Three duals, doubles tourney make it a busy week for Aggies

Feb. 28, 2017

UC Davis (5-4) at Fresno State (6-4)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Wathen Tennis Center
Fresno, Calif.

UC Davis (5-4) at Loyola Marymount (3-5)
Thursday, March 2, 2017
9:00 a.m.
LMU Tennis Center
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live Scoring | Live Video

UC Davis at 128th Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships
Thurs.-Sun., March 2-5, 2017
All Day
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tournament Draws

UC Davis (5-4) vs. William & Mary (6-5)
Sunday, March 5, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Surf & Turf Tennis Club
Del Mar, Calif.

FIRST SERVE: The UC Davis men's tennis team will make stops up and down the state of California this week, heading south for three dual matches and an appearance in the 128th annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. The Aggies open on Wednesday (March 1) with a 2 p.m. first serve at Fresno State, before taking on Loyola Marymount on Thursday (March 2) at 9 a.m. UC Davis then opens play at the doubles tournament, which runs from March 2-5, before closing out the weekend with a dual against William & Mary on Sunday (March 5) at the Surf & Turf Tennis Club in Del Mar, Calif., at Noon.

IN THE POLLS: Neither Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, William & Mary, nor UC Davis, are ranked in the latest ITA Tennis team rankings released on Feb. 28... William & Mary's Aidan Talcott is the lone ranked singles player among the Aggies' dual match opponents this week, standing No. 119 in the nation.

FOLLOW ME!: Fans of UC Davis men's tennis can follow them on the program's official social media platforms: search for UC Davis Men's Tennis on Facebook and follow the team on Twitter -- and get live in-match results for selected matches -- at @UCDavisMTennis.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Fresno State enters the week with a 6-4 dual match mark this spring and will not play until they host UC Davis on Wednesday in a match that was originally scheduled for Jan. 21, but was postponed due to rain... The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of nail-biting 4-3 victories over Loyola Marymount and Arizona -- the team's third and fourth duals decided by a single point... Fresno State has a trio of players with five dual wins thus far this season, led by Xander Veys, who is 5-3 overall and has played all but one of his duals at the No. 1 spot in the singles lineup... Euan McIntosh has played at the top spot in the doubles lineup with two different partners, posting a 5-3 mark.

ABOUT THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the week with a 3-5 record in duals this spring and will not play before hosting UC Davis... The Lions snapped a three-match skid with a 5-2 victory over Arizona on Feb. 26, and have also posted wins over Army and Yale this season... Freshman Gabriel Diaz Freire leads the team with a 6-2 dual mark in singles, winning his last three straight while playing at three different spots in the LMU lineup... The tandem of Nick Borchenko and Max Kaiser has posted a 3-2 mark in the top spot in the Lions' doubles ladder.

ABOUT THE TRIBE: William & Mary entered the week with a 6-5 overall record in duals heading into a match against St. John's on Tuesday (Feb. 28)... The Tribe has won back-to-back games against George Washington and DePaul heading into the week, both by identical, 5-2, scores... Damon Niquet (11-8) and Aidan Talcott (10-7) both enter the week with double-digit wins overall, the latter posting a 6-4 mark at the top spot in singles... Talcott and Ryan Newman have teamed up for a 5-6 record as the top doubles team in duals this year, entering the week with an 11-10 mark together overall.

SERIES NOTES: According to records dating back to the 1996-97 season, UC Davis is still searching for its first win over Fresno State, going 0-8 against the Bulldogs in that span, including an 0-3 mark in the program's Division I Era, with the last result coming in 2014 after last year's meeting in Davis, Calif., was washed out due to rain... The Aggies are 3-4 all-time against Loyola Marymount, including a 2-3 mark in the Division I Era, but have not faced one another since 2015 when UC Davis posted a 4-3 win on the road in Los Angeles... Sunday's dual with William & Mary will mark the first meeting between the Aggies and The Tribe in men's tennis.

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 is the second-oldest tennis event in the United States and was the first held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, Calif., 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 features top collegiate tennis players from across the country, as well as a field of independent competitors which include teaching professionals, top junior players, college coaches, and former tour players.

David Goulak / Eli Whittle (UCD) vs. (8) Peter Smith / Colter Smith
(9) Bryce McKelvie / James Wade (UCD) vs. Fernando Bogajo Fernandez / Christian Kontaxis
Everett Maltby / Jesse Ross (UCD) vs. Guilherme Galvao / Tom Hill (PEP)
(7) Alec Adamson / Tommy Lam (UCD) vs. Alexandre Thirouin / Nicolas M. de Quesada (BC)
(9) Michael Meyer / Brett Bacharach vs. Vincent Anzalone / Serjen Olmedo (TOL)

AHOY, LA JOLLA!: UC Davis will be competing at the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships for the fifth straight year since head coach Eric Steidlmayer took over the program in 2012. An Aggie team has advanced to, at least, the round of 32 in each of the past four seasons, including an appearance in the main draw semifinals by Brett Bacharach and Bryce McKelvie in 2015.