Aggies and Hornets Meet in #CausewayCup Clash

UC Davis and Sacramento State clash on Sunday in a crucial Causeway Cup match-up.
 
UC Davis and Sacramento State clash on Sunday in a crucial Causeway Cup match-up.
 

Feb. 15, 2014

RECENT RESULTS…
Feb. 15 vs. Holy Names: W, 6-1
Feb. 15 vs. Saint Mary's: W, 4-2

NEXT UP...
UC Davis (3-4) at Sacramento State (2-3)
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
1 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif. | Rio Del Oro Racket Club

FIRST SERVE: Riding a three-match winning streak following its doubleheader sweep on Saturday, the UC Davis men's tennis team carries momentum into its Causeway Cup clash against rival Sacramento State, as the Aggies and Hornets battle on Sunday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m. at the Rio Del Oro Racket Club.

IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, nor Sacramento State, 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 SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets enter the Causeway clash with a 2-3 overall record, coming off a 7-0 shutout of UC Riverside back on Feb. 7… Sacramento State has also defeated BYU-Hawaii (5-2), while falling to Hawaii Pacific (7-0), Hawaii (4-3), and Loyola Marymount (5-2)… Junior Tom Miller leads the way for the Hornets, posting a 4-1 dual match mark at the No. 4 (3-0) and No. 5 (1-1) positions in the lineup… Sacramento State's roster features a decided international flair with nine of the 10 student-athletes hailing from outside the United States.


 

 

SERIES NOTES: The Aggies enter Sunday's match looking to snap a seven-match losing streak to the Hornets since UC Davis swept a pair from Sacramento State during the 2006 season by identical 4-3 scores… last season, the Hornets eked out a 4-3 win over the Aggies in a dual that came down to the third set of No. 1 singles, decided by a 6-4 score, rallying from a 3-1 deficit by winning the final three singles matches of the day… prior to that, Sacramento State had won five-straight dual matches via a 6-1 score… UC Davis, just 2-8 in its last 10 against the Hornets, has lost its last three trips to Sacramento dating back to one of those 4-3 wins in 2006.

CAUSEWAY CUP UPDATE: UC Davis enters Sunday's match leading the race for the 10th annual Causeway Cup, 41.25-23.75, having won the last two head-to-head match-ups with Sacramento State in women's gymnastics on Jan. 31 and softball on Feb. 12. The Aggies lead the Hornets in overall cups, 5-4, including the 2012-13 competition, and are looking to become the first school to repeat as cup championship since they accomplished the feat in 2007-08 and 2008-09. For a complete breakdown on this year's chase, visit: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/ot/causeway-classic-1314.html.

WEEKEND RECAP: The Aggies closed out their six-match homestand on a roll, extending their winning streak to three-consecutive matches with wins over Holy Names (6-1) and Saint Mary's (4-2) on Saturday (Feb. 15) in a doubleheader at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on campus. Freshmen Alec Adamson and James Wade each won a pair of singles matches, while Wade was 3-1 on the day when you include his doubles win with partner Brett Bacharach against the Hawks in the opener.

MAKING THEIR (DOUBLES) POINT: The Aggies claimed the doubles point for the first time this season on Saturday against Holy Names as the tandem of Alec Adamson and Adam Levie at the No. 1 position and Brett Bacharach and James Wade in the No. 3 spot brought home victories to give the Aggies the early lead over the Hawks. The two wins, coupled with a win by Bryce McKelvie and Kyle Miller at No. 3 against Saint Mary's, improved UC Davis to 4-12 in doubles play during duals this season.

BRYCE YOURSELF: With his win over the Gaels' Wil Martin on Saturday, freshman Bryce McKelvie improved to 3-0 in dual matches and won his fourth-consecutive singles match to share honors with teammate James Wade for the longest active winning streaks by an Aggie this season. McKelvie improved to 8-4 overall on the year and is tied for fourth on the team in singles wins along with teammates Parker Kelley (8-10) and Kyle Miller (8-13).

WADE-ING INTO THE WINNING END: Wade won for the seventh time in his last eight singles contests with a pair of straight-set victories over Holy Names' Brook Workeneh (6-4, 6-0) and Saint Mary's Alex Hunt (6-1, 6-1) on Saturday. The wins improved the freshman to 15-5 overall on the season -- the most wins for an Aggie since Nick Lopez (15) in 2007-08 -- and a team-best 6-1 in dual matches.

THORP SHINES IN DUAL DEBUT: In his first action since the Pacific Tiger Invitational during the fall season in November, sophomore Mitch Thorp came through with a win at the No. 6 spot against Holy Names in his 2014 dual match debut, posting a, 6-3, 6-1, win over Jonah Tahilan to help the Aggies to the 6-1 win.

THREE'S A CROWD: As of late, "three" has also been a "win." UC Davis players have won each of their last four matches at the No. 3 position in both the singles and doubles lineup and are 5-2 at that spot in singles overall this spring. Sophomore Brett Bacharach has supplied two of those wins in each of the Aggies last two matches with James Wade (2-1) and Alec Adamson (1-0) also chipping in victories.

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 25-15 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
Adam Luba: 2-0
Parker Kelley: 2-1
Mitch Thorp: 2-1
Adam Levie: 1-1

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."