Men’s tennis prepares to face No. 2 Stanford

Feb. 21, 2018


UC Davis (4-8) at Stanford (8-1)
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Taube Family Tennis Center
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Palo Alto, Calif.

DAVIS, Calif. — The UC Davis men’s tennis team went 2-1 at the Marya Welch Tennis Center last weekend after a shutout of Sonoma State, 7-0, and a win over Saint Mary’s, 4-1, while coming close to getting a third win against Santa Clara’s team, 4-3. This weekend, the Aggies are scheduled to go up against tough competition as they take on No. 2-ranked Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Center on Friday (Feb. 23), starting at 2 p.m.

LOOKING BACK- WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS: To recap on the action that took place in the three-match homestead, UC Davis scored a 7-0 victory over Sonoma State after tandems Jonathan Star and Chethan Swanson, as well as Ivan Thamma and Everett Maltby, helped the Aggies seal the 1-0 lead going into singles. The lead ended up not making a difference in the grand scheme of things as UC Davis went on to win at all six singles positions over the Seawolves. In the Saint Mary’s matchup, the Aggies secured the doubles point once again at the No. 1 and No. 2 position, followed by winning three of four finished matches to reach their 4-1 mark over the Gaels. In the Sunday dual against the Broncos, Thamma and senior Tommy Lam both won their singles matches in straight-sets against opponents Robert Seby and Vasileios Iliopoulos, respectively.

TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: According to the ITA rankings released on Feb. 20, Stanford is ranked No. 2 as a team, behind Wake Forest, while UC Davis remains unranked. In individual rankings for singles play, the Palo Alto, Calif., university has five of their 13 players ranked among the Top 125: Tom Fawcett (14th), Axel Geller (34th), Jack Barber (87th), Sameer Kumar (91st), and Eric Fomba (120th). For doubles play, the Cardinal has two tandems ranked among the top 60: Tom Fawcett and Axel Geller (27th), and Sameer Kumar and Michael Genender (36th).

ABOUT THE CARDINAL: Stanford is currently 8-1 overall for the dual season, where they remained undefeated up until their most recent matchup against No. 1 Wake Forest last weekend, which concluded at a close 4-3 score. During the 2016-2017 season, Stanford finished with a 18-9 overall record, and with a No. 16 ranking.

LOOKING BACK- UC DAVIS vs. STANFORD: The last time the Aggies and the Cardinal met on the courts together was during the 2016 dual season, where host Stanford took both the doubles point, as well as the first three singles matches to shutout UC Davis in the visiting team’s season opener.

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