (FRES), 5-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2*
1. Ivan Thamma (UCD) vs. Xander Veys (FRES), 6-4, 3-6, 1-2 DNF
2. Zdenek Derkas (FRES) def. David Goulak (UCD), 6-4, 6-3
3. Mantas Bugailiskis (FRES) def. Everett Maltby (FRES), 6-1, 6-4
4. Jeremy Moser (FRES) def. Jonathan Star (UCD), 6-3, 6-3
5. Chethan Swanson (UCD) vs. Cem Erturk (FRES), 7-5, 4-5 DNF
6. Cagatay Soke (FRES) def. Arjith Jayaraman (UCD), 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4, 6*
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