Aggies Start Home Schedule Against Sonoma State

George Horowitz and the Aggies will face familiar foes in Sonoma State and Pacific this weekend. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock)

Jan. 24, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -


Jan. 19: UC Davis Aggies at No. 36 Santa Clara: L, 6-1 


Friday, Jan. 25
Sonoma State Seawolves (0-1) at UC Davis Aggies (0-1)
Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.) - 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Pacific Tigers (0-2, 0-0 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies (0-1, 0-0 BWC)
Marya Welch Tennis Center - 1 p.m. 

Opening its 2013 dual match schedule last weekend at No. 36 Santa Clara, UC Davis will start its home schedule this weekend against Sonoma State and Pacific this Friday and Saturday respectively.

Friday's home opener against Sonoma State will start at 1:30 p.m., Saturday's Big West opener will begin at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Sonoma State Seawolves will enter the Marya Welch Tennis Center as the Aggies' first home opponent of the season. Shutout in its season opener at San Francisco last Sunday, Sonoma State was forced to reschedule its match against Saint Mary's this past Wednesday for a later date due to inclement weather.

As is the case with UC Davis, the Seawolves will end their near-week layoff in Friday's non-conference matchup.

Sonoma State junior Matt Roberts was the only Seawolf to win a set against the Dons; outside of sophomore Vincent Paganetti ad Roberts, no Seawolf was able to score more than two points in a set.

This is the second trip to the Marya Welch Tennis Center for Sonoma State this season as the Seawolves also competed in the UC Davis Aggie Invitational last October.

In that event, Aggie senior George Horowitz defeated Sonoma State senior David Hutton in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.  The other match involving the Aggies and the Seawolves also took place during the first day of the Invitational when UC Davis' doubles team of Alex Haley and Mitch Thorp defeated Sonoma State's Jimmy Manning and Seth Hein by a score of 8-2.

Less than 24 hours after making his home debut as the head coach of the Aggies, Eric Steidlmayer will make his Big West debut against cross-regional rival Pacific. 

Also opening their season on the road, the Tigers narrowly defeated Loyola Marymount 4-3 on Saturday, Jan. 19, before falling to the seventh-ranked Pepperdine Waves 7-0 the following day.

Ben Mirkin, Sem Verbeek and Daniel Alameh secured singles victories for Pacific in its match at Loyola Marymount, with Mirkin/Denis Stolyarov and Verbeek/Alameh earning another point for Pacific with their doubles triumphs. 

At Pepperdine, Alameh was the only Tiger to win a singles set and force a match to go all three sets before deciding a victor.

Pacific's match at UC Davis will culminate its current three-match road trip; after hosting their brief homestand, the Aggies will compete in six-straight road contests before returning to the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Feb. 23, to face Sacramento State in this season's men's tennis Causeway Classic.