Homestand Continues With Penguins, Aggies

Sophomore Brett Bacharach has played three sets in each of his last three singles contests and leads the team with 12 three-set matches in 2014.

March 11, 2014

March 8 at Fresno State: L, 5-2
March 9 vs. Montana: W, 6-1
March 9 vs. Sonoma State: W, 7-0

Youngstown State (3-8) at UC Davis (7-6)
March 12, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
1 p.m.

New Mexico State (7-6) at UC Davis (7-6)
March 14, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
2 p.m.

FIRST SERVE: After kicking off its five-match homestand in style with a pair of wins over Montana and Sonoma State last weekend, the UC Davis men's tennis team looks to extend that streak with a pair of matches at the Marya Welch Tennis Center this week. The Aggies welcome Youngstown State on Wednesday afternoon (March 12) at 1 p.m., before New Mexico State comes to Northern California on Friday (March 14) at 2 p.m.

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HOME, SWEET HOME: The Aggies' two matches this week continue a string that will see them host eight of their final 11 matches at the Marya Welch Tennis Center -- a venue where UC Davis has won five of seven thus far this season.

SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE: The Penguins enter the week with a 3-8 overall record and an 0-1 mark in Horizon League play after losing the first two legs of their three-match West Coast swing… Youngstown State was shut out by Pacific on Sunday (March 9) and San Francisco on Monday (March 10) heading into Wednesday's match against the Aggies... junior Silviu Mistreanu leads the team with a 14-7 overall singles record and a 4-4 mark in dual matches at the No. 1 position for Youngstown State… he and senior teammate Sebastian Hagn entered the spring with 10 wins apiece during the fall… Hagn and Dawoud Kabil combine to make up the Penguins' top doubles tandem, posting a 13-8 overall record and a 6-5 mark at the No. 1 spot in duals.



SCOUTING NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies (of the New Mexico State variety) enter the week with a 7-6 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Western Athletic Conference having lost their last three straight heading into Friday's contest with the Aggies (of the UC Davis variety)… New Mexico State followed up a three-match winning streak with losses to Arizona (4-2), Texas-San Antonio (5-2), and UT-Arlington (4-0)… NMSU will also face Sacramento State and Santa Clara during its Northern California road swing… junior Patrick Pfister leads the Aggies with an 8-2 mark in singles.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: A 5-2 loss at Fresno State ended a three-week road swing, but UC Davis opened its homestand in style, dropping only one match in a sweep of Montana (6-1) and Sonoma State (7-0). Freshman James Wade was a winner in all three of his singles matches on the weekend and teamed up with Parker Kelley to win all three of his doubles contests to help the Aggies back over the .500 mark on the season. UC Davis took home straight-set wins in nine of the 12 singles matches in the three duals.

LET'S PLAY THREE: Sophomore Brett Bacharach has been a busy man, as of late, playing three sets in each of his last three dual match singles contests, posting a 2-1 mark in those matches.

DOUBLES DONE RIGHT: Since their return from the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in San Diego, the Aggies have been lights out in doubles play, winning the doubles point in each of their four dual matches since the tournament and posting an unblemished 8-0 combined record in individual doubles matches during that stretch. Prior to the Championships, UC Davis had opened the season losing nine of their 10 doubles contests (going 6-14 overall) and dropped the doubles point in seven of the first nine duals of the season.

DYNAMIC DUO: The Aggies' No. 1 doubles duo of freshman Alec Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie are on a bit of a roll, posting five consecutive victories and improving to 17-6 overall this season after posting wins in two of their three matches over the weekend (the third went unfinished against Sonoma State after UC Davis clinched the doubles points) against Fresno State, Montana, and Sonoma State. The tandem has won six of its last seven after going 0-4 to start the spring -- all at the top spot in the lineup.

BRYCE YOURSELF: Freshman Bryce McKelvie has yet to be beaten in dual match singles play this season (yes, we know we just jinxed that), posting an unblemished 5-0 record in dual match singles in five starts with a 2-0 record at the No. 5 position and a 3-0 mark at No. 6. McKelvie enters the week having won his last six in a row -- the longest active streak by an Aggie --  and hasn't lost since dropping a three-set, 6-0, 2-6, 4-6, decision to Nevada's Moez Chargui at the Pacific Tiger Men's Invitational back in November

A THORP IN THE SIDE OF THE OPPOSITION: Speaking of unbeaten Aggies, sophomore Mitch Thorp is also unbeaten in dual match play (yes, we know we just jinxed that one as well), posting a perfect 3-0 mark at the No. 6 spot in the lineup in three starts this season. Thorp is 7-6 overall this season and is 6-4 in his last 10.

JUST KEEP WINNING, JUST KEEP WINNING: Freshman James Wade won for the 12th time in his last 14 matches last week with a perfect 3-0 singles record against Fresno State, Montana, and Sonoma State. The victories improved the rookie to 20-6 overall and an impressive 11-2 in dual matches on the season, winning his last four straight while playing at four different positions in the lineup: No. 2 (1-0), No. 3 (5-1), No. 4 (4-1), and No. 5 (1-0). His 20 wins overall are the most by an Aggie in a single season since Greg Lee finished 26-5 en route to ITA All-America honors and a final No. 12 national ranking in 2003.

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 32-20 record in three-set matches thus far this season. Sophomore Brett Bacharach has the most experience, going to three sets 12 times this season while posting a team-high seven victories. Freshmen Alec Adamson is second on the team with five wins in nine such contests, while Kyle Miller and James Wade have each won four times.

THREE-SET RECORDS (sorted by wins):
Brett Bacharach: 7-5 (.583)
Alec Adamson: 5-4 (.556)
Kyle Miller: 4-2 (.667)
James Wade: 4-3 (.571)
Adam Levie: 3-1 (.750)
Bryce McKelvie: 3-3 (.500)
Adam Luba: 2-0 (1.000)
Parker Kelley: 2-1 (.667)
Mitch Thorp: 2-1 (.667)

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's top-25 men's recruiting classes for 2013 and No. 15 among the website's mid-major classes.