Twinbill on Tap for Aggies to Close Homestand

Freshman James Wade leads the Aggies with a 4-1 record in dual matches this season.
 
Freshman James Wade leads the Aggies with a 4-1 record in dual matches this season.
 

Feb. 12, 2014

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Feb. 8 vs. Sonoma State: postponed (rain)
Feb. 8 vs. UC Riverside: W, 6-1

THIS WEEK'S MATCHES
Holy Names (0-1) at UC Davis (1-4)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
9 a.m.
Davis, Calif. | Marya Welch Tennis Center

Saint Mary's College (4-1) at UC Davis (1-4)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
1 p.m.
Davis, Calif. | Marya Welch Tennis Center

FIRST SERVE: Coming off its first dual match victory of the season last week against conference foe UC Riverside, the UC Davis men's tennis team closes out its six-match homestand this weekend with its second scheduled doubleheader of the year, welcoming Holy Names and Saint Mary's to the Marya Welch Tennis Center. The Aggies and the Hawks kick-off the day at 9 a.m., before battling the Gaels later in the day at 1 p.m.

IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, nor Saint Mary's, are listed among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division I rankings as of Feb. 4.

BE A FOLLOWER: The UC Davis men's tennis program has established its own Facebook page. Be sure to "like" the Aggies at https://www.facebook.com/pages/UC-Davis-Mens-Tennis/614858408568265.

WAIT, WE'RE MISSING THE POINTS: Fans and followers of collegiate tennis may notice some slight changes to the scoring with this season's dual matches as some experimental rules have been implemented by the NCAA for the first part of the 2014 season. Matches will begin, as usual, with the best-of-three doubles matches (with one point awarded to the team that wins two), followed by six singles matches (one point for each match). However, the singles and doubles sets will be played to six games (instead of the original eight in doubles) with tie-breakers at 5-5. Doubles will be played to one set and best-of-three for singles with both singles and doubles playing "no-ad" scoring, creating "sudden death" points at three-all.

SCOUTING HOLY NAMES: The Hawks are in their inaugural season of men's tennis on the Oakland campus as the 13th sponsored sport at Holy Names… In their spring debut, they fell on the road at Saint Mary's, 6-1, in an exhibition before battling No. 13 (Division II) Fresno Pacific in a 7-2 loss… the doubles tandems of Tracy Beblie and Rafael Martinez, along with Patrick Johnson and Andrew Amor, won points for the Hawks against the Sunbirds.

SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels enter Saturday's match with a 4-1 overall record after having matches against UCLA and UC Riverside washed out last weekend… Saint Mary's hasn't competed since Feb. 1 when it lost to No. 12 California, 4-0… freshman Nathan Lewis and sophomore Thomas Alexander Hunt have opened with 4-1 dual match records in singles play while Wil Martin and Joakim Norstrom have been stellar at the top of the lineup in doubles with a 4-1 mark.

SERIES NOTES: Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting with Holy Names in men's tennis, but the second meeting in any sport between the Aggies and Hawks after the UC Davis men's basketball team posted an 80-54 win on Nov. 11… the Aggies and Gaels have met in every season since UC Davis made the jump to Division I in 2007-08, but Saturday will mark the first time that the two teams will meet in Davis after the first six meetings were held in Moraga… the Aggies are 0-6 against Saint Mary's in that span.

WE SHALL WCC: UC Davis will get a fifth crack at defeating a team from the West Coast Conference when it faces Saint Mary's on Saturday after falling in its first four tries in battles with Santa Clara (L, 4-3), Pacific (L, 6-1), San Francisco (L, 4-3), and Loyola Marymount (L, 4-2). Not counting league newcomer Pacific, which is in its first season of WCC competition this year, the Aggies will look to snap a four-match losing streak (and stem a skid that includes 12 of the last 13) against the WCC dating back to a 4-3 win at LMU on April 19 of last season.

BRYCE YOURSELF: Freshman Bryce McKelvie has had the hot hand, if you will, for the Aggies as of late, posting a pair of dual match wins since breaking into the lineup and winning his last three singles contests overall dating back to the fall -- the longest active winning streak of any UC Davis player entering this weekend. With his triumphs, McKelvie improved to 7-4 overall on the season, tied for fourth on the team in singles wins.

LUCKY "13": Sophomore Brett Bacharach and freshman James Wade each posted straight-set wins in the Aggies' victory over UC Riverside to open the team's conference slate. The duo each earned their team-best 13th singles triumphs of the season -- a career high for Bacharach, who finished 11-10 as a freshman in 2013 -- to stand just one win back of Kyle Miller's team-best mark of 14 singles victories set as a junior last season. With two wins this weekend, both Bacharach and Wade could post the most singles wins by an Aggie since Daniel Elefant (17) and Nick Lopez (15) in 2007-08.

