UC Davis Heads South for Doubles and Team Competition

Hugo Verdi-Fortin is one of 10 Aggies that will compete at this weekend's Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship

Feb. 26, 2013


Feb. 23 vs. Sacramento State: L, 4-3


Thursday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 3
Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (La Jolla, Calif.) - All Day

Tournament Website 

Sunday, March 3
UC Davis (4-6) vs. Villanova (0-3)
Peninsula Tennis Club (San Diego, Calif.) - 2 p.m. 

Monday, March 4
UC Davis vs. Boston College (4-2)
Northview Tennis Courts (La Jolla, Calif.) - 2 p.m.

DAVIS, Calif. - Doubles matches against top-caliber competition and a visit to familiar territory will take place throughout UC Davis' weekend in San Diego, one that includes action at the 124th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship and two matches against Villanova on Sunday, March 3, and Boston College on Monday, March 4.

Both dual matches will begin at 2 p.m.

Featuring many of the best NCAA men's college tennis teams in the country, and a strong field of independent players, Doubles Championship competition from the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club will begin on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Spectators can watch the action for free throughout the four-day tournament, however, parking is available on club grounds for a nominal fee.

Tournament participants include: UC Davis, Boston College, Cal, Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Fresno State, Furman, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Rice, San Diego, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Central Florida, UNLV, USC, University of Toledo and Villanova.

Adam Luba and Kyle Miller are the first Aggies to see action and will face the independent team of Esteban and Isaac Altuna Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Toki Sherbakov and Adam Levie, UC Davis' other doubles team scheduled to compete in the event's opening day, will battle San Diego's Jakob Karnopp and Victor Pugliese a 4 p.m.

Aggie pairings competing in the inaugural round of matches the following day include Mitch Thorp and Hugo Verdi-Fortin with their 8 a.m. match; Brett Bacharach and George Horowitz will also see action for the first time on Friday at 9:45 a.m.

Thorp and Verdi Fortin drew Cal's Tyler Brown and Mads Engstead, with Bacharach and Horowitz slated to face Villanova's Ryan Peyton and Christopher Seitz.

Alec Haley and Parker Kelley will square-off against San Diego State's Thorsten Bertsch and Marvin Tawasi at 10 a.m. on Friday; in addition to this duo, Sherbakov and Levie also occupy positions in the same half of the tournament's bracket.

In all, 64 matches involving 128 pairings will take place throughout the tournament's opening round. 

What would otherwise occupy a weekend as-is, the United States Tennis Association's championship is a precursor for another two events involving UC Davis men's tennis that are scheduled to take place throughout the subsequent days.

A 0-3 Villanova men's tennis team will compete against the Aggies in the first of two dual matches scheduled on consecutive days, another non-conference contest against Boston College will take place before UC Davis returns home to open a five-match homestead the following week.

Led by Tim Abbracciamento, who possesses an undefeated 3-0 singles record, Villanova lost its first two matches at Navy and Lehigh by identical 6-1 scores before falling 4-3 at Delaware last Sunday. 

Before facing UC Davis, Villanova will battle Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday, March 2. 

Leading the Wildcats' doubles roster are Peyton and Chris Seitz - Bacharach and Horowitz's opponent in Friday's opening match at the Doubles Championship. The only Villanova pair with a winning record, the team is responsible for two of their team's three doubles victories. 

Sunday's competition against Boston College will also double as a homecoming for UC Davis' coaching staff when the Aggies face the Eagles at the Northview Tennis Courts on the campus of UC San Diego. 

Returning for the first time since arriving to Davis last summer, UC Davis head coach Eric Steidlmayer and assistant coach Michael Meyer will return to their alma mater albeit, in different roles.

Steidlmayer spent the last 14 seasons serving as UC San Diego's head men's tennis coach before taking the helm of UC Davis' men's program, Meyer was a three-year captain for the host Tritons and played as either the No. 1 or No. 2 singles from 1999-2003.

Entering with a formidable 4-2 record, every victory earned by Boston College this season has taken place on its home courts. Outside of the Flynn Recreation Complex, the Eagles have dropped both matches played.

Boston College opened its season with consecutive wins against Southern New Hampshire, Bryant and Sacred Hart before falling to Binghamton and No. 59 Dartmouth. In its last appearance, the Eagles captured all seven points to sweep Hartford.

Possessing five, four and three singles wins respectively against one loss each, Kyle Childree, Michael McGinnis and Billy Grokenberger lead a BC team that compiled a .750 singles winning percentage by earning victories in 27 of 36 matches.