Feb. 22, 2013
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Feb. 15 at San Francisco: L, 5-2
Feb. 17 at Saint Mary's: L, 6-1
THIS WEEK'S MATCH
Saturday, Feb. 23
Causeway Classic: Sacramento State (1-5) at UC Davis Aggies (4-5)
Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.) - 1:30 p.m.
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis returns to the Marya Welch Tennis Center for the first time in nearly a month to face rival Sacramento State in Saturday's 1:30 p.m. Causeway Classic.
Victorious in three of four matches prior to last week's action, the Aggies will look to return to their winning ways against a Sacramento State team that is looking to earn its first win since defeating UC Irvine on Jan. 19.
The Hornets have lost their last three straight dual matches, falling to Hawai'i (5-2), San Francisco (6-1) and No. 37 Santa Clara (5-2) in the past weeks. Before recording that lone victory against the Anteaters, the Hornets also lost to Hawai'i Pacific and No. 10 Stanford.
Even though 11 members grace Sacramento State's roster, only six players have seen action this season. Marek Marksoo and Niranjan Ram each lead the Hornets with three singles wins, with the former also sporting a team-high four doubles victories with partner Aliaksandr Malko in the No. 1 spot.
Conversely, the Aggies possess a deeper and more versatile roster with 10 different players recording results for head coach Eric Steidlmayer this season.
One of two players to lead the team with a 6-3 singles record, Kyle Miller has competed in the No. 2 slot for UC Davis in all nine dual matches.
Also holding a 6-3 individual record, Brett Bacharach has earned five wins as the Aggies' No. 4 competitor, earning another victory in his only match as a No. 3 player.
A testament to the type of talent that graces this year's lineup, five UC Davis players have three or more singles wins to their credit entering Saturday's match versus the Hornets.
Victorious in seven of his combined doubles matches, Alec Haley has helped the Aggies with three matches as their No. 2 doubles team when partnered with Parker Kelley, and another two alongside Kyle Miller.
Coaching his inaugural Causeway clash, Steidlmayer and his Aggie men's tennis team will look to earn its first win over Sacramento State since its 4-3 road triumph on March 4, 2006.