Jan. 26, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis took an early 1-0 lead into the break after storming back to win the last two doubles matches played in the team's inaugural Big West match of the season Saturday afternoon against the Pacific Tigers at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
By taking five of the six singles matches, the Tigers defeated the Aggies by a final score of 5-2.
The Aggies are now 1-2 overall with a 0-1 conference mark, Pacific is now 2-1 overall with a Big West record of 1-0.
Juniors Parker Kelley and Alec Haley were the first UC Davis doubles pairing to defeat Pacific; their victory offset a doubles win picked up earlier in the match by the Tigers to place the one doubles point that was up for grabs on the shoulders of each school’s top duo.
It was the Aggies’ team of Toki Sherbakov and Adam Levie that best responded to the pressure of the situation as they were able to break the serve of Pacific’s Alex Golding and Alex Hamilton, pull away to record a 9-7 doubles triumph, and give the Aggies an early 1-0 overall lead.
“Our guys played fought really hard during the doubles round, our No. 1 and No. 2 hit some great shots and ended up winning,” said head coach Eric Steidlmayer.
It was the round of six singles matches where Pacific earned its points as the Tigers posted victories in five of the six contests.
Thanks to the efforts of junior Kyle Miller, the Aggies were able to prevent a Pacific sweep of the singles round. After dropping the first set 3-6 to the Tigers' Ben Mirkin, Miller forced a third set after easily securing the second frame 6-1.
The junior’s gutsy comeback effort continued throughout the final frame as he pulled away to record the lone UC Davis singles victory by winning the third by a 6-3 score.
“You have to give credit to a guy who was down after the first set, and them fought back against a tough player to win,” said Steidlmayer.
“Give Pacific credit because they played us tough to win. I do not think we played poorly, I just think our mental toughness was not where we needed it to be.”
UC Davis will return to action on Friday, Feb. 1, against George Fox. The first of four consecutive road matches scheduled in as many days throughout the Aggies’ stint in Oregon, Friday’s contest will start at 6 p.m.
Pacific vs UC Davis
Jan 26, 2013 at Davis, Calif.
(Marya Welch Tennis Center)
Pacific 5, UC Davis 2
1. Alex Golding (PAC) def. Toki Sherbakov (UCD) 6-1, 6-4
2. Kyle Miller (UCD) def. Ben Mirkin (PAC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Alex Hamilton (PAC) def. Parker Kelley (UCD) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Sem Verbeek (PAC) def. Brett Bacharach (UCD) 6-4, 6-1
5. Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Hugo Verdi-Fortin (UCD) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Denis Stolyarov (PAC) def. Adam Luba (UCD) 6-4, 6-3
1. Toki Sherbakov/Adam Levie (UCD) def. Alex Golding/Alex Hamilton (PAC) 9-7
2. Parker Kelley/Alec Haley (UCD) def. Ben Mirkin/Trevor James (PAC) 8-5
3. Sem Verbeek/Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. George Horowitz/Brett Bacharach (UCD) 8-2