April 25, 2014
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- In almost a mirror image of their regular season battle that was delayed due to rain and power outages in Northern California, top-seeded Hawai'i and fourth-seeded UC Davis duplicated the effort in Southern California on Friday afternoon, battling in a back-and-forth, four-hour marathon that fell in favor of the Rainbow Warriors by the score of 4-3 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The loss ended the Aggies' season at 14-11 overall, finishing with a winning record at the Division I level for the first time and reaching the semifinals of the conference's post-season event for the second time in the last three seasons. Hawai'i improved to 8-11 overall, advancing to face No. 2 Cal Poly in the championship match on Sunday.
Doubles proved decisive as the two teams eventually split their six singles matches. The Rainbow Warriors were first on the board with their win at No. 3 doubles by the score of 8-6 before UC Davis evened things up as Alec Adamson and Adam Levie posted an 8-4 win at the top spot. That left things up to Parker Kelley and James Wade for the Aggies and Jonathan Brooklyn and Carter Lam for Hawai'i to decide doubles.
Kelley and Wade trailed by 6-3 at one point before rallying back to tie the match at seven-all and force a tiebreaker. The UC Davis duo came out quickly, jumping ahead 4-2 at one point, before the Rainbow Warriors rallied to score the next five points, taking the match and the doubles point by the score of 8-7.
That meant the Aggies would have to rally in singles, but were dealt a blow early when Wade was forced to retire due to injury, trailing Nils Schuhmann, 6-3, 1-0, at the time, giving Hawai'i a 2-0 lead in the match. Wade had been 19-3 in dual match play and had posted wins in 12 of his previous 13 contest before being forced to retire.
UC Davis responded with a furious comeback, posting three consecutive wins to take its first lead of the day. Freshman Bryce McKelvie started the rally at No. 6 with a three-set victory over Pavel Liska, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, and sophomore Brett Bacharach rebounded from a set down to post a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, win over Danilo Casanova at No. 4 to even-up the match.
Adamson then gave the Aggies the lead, battling through a second set tiebreaker to post a straight-set win over Brooklyn, 6-4, 7-6 (5), for a 3-2 advantage. However, back came Hawai'i as David Schuster outlasted Parker Kelly, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, at No. 5 to bring the Rainbow Warriors level once again.
That left the match up to No. 3 singles and senior captain Kyle Miller, who was out quickly with a 6-3 first-set victory over Chas Okamoto, before Okamoto evened things up, with a 6-2 win in the second set. The two went back-and-forth in the third and final set with Miller eventually going up 5-4, but Okamoto rallied to win the next three games, completing the 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, comeback to win the match.
NCAA MEN'S TENNIS
2014 Big West Conference Men's Tennis Tournament
#4 UC Davis (14-11) vs. #1 Hawai'i (8-11)
April 25, 2014 - Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Hawaii 4, UC Davis 3
1. Alec Adamson/ Adam Levie (UCD) def. Nils Schuhmann/David Schuster (UH) - 8-4
2. Jonathan Brooklyn/Carter Lam (UH) def. Parker Kelley/James Wade (UCD) - 8-7 (4)
3. Chas Okamoto/Marcel Chan (UH) def. Brett Bacharach/ Adam Luba (UCD) - 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Alec Adamson (UCD) def. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH) - 6-4, 7-6 (5)
2. Nils Schuhmann (UH) def. James Wade (UCD) - 6-3, 1-0 (ret.)
3. Chas Okamoto (UH) def. Kyle Miller (UCD) - 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
4. Brett Bacharach (UCD) def. Danilo Casanova - 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. David Schuster (UH) def. Parker Kelley (UCD) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
6. Bryce McKelvie (UCD) def. Pavel Liska (UH) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 5, 3