WADE-ING INTO THE WINNING END: Wade won for the fifth time in his last six singles contests with a straight-set, 7-6, 6-4, victory over UC Riverside's Cooper Bridge (the reigning Big West Athlete of the Week), improving him to a team-best 4-1 in dual match play this season.

HE… COULD… GO… ALL… THE… WAY…: When it comes to marathons in singles play, the Aggies have performed well in 2013-14, posting a combined 24-14 record in three-set matches thus far this season. Sophomore Brett Bacharach has the most experience, going to three sets eight times this season while posting a team-high five victories. Freshmen Alec Adamson and James Wade have each played six, three-set matches this year, finishing 4-2 and 3-3, respectively.

THREE-SET RECORDS:
Brett Bacharach: 5-3
Alec Adamson: 4-2
Kyle Miller: 3-2
Bryce McKelvie: 3-3
James Wade: 3-3
Parker Kelley: 2-1
Mitch Thorp: 2-1
Adam Levie: 1-0
Adam Luba: 1-0

SKID SNAPPED: With their win at No. 3 doubles against UC Riverside, the duo of McKelvie and Miller gave the Aggies their first dual match doubles win of any kind in 2014, besting the Highlanders' pairing of Julian Ruffin and Marcus Vizcarra, 8-3. Entering the day, UC Davis had been 0-8 in dual match doubles after going a combined 31-15 in doubles matches during the fall season.

RECYCLED NOTES...
AGGIES AT-A-GLANCE: UC Davis returns six letter winners off of last season's squad that finished 8-13 overall and 1-5 in Big West Conference play. Three of the top-six players in the Aggies' lineup from 2013 return, led by senior Kyle Miller, who leads all returners with 14 singles victories at the No. 2 spot in the lineup a season ago en route to All-Big West Second Team honors in singles and second-team honors in doubles with partner Adam Luba. Senior Parker Kelley, an All-Big West Honorable Mention singles selection who was 12-8 in singles playing at mostly the No. 3 spot, and sophomore Brett Bacharach, who was 11-10 mainly at the No. 4 position, also finished with double digits in victories.

HEAD COACH Eric Steidlmayer: Entering his second season at the helm of the Aggies, Eric Steidlmayer sparked a three-match improvement in the win column for the Aggies in 2013, moving up from a 5-15 record in 2011-12 to last year's 8-13 mark. Steidlmayer, who was an assistant coach at UC Davis for two seasons from 1997-98 while receiving his master's degree in economics, joined the Aggies after posting a 182-108 overall record in 14 years as a head coach at UC San Diego, coaching five All-America selections and leading the Tritons to 12 consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearances, including a national semifinal appearance in 2007 and a 20-0 record during the 2011 regular season.

HIGH-CLASS UNDERCLASS: UC Davis will head into battle with a youthful lineup that features six underclassmen on its nine-man roster, including a trio of freshmen. Rookies Alec Adamson and James Wade were among the top 50 players in the nation, ranked No. 34 and No. 45, respectively -- including standing among the top 15 players in California at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively. The Aggies' class, which also included four-star recruit Bryce McKelvie, received a vote among TennisRecruiting.net's top-25 men's recruiting classes for 2013 and No. 15 among the website's mid-major classes.

MEN'S TENNIS SIGNS TWO TO LETTERS OF INTENT: UC Davis head men's tennis coach Eric Steidlmayer announced that Tommy Lam and Everett Maltby have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Aggies beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Lam joins UC Davis from Hong Kong, where he was ranked as high as No. 17 in the country in 2012 and was a member of the Hong Kong Boys 16-and-under team that placed ninth at the Junior Davis Cup that year. He twice captured the Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships in singles in 2008 and 2010 and helped the Diocesan Boys' School team to a pair of Inter-School Tennis Competition Division I championships.

His brother, Kelvin, is currently a sophomore on the men's tennis team at Harvard.

"Tommy has extensive international experience, solid strokes, and is a good doubles player with quick, soft hands," Steidlmayer said. "We think Tommy has good ability now, has high upside potential, and we are expecting him to continue to work on and improve his game over the next 10 months."

Maltby is a four-star recruit from Sunnyvale, Calif., and is entering his senior season at Archbishop Mitty HS. He won his second-consecutive West Catholic Athletic League doubles title and earned All-WCAL First-Team honors in 2013. This past fall, he placed third in both the the Boys' 18 singles and doubles competitions at the USTA National Regional Championship in Palo Alto, Calif., and earned the tournament's Sportsmanship Award as well.

"Everett is a good all-court player, who has consistently improved his level over the past few years," Steidlmayer said. "He has the potential to play an aggressive game, set up by a solid serve and aggressive forehand. We really like him as a person and a player and we think he is a great fit for us at UC Davis."