LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Aggie tandems Ivan Thamma and Everett Maltby and David Goulak and Tommy Lam both made qualifications to the Round of 32 in the main draw after defeating their respective doubles opponents in the Round of 128 and the Round of 64 to highlight the first day of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships on Friday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
In the Round of 128, No. 9-seeded doubles team Thamma and Maltby defeated UC San Diego's Adrian Cordova and David Higgins, 8-0, while Goulak and Lam defeated Gereon Heitmann and Max Palmer from Boston College, 8-3. Aside from these two Aggie teams, partners Jonathan Star and Chethan Swanson also scored an 8-2 doubles victory in this round after facing Villanova's Dylan Flanagan and Danny Nomura, while pairs Mitchell Iwahiro and Arjith Jayaraman defeated Cal’s Thomas Wright and Jackson Suh, 8-6.
For the Round of 64, only the first two of the four UC Davis doubles teams garnered a second doubles victory. Thamma and Maltby won their match 8-2 over Boston College's Kent Mukai and Connor Mullins, while Goulak and Lam won with an 8-6 score over their opponents.
Although Star and Swanson's main draw run came to an end, their matchup was an interesting on in that they met on the courts with former Aggies Brett Bacharach, a former member of the UC Davis men's tennis team prior to graduating in 2016, and Michael Meyer, who served as the men's tennis assistant coach, alongside head coach Eric Steidlmayer, for five years.
Thamma and Maltby, as well as Goulak and Lam, each saw ends to their main draw rally after falling to the No. 5-seeded duo Uros Petronijevic and Zachary Svajda, and the No. 4 seeds Julian Cash and Luke Hammond from Oregon State, respectively.
The UC Davis men’s tennis team concludes their main draw action at the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championships, and will return to action next weekend to co-host with Sacramento State the Golden State Invitational on Mar. 9-11.
2018 PACIFC COAST MEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (La Jolla, Calif.)
Mar. 2, 2018 -- Day 1 Results (UC Davis student-athletes only)
DOUBLES MAIN DRAW:
Round of 128
(9) Everett Maltby / Ivan Thamma (UCD) def. Adrian Cordova/David Higgins (UCSD), 8-0
David Goulak / Tommy Lam (UCD) def. Gereon Heitmann/Max Palmer (BC), 8-3
Jonathan Star / Chethan Swanson (UCD) def. Dylan Flanagan/Danny Nomura (VIL), 8-2
Mitchell Iwahiro / Arjith Jayaraman (UCD) def. Thomas Wright/Jackson Suh, 8-6
Round of 64
(9) Everett Maltby / Ivan Thamma (UCD) def. Kent Mukai/Connor Mullins (BC), 8-2
David Goulak / Tommy Lam (UCD) def. (9) Timothy Li/William Martin, 8-6
Brett Bacharach / Michael Meyer def. Jonathan Star / Chethan Swanson (UCD), 8-4
(5) Ben Goldberg/Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. Mitchell Iwahiro / Arjith Jayaraman (UCD), 8-4
Round of 32
(5) Uros Petronijevic/Zachary Svajda def. (9) Everett Maltby / Ivan Thamma (UCD), 8-5
(4) Julian Cash/Luke Hammond (OSU) def. David Goulak / Tommy Lam (UCD), 9-8
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