Feb. 19, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis freshman James Wade was named the Big West Conference men's tennis athlete of the week on Wednesday afternoon after helping the Aggies to a perfect 3-0 weekend.
It is the first career honor for Wade and the first for a UC Davis men's tennis player since teammate Kyle Miller earned weekly accolades from the league on Feb. 27 of last season after sweeping his singles and doubles matches against Causeway rival Sacramento State.
In three singles matches over the weekend, Wade surrendered just eight games en route to a 3-0 record, earning a trio of straight-set victories over opponents from Holy Names, Saint Mary's, and Sacramento State, to extend his personal winning streak in singles to five straight.
Wade opened with a 6-4, 6-0, triumph at No. 3 over the Hawks' Brook Workeneh, following that up with a rout of the Gaels' Alex Hunt, 6-1, 6-1, to finish off the doubleheader on Feb. 15. In a battle for Causeway Cup points on Feb. 16, Wade duplicated his effort against Saint Mary's, defeating Oliver Andersen, 6-1, 6-1, to help UC Davis end a seven-match losing streak to the Hornets.
The freshman from San Marino, Calif. (San Marino HS), improved to 7-1 in dual singles this season (16-5 overall), helping lead an Aggies' squad that has won four-straight heading into this weekend's clash at No. 2 USC on Friday (Feb. 21) after starting the spring with an 0-4 mark. Wade's 16 wins are the most since Daniel Elefant claimed 17 singles victories in 2007-08.