Packed Dual Match Weekend Ahead for Aggies

Senior Parker Kelley became the fifth Aggie to win 10-or-more singles matches this season with his victory against Villanova last weekend.

March 4, 2014

March 2 vs. Villanova: W, 7-0

UC Davis (5-5) at Fresno State (4-7)
March 8, 2014
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center
Fresno, Calif.
1:00 p.m.

UC Davis (5-5) vs. Montana (3-3)
March 9, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
10:00 a.m.

UC Davis (5-5) vs. Sonoma State (1-4)
March 9, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
3:00 p.m.

FIRST SERVE: After a rainy stay in San Diego, the UC Davis men's tennis team (5-5 overall) will pack in a schedule of three duals in two days this weekend. The Aggies, who haven't played at home in close to a month, close out their road swing at Fresno State on Saturday (March 8) at 1 p.m., before returning to the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Sunday (March 9), welcoming Montana and Sonoma State for a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m.

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HOME, SWEET HOME: Sunday's doubleheader will mark the first time since Feb. 15 that the Aggies will have the opportunity to play in front of the hometown faithful, opening a string of five-straight matches at home and a stretch that will see UC Davis play eight of their final 11 matches during the regular season at the Marya Welch Tennis Center prior to the Big West Conference Championships on April 24-27.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs enter the week with a 4-7 overall record and are coming off a 4-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 23 in their last outing… Fresno State is 2-0 against the Big West thus far this season, adding a 4-3 win over Cal Poly to open the spring schedule… sophomore Nikolas Papic leads the team with a 6-3 dual match record at the Nos. 4-6 position in the lineup and has teammates with Ethan Lopez to produce a 4-1 record in doubles play.



SCOUTING MONTANA: The Grizzlies enter the week with a 3-3 overall record, having won three straight over Gonzaga, Portland State, and Sacramento State… Montana will take on Nevada and Grand Canyon University in Reno before heading to UC Davis… sophomore Semion Branzburg leads the Grizzlies with a 13-4 overall singles record, including a 5-1 mark in dual match play at the No. 4 position… freshman Peter Mimnagh-Fleming has also posted double-digit singles wins at 10-6 overall, including 2-3 in dual matches.

SCOUTING SONOMA STATE: The Seawolves enter the week with a 1-4 overall record and are itching to get back on the court after having five matches cancelled or postponed by weather… Sunday's meeting with the Aggies was originally scheduled for Feb. 8 as part of a doubleheader with UC Riverside… senior Matt Roberts leads the team with six singles wins this season and a 2-3 dual match record at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.

SERIES NOTES: Dating back to the 1996-97 season, the Aggies are a perfect 18-0 against Sonoma State, but they have struggled against both Fresno State and Montana, posting records of 0-7 and 0-5, respectively, against those two schools.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: UC Davis' ninth-seeded duo of freshman Alec Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie teamed up to reach the round of 32 at the 125th annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, before helping the Aggies to a 7-0 shutout of Villanova last weekend in San Diego. Adamson and Levie won their first two matches before falling to one of the tournament's No. 1 seeds in the round of 32 in Max De Vroome and Kaes Van't Hof. Following tournament play, the Aggies went on to post wins in eight of the nine scheduled matches on the day -- including five of the six singles matches in straight sets -- en route to a sweep of the Wildcats.

"0" YES!: A week after suffering its first shutout in 24 matches, the Aggies rebounded to post its first 7-0 victory since shutting out UC Riverside on April 20, 2013.

FIVE FOR 10 (OR MORE): No, it's not the latest deal from your favorite eatery. Senior Parker Kelley became the fifth Aggie to win 10-or-more singles matches this season when he shut down Villanova's Tim Abbracciamento, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot in UC Davis' win over the Wildcats, improving to 10-11 overall (4-5 in dual matches) in singles play this season. Kelley has won four of his last five singles contests, splitting time at four different spots in the lineup this spring. He joins James Wade (17), Brett Bacharach (16), Alec Adamson (13), and Adam Levie (11), as Aggies with double-digit singles wins this season.

DOUBLES UP: The Aggies' duo of freshman Alec Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie are on a bit of a roll following UC Davis' trip south to San Diego, improving to 15-6 as a doubles tandem this season (3-5 in dual matches at the No. 1 position) and winning each of their last three doubles contests dating back to the Aggies' win over Sacramento State on Feb. 16. Last weekend in San Diego, the ninth-seeded duo defeated Jan Gleisner and Jordan Lomas, 8-4, and Boston College's Jonathan Raude and Alexandre Thirouin, 8-4, before falling in the round of 32 to one of the tournament's top seeds. Adamson and Levie then bounced back to help UC Davis to a win over Villanova, posting an 8-2 win over Thomas O'Brien and Kelly Donaldson.

JUST KEEP WINNING, JUST KEEP WINNING: Freshman James Wade won for the ninth time in his last 11 matches last week against Villanova, improving to a team-best 17-6 overall in singles play this season and an incredible 8-2 in dual matches this spring -- the most since Daniel Elefant claimed the same number of singles wins during the 2007-08 campaign. One more victory this weekend will give Wade the most by an Aggie since Greg Lee finished 26-5 en route to ITA All-America honors and a final No. 12 national ranking in 2003.

#WINNING: Dating back to the 1996-97 season, Wade's 17 wins rank third among Aggie singles players for a single season, standing behind Lee's 26 wins in 2002-03 and his 19 wins a season earlier in 2001-02. Not to be outdone, Brett Bacharach's 16 victories also rank among the top 10, standing in a three-way tie for seventh. In doubles, Adamson and Levie's 15 wins rank fourth in that same timespan, nine back of the 24 matches won by the duo of Lee and Paul Dilloway in 2002-03 en route to ITA All-America honors.

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 29-17 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 (sorted by wins):
Brett Bacharach: 6-3 (.667)
Kyle Miller: 4-2 (.667)
Alec Adamson: 4-3 (.571)
Adam Levie: 3-1 (.750)
Bryce McKelvie: 3-3 (.500)
James Wade: 3-3 (.500)
Adam Luba: 2-0 (1.000)
Parker Kelley: 2-1 (.667)
Mitch Thorp: 2-1 (.667)

 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'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."