Men's tennis co-hosts Golden State Invitational this weekend

March 7, 2018


UC Davis co-hosts Golden State Invitational
Fri.-Sun., March 9-11, 2018
Marya Welch Tennis Center / Sacramento State Collegiate Courts
Davis, Calif. / Sacramento, Calif.
Participating Teams: UC Davis, Sacramento State, Grand Canyon, Hawai’i, Nevada, Saint Mary’s, Seattle, UT Arlington
Golden State Invitational Tournament Page

DAVIS, Calif. — Coming off a close win over Boise State and an appearance at the 2018 Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championships last weekend in Southern California, the UC Davis men’s tennis team remains local to co-host the third annual Golden State Invitational at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Sharing the host duties with Sacramento State, play in Davis kicks off this Friday at 10 a.m. with the Grand Canyon and Nevada matchup, while the Aggies open their tournament run with Seattle later in the day at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, tournament play at the Davis site will continue with matches beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., while on Sunday, the placement matches are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. start times.

Aside from hosts UC Davis and Sacramento State, the other six teams making an appearance at this tournament are Grand Canyon, Hawai’i Nevada, Saint Mary’s, Seattle, and UT Arlington. The Aggies have only met with Saint Mary’s team during the dual season, where they defeated the Gaels, 4-1, after scoring both the doubles point and the No. 2-6 singles matches; however, at this tournament season’s Aggie Invitational, UC Davis also met on the courts with the Wolf Pack.


Friday, March 9
MATCH 1: UT Arlington vs. Saint Mary’s, 10 a.m. (at Sacramento State)
MATCH 2: Grand Canyon vs. Nevada, 10 a.m. (at UC Davis)
MATCH 3: Hawai’i at Sacramento State, 1 p.m.
MATCH 4: Seattle at UC Davis, 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 10
MATCH 5: Loser of Match #1 vs. Loser of Match #2, 12 p.m. (at Sacramento State)
MATCH 6: Winner of Match #1 vs. Winner of Match #2, 3 p.m. (at Sacramento State)
MATCH 7: Loser of Match #3 vs. Loser of Match #4, 10 a.m. (at UC Davis)
MATCH 8: Winner of Match #3 vs. Winner of Match #4, 2 p.m. (at UC Davis)

Sunday, March 11
MATCH 9: 3rd Place - Loser of Match #6 vs. Loser of Match #8, 9 a.m. (at Sacramento State)
MATCH 10: Championship - Winner of Match #6 vs. Winner of Match #8, 12 p.m. (at Sacramento State) 
MATCH 11: 7th Place - Loser of Match #5 vs. Loser of Match #7, 9 a.m. (at UC Davis)
MATCH 12: 5th Place- Winner of Match #5 vs. Winner of Match 37, 1 p.m. (at UC Davis)

Sacramento State enters this weekend with a 2-7 overall record, winning their most recent match against Eastern Washington, 6-1, after seeing three prior match losses, two of which were against this weekend’s tournament participants Grand Canyon and Nevada.

UT Arlington’s team is currently 7-4 overall, but will be subject to change after their matchup with Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon. The Mavericks saw a five-game winning streak starting at the beginning of February, but in their most recent recorded match, they lost to Tulsa’s team by a close 4-3 score.

Saint Mary’s team is 2-7 overall prior to this weekend’s tournament, with their last win coming from their 4-3 victory over Grand Canyon; however, the Gaels faced a tough weekend after losing both matches last weekend against Big West Conference universities UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.

Hawai’i, the only Big West Conference school aside from UC Davis scheduled to participate at the Golden State Invitational, have yet to tally a win for the 2018 dual season.

Nevada’s team holds a 7-2 overall record entering this weekend’s tournament, counting two consecutive losses to both Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount before pushing through to shutout Eastern Washington in their most recent dual match. Leading the scoreboard for the Wolf Pack in singles play are Julian Evrard, Robert Margitfalvi, and Jeremy Merville, each with five wins apiece, while in doubles play, Evard and Kostya Nesterenko lead their team with a 10-4 record.

Grand Canyon is 7-4 overall for the dual season, which includes a win over Sacramento State, but a loss against Saint Mary’s team. Gregorie Balenci leads the Antelopes with eight singles wins, while tandem Lorenzo Fucile and Mathieu Rajaonah have contributed 10 doubles wins thus far.

Seattle is currently even in wins and losses with a 6-6 record after losing their last two matches against neighboring universities Washington and Portland State. The Redhawk’s Colton Weeldreyer holds the most singles wins on the team with eight, while Jeremial Kalmus trails close behind with seven singles wins.

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