Aggies Break Briefly From Duals for Doubles Competition

Freshman Alec Adamson (pictured) and teammate Adam Levie are a No. 9 seed at this weekend's Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif.
 
Freshman Alec Adamson (pictured) and teammate Adam Levie are a No. 9 seed at this weekend's Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif.
 

Feb. 25, 2014

RECENT RESULTS…
Feb. 21 at #2 USC: L, 7-0

NEXT UP…
125th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship
Feb. 27-March 2, 2014
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Game Coverage: Complete Draws & Results

UC Davis (4-5) vs. Villanova
March 2, 2014
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
2 p.m.

FIRST SERVE: The UC Davis men's tennis team (4-5 overall) will take a short break from the rigors of dual match play this week, returning to Southern California to take part in the second-oldest tennis event in the United States -- the 125th annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships -- held at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif. The four-day event begins on Thursday (Feb. 27) and runs through the weekend.

Following the event, the Aggies return to dual match play, taking on Villanova on Sunday (March 2) at 2 p.m., in La Jolla, to close out the weekend.

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.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: Featuring some of the nation's top collegiate doubles teams, as well as a strong field of independent tandems, the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships were first held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, Calif., and was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula. The original concept for the event was to pit the best players from the East against those from the West and served as the inspiration for the present day Davis Cup. Past winners of the event include such luminaries as Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, and John McEnroe, among many other world-class champions. The event moved to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 1943.


 

 

THE FIELD: Among the teaching professionals, junior players, college coaches, and former tour players, the field features doubles teams from 17 intercollegiate squads: Boston College, Claremont-McKenna-Mudd-Scripps College, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Rice, St. John's, San Diego State, Stanford, California, UCLA, UC San Diego, UNLV, San Diego, USC, Villanova, and William & Mary, along with UC Davis.

PLANTING THE SEED: UC Davis' duo of freshman Alec Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie are one of 16 No. 9 seeds in the 128-team tournament, along with Head Coach Eric Steidlmayer and Assistant Coach Michael Meyer.

OPENING DAY SCHEDULE: The opening day matches for the Aggies are listed below. Complete draws and results will be posted here as they become available: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=138252

FRIDAY (Feb. 28)
Parker Kelley/Mitch Thorp (UCD) vs. Lucas Hejhal/Vaidik Munshaw (St. John's), 8 a.m.
Michael Meyer/Eric Steidlmayer (Independent) vs. Matt Campbell/Lucas Gerch (Oklahoma State), 9 a.m.
Adam Luba/Kyle Miller (UCD) vs. Linus Grasel/Daniel Minami (Independent), 10 a.m.
Brett Bacharach/James Wade (UCD) vs. Robbie Bellamy/Michael Grant (USC), 11 a.m.
Alec Adamson/Adam Levie (UCD) vs. Jan Gleisner/Jordan Lomas (Independent), 11:30 a.m.

SCOUTING VILLANOVA: The Wildcats enter the week with an 0-3 record after opening the spring with losses to Bryant University, Dartmouth, and William & Mary… Villanova will also have duals against Claremont-McKenna-Mudd-Scripps College, Point Loma Nazarene, Whittier College, and UC Riverside, on the docket as well during its week-plus stay in Southern California… senior Thomas O'Brien leads the Wildcats with an 8-3 overall singles record, while freshman Bradley Boyes (7-2) and junior Mark Miller (7-5) are right behind him in the win column… O'Brien and teammate Kelly Donaldson have combined to post a 12-1 record in doubles play this season, including a trio of championships in the fall.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Facing perhaps its toughest test of the season on the road, the Aggies fell to the No. 2 team in the nation, USC, by the score of 7-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs at the Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles. The defeat ended UC Davis' season-best four match winning streak as the Trojans took eight of the nine matches played on the day.

"0" NO!: The Aggies shutout loss to the Trojans last week was the program's first since Feb. 3, 2013, when UC Davis fell at Portland by the same score -- a span of 24 matches.

WADE-ING INTO THE WINNING END: Wade won for the eighth time in his last 10 singles contests with his victory against Sacramento State, as the freshman stands 16-6 overall on the year and a team-best 7-2 in dual matches this spring. The 16 wins are the most for an Aggie since Daniel Elefant claimed 17 singles wins during the 2007-08 campaign.

FOUR FOR 10 (OR MORE): Thanks to Adam Levie's dual match clinching victory against Sacramento State, the Aggies now have a quartet of players with 10-or-more wins in singles play as the sophomore improved to 10-6 overall (1-2 in dual matches) in 2013-14. Wade (16), Bacharach (15), and Adamson (12), all join him in double figures with Parker Kelley (9-10 overall) and Kyle Miller (9-13 overall) knocking on the door.

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 28-17 record in three-set matches thus far this season. Sophomore Brett Bacharach has the most experience, going to three sets nine times this season while posting a team-high six victories. Freshmen Alec Adamson and James Wade have each played seven, three-set matches this year, finishing 4-3 and 3-3, respectively.

THREE-SET RECORDS:
Brett Bacharach: 6-3
Kyle Miller: 4-2
Alec Adamson: 4-3
Bryce McKelvie: 3-3
James Wade: 3-3
Adam Luba: 2-0
Parker Kelley: 2-1
Mitch Thorp: 2-1
Adam Levie: 2-1

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.

WADE WINS WEEKLY HONORS: UC Davis freshman James Wade was named the Big West Conference men's tennis athlete of the week on Feb. 19 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.

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."