Aggies Ready for Challenging Road Trip

Junior Adam Luba earned his first Division I singles victory last week in UC Davis' home opener.

Jan. 30, 2013


Jan. 25 vs. Sonoma State: W, 7-0
Jan. 26 vs. Pacific: L, 5-2


Friday, Feb. 1
UC Davis Aggies (1-2) vs. George Fox Bruins (0-0)
Tualitin Hills Tennis Center (Beaverton, Ore.) – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2
UC Davis Aggies vs. Seattle Redhawks (0-5)
Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Portland (Portland, Ore.) – 10 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3
UC Davis Aggies at Portland Pilots (1-1)
Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center (Portland, Ore.) – 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 4
UC Davis Aggies at Portland State Vikings (1-2)
Club Green Meadows (Vancouver, Wash.) – 11:30 a.m.

DAVIS, Calif. – After splitting its inaugural home matches last weekend, UC Davis will embark on one of its busiest road trips of the season starting with Friday’s match against George Fox. Beginning with that meeting against the Bruins in Beaverton, Ore., the Aggies will face four teams within four days throughout their time in Oregon.

Opening its 2012-13 dual schedule at Santa Clara on Jan. 19, UC Davis returned to the Marya Welch Tennis Center for the inaugural home games of the year on Jan. 25 and 26 against the Sonoma State Seawolves and Pacific Tigers respectively.

Against the Seawolves, the Aggies cruised to doubles victories in all three matches to secure the first point of the day.

Positive momentum created in the opening half of the match carried over into the round of singles competition, head-to-head matches that saw freshman Brett Bacharach and junior Adam Luba earn their inaugural Division I singles win.

Following its 7-0 sweep over Sonoma State, UC Davis returned to action the following afternoon in its first Big West match of the season against regional rival Pacific.

Even though the Aggies dropped their first doubles match, the No. 2 doubles team of Parker Kelley and Alec Haley stormed back to win six unanswered points to take their match 8-5. Shortly thereafter, UC Davis’ No. 1 doubles pairing of Toki Sherbakov and Adam Levie broke the serve of Pacific duo Alex Golding and Alex Hamilton to win their match 9-7 to help the Aggies take an early 1-0 lead.

One of three singles pairings to go the distance, Kyle Miller capped his comeback by winning the third set by a comfortable 6-2 margin to secure UC Davis’ only singles point. Kelley lost the first set 2-6, but quickly drew even and forced a decisive third frame by posting a 6-1 second set score.

Even though UC Davis was unable to secure its first conference victory and ended up dropping Saturday’s contest 5-2, hard-fought matches took place throughout the entire day as Pacific needed comeback efforts in the other three-set matches to earn those points.

Unlike a UC Davis team that is three matches deep into its schedule, George Fox will begin its season once again with a head-to-head matchup against the Aggies. The Bruins started their schedule on Feb. 4, 2012, against UC Davis, a meeting that ended in a 9-0 sweep in the Aggies’ favor. During that match, UC Davis only dropped one set on the afternoon to George Fox.

Starting its season ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III’s west region, the Aggies are one of three Division I foes that George Fox will face this season. Friday’s match will take place at the Tualitin Hills Tennis Center at 4 p.m.

Regardless of Friday’s outcome, UC Davis’ mental toughness will be tested the following day as the team will experience a short turnaround and return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, in a 10 a.m. match against the Seattle Redhawks.  Even though the Redhawks are 0-5 on the season, one of those decisions was a one-point loss to Gonzaga in its season opener, with another suffered by Pac-12 regional foe Oregon.

Seattle’s match against UC Davis will end a busy month for the Redhawks who will end their seven-game road swing with their 10 a.m. meeting, at the University of Portland, against the Aggies. 

UC Davis will return to the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center, located at the University of Portland, to face the host Pilots on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. Having split its first two matches of the season against No. 22 Washington (L, 6-1) and South Carolina Upstate (W, 4-3), Portland will host the Aggies in the third event of its four-match homestand.

Earning Portland’s only point in his singles match against Washington, junior Ratan Gill followed that effort by winning both of his matches against South Carolina Upstate , the only member of his team to secure points in both the singles and doubles round.

UC Davis will cap its weekend against a Portland State team that earned its first win of the season by defeating Division III foe Willamette last Sunday, Jan. 27. Other teams the Vikings faced this season include No. 71 Oregon and Gonzaga.

Sophomore Stratton Gilmore earned the lone point for the Vikings against Gonzaga; against Willamette, seniors Connor Gilmore and Zach Lubek led the way for Portland State by earning wins in their respective doubles and singles match.

Portland State and UC Davis will face on another on Monday, Feb. 4, in an 11:30 match at the Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Washington. Prior to facing the Aggies, the Vikings will host Seattle and Montana State University this Friday and Saturday.