Aggies Slip Past 'Eaters in Big West First Round

Freshman James Wade clinched the Aggies' first round win with a three-set victory over Tyler Pham at No. 2 singles on Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif.

April 24, 2014

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- In a match closer than the score would let on, the UC Davis men's tennis team punched its ticket to the semifinals of the 2014 Big West Conference Men's Tennis Tournament on Thursday, as the fourth-seeded Aggies gutted out a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded UC Irvine at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

The win moved UC Davis to 14-10 overall on the season and advanced the Aggies past the first round for only the second time in school history, earning them a date with top-seeded Hawaii on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. The Anteaters finished their season 11-18 overall, falling to UC Davis for the second time this season.

After trailing for most of the doubles, the Aggies found their way back to claim a tight doubles point and an early 1-0 lead in the match. UC Davis won twice in a tiebreaker as Alec Adamson and Adam Levie out-dueled Tyler Pham and Jonathan Hammel for an 8-7 (2) victory at the No. 1 spot, before Brett Bacharach and Adam Luba slipped past Caryl Hernandez and Shuhei Shibihara by the score of 8-7 (4) to claim the first point of the day.

A pair of quick wins in singles extended the Aggies' lead as captain Kyle Miller posted a straight-set, 6-1, 6-2, win over Hammel at No. 3, and was followed closely by freshman Bryce McKelvie at No. 6, who posted a 6-0, 6-4, win over Shibahara to give his team a 3-0 advantage.

Things tightened up from there as the Anteaters fought for a comeback, but freshman James Wade was able to outlast Pham at the No. 2 spot, rebounding from a second-set loss to clinch the match with a 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-4, win to close things out.



The Aggies look to avenge an earlier loss to the Rainbow Warriors in Friday's semifinal clash after the two programs battled through rain, power outages, and the clock, back on April 1 in a, 4-3, Hawai'i victory. After weather forced the two teams indoors, the dual began later that night at approximately 9:45 p.m., and didn't finish until 2:30 a.m. after darkness fell multiple times when the weather knocked out power to the facility.

The Rainbow Warriors finished the regular season with a 7-11 overall record and a perfect 4-0 mark in Big West play, winning four of their last five matches to close out the regular season -- three of those road wins against conference opponents (UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine). Senior Jonathan Brooklyn led Hawai'i with a 9-6 overall singles record at the top of the Rainbow Warriors' lineup, including a perfect 4-0 mark in league matches, while the duo of junior Nils Schuhmann and senior David Schuster teamed up to post a team-high six doubles wins in 2014.

2014 Big West Conference Men's Tennis Tournament
#4 UC Davis (14-10) vs. #5 UC Irvine (11-18)
April 24, 2014 - Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)

UC Davis 4, UC Irvine 0

1. Alec Adamson/ Adam Levie (UCD) def. Tyler Pham/Jonathan Hammel (UCI), 8-7 (2)
2. Parker Kelley/James Wade (UCD) vs. Ryan Cheung/Jonathan Poon (UCI), unfinished
3. Brett Bacharach/ Adam Luba (UCD) def. Caryl Hernandez/Shuhei Shibahara (UCI), 8-7 (4)

1. Alec Adamson (UCD) vs. Ryan Cheung (UCI), unfinished
2. James Wade (UCD) def. Tyler Pham (UCI), 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-4
3. Kyle Miller (UCD) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI), 6-1, 6-2
4. Brett Bacharach (UCD) vs. Rafael Davidian (UCI), unfinished
5. Parker Kelley (UCD) vs. Caryl Hernandez (UCI), unfinished
6. Bryce McKelvie (UCD) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI), 6-0, 6-4

Order of finish...
Doubles: 1, 3
Singles: 3, 6, 2