UC Davis Ends Road Trip at San Francisco, St. Mary's

Adam Luba will face familiar competition Friday afternoon since San Francisco was one of 12 teams that participated in last October's Aggie Invitational.

Feb. 12, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -


Feb. 1 at George Fox: W, 9-0
Feb. 2 vs. Seattle University: W, 7-0 (in Portland, Ore.)
Feb. 3 at Portland: L, 7-0
Feb. 4 at Portland State: W, 6-1


Friday, Feb. 15
UC Davis Aggies (4-3) at San Francisco (2-2)
Harbor Bay Club (Alameda, Calif.) – 2 p.m. 

Sunday, Feb. 17
UC Davis at Saint Mary’s (2-4)
Timothy Korth Tennis Complex (Moraga, Calif.) – 12 p.m.

Opening its season-long six-match road trip with wins in three of four matches during its trip through the Pacific Northwest, UC Davis will end a 10-day hiatus with a 2 p.m. match at the Harbor Bay Club in Alameda, Calif., against San Francisco Friday afternoon, and a 12 p.m. Sunday afternoon contest from the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex at Saint Mary’s.  

Friday’s match will feature two teams who are familiar with one another as the Dons were one of 12 teams that participated in last October’s Aggie Invitational. Throughout that three-day event, Adam Luba defeated Jason Lee in straight-set fashion, with Alec Haley and Adam Levie looking to avenge their losses to Will Schumacher and Johan Samuelsson Friday afternoon.

In a heartbreaker that did not end in his favor, Levie fell in both sets 7-6, dropping the tiebreaker in each frame by identical 7-5 scores. If paired against one another, those on hand at the Harbor Bay Club should expect a highly competitive match.

As was the case with UC Davis last month, the Dons also defeated Sonoma State in their season opener by a similar 7-0 score. After that victory, San Francisco followed with back-to-back losses at Pacific (4-3) and at USC (6-1) before rebounding with a 6-1 win over Sacramento State last Sunday.

Possessing a deep roster led by Bernardo Saraiva who has earned wins in both of his singles matches, and Thai Tu who sports a 2-1 record, 10 of the 12 members on San Francisco’s roster have competed in a singles event for head coach Peter Bartlett during one of its four duals.

The Dons’ doubles roster is a complete opposite of the team’s singles situation as William Schumacher/Tu (No. 1), Saraiva/Nils Skajaa (No. 2) and Jonathon Knowlman/Richard Bucalem (No. 3) all possess identical 2-1 marks and are the only pairings that have competed.

San Francisco would have another dual match to its credit if the team had competed against Saint Mary’s, the Aggies’ Sunday opponent, earlier this month. Postponed due to player illness, that match will take place at a later date that has yet to be determined.

With the Gaels coming off a one-point loss to Pacific last Sunday, UC Davis is the second of four Big West opponents that will visit the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex this season.

UC Irvine and Hawai’i will also make the trek to Moraga in early March and April respectively.

As is the case with San Francisco and UC Davis, Saint Mary’s also faced Sonoma State this season, defeating the Seawolves by a 7-0 margin in its last recorded victory on Jan. 28. The Gaels other win was earned in their season opener by a 4-3 score over Fresno State.

Cal Poly and Arizona are responsible for Saint Mary’s other three losses; both taking place on the road, the Gaels competed against the Wildcats in back-to-back duals throughout their time in Tucson.

Led by Seif El Sherbini who possesses a 3-2 record as Saint Mary’s No. 4 singles player, the Gaels will most likely field a lineup that includes Jesse Kiuru (2-3 record) in the No. 1 spot, Tuomas Manner (2-3) at No. 2, Joakim Norstrom (2-4) in the No. 3 position and Samuel Bloore (2-3) as the Gaels’ No. 5 player.

Saint Mary’s singles lineup has been rounded out by Thomas Hunt (1-3), James Markiewicz (0-1) and Alec Wagner (1-0) at various times this season.

After its match in Moraga, UC Davis will return to the Marya Welch Tennis Center to face Sacramento State, on Feb. 23, in this season’s Causeway Cup matchup.