UC Davis heads south for a dual with the Trojans

Jan. 18, 2018

UC Davis (1-1) at USC (0-0)
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Marks Tennis Stadium
1:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif.

FIRST SERVE: Coming off from a win over Pacific and a loss with Fresno State last weekend, the UC Davis men's tennis team (1-1 overall) will return to action this Saturday in Southern California as they take on No. 5 USC at the Marks Tennis Stadium starting at 1:00 p.m.

LOOKING BACK - UC DAVIS vs. PACIFIC AND FRESNO STATE: UC Davis dominated in doubles play last weekend, winning the doubles point in both games against Pacific and Fresno State. Aggie tandem of Ivan Thamma and Everett Maltby contributed their final match score to both of the doubles point wins last Saturday, garnering two 6-2 victories over their respective opponents. In singles play, the Aggies dominated over Pacific, winning the first three finished matches to end with a 4-1 victory over the Tigers; however, it was Fresno State that dominated over the Aggies later that day, finishing with a 4-1 victory over the Aggies.

"I love the enthusiasm and energy from all nine guys that travelled." said Head Coach Eric Steidlmayer, "I thought we played great in doubles all weekend, and for being the first match of the season for many of the players, we got a lot of first wins for the Aggies."

TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: USC enters the week ranked No. 5 in the nation, as announced on the ITA rankings website on Jan. 17. When the Aggies faced USC during their last season, the Trojans held a No. 9 ranking, and included four players with a nation's top 125 ranking, three of which are still players on the team: Brandon Holt, Logan Smith, and Jack Jaede. As stated previously, individual rankings in singles and doubles play will not make their 2018 debut until Feb. 7.

ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC enters the week with a 0-0 record in duals as this weekend with the Aggies will serve as their first dual match of the 2018 season. However, just this past weekend, the Trojans participated in the 2018 Sherwood Collegiate Cup, which also featured players from UCLA, Stanford and Baylor. At this tournament event, USC's No. 3 seeded doubles duo of Jack Jade and Lauren Verboven garnered the double title, while Jack Devine acquired a consolation singles victory before his defeat in the Quarterfinal round by Stanford's David Wilczynski.

LOOKING BACK - UC DAVIS vs. USC: According to match-by-match records that date back to the 1996-1997 season, UC Davis is 0-3 against USC; however, when the Aggies faced the Trojans last year, now sophomore Max Pham posted a straight-set victory Henry Ji at No. 6 singles, which was the Aggies' first-ever win against USC, breaking the 7-0 score USC carried over UC Davis during the 2014 and 2016 seasons.

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