After Finals, Tests Begin Again for Aggies

Freshman James Wade is 13-2 in dual matches this season -- the most by an Aggie since Greg Lee finished with 15 wins in 2003.
 
Freshman James Wade is 13-2 in dual matches this season -- the most by an Aggie since Greg Lee finished with 15 wins in 2003.
 

March 24, 2014

RECENT DUAL MATCH RESULTS
March 12 vs. Youngstown State: W, 7-0
March 14 vs. New Mexico State: W, 5-2

NEXT UP...
Hawai'i-Hilo (0-9) at UC Davis (9-6)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
9 a.m.

Eastern Washington (6-7) at UC Davis (9-6)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
1 p.m.

UC Davis (9-6) at Nevada (11-2)
Friday, March 28, 2014
Caughin Athletic Club
Reno, Nev.
12 p.m.

UC Irvine (9-9, 0-1) at UC Davis (9-6, 1-0)
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Davis, Calif.
1 p.m.

FIRST SERVE: With final exams for the winter quarter behind them, the UC Davis men's tennis team (9-6 overall, 1-0 in the Big West Conference) returns to the courts for the first time since March 14, playing four matches in six days during spring break. The Aggies open the week with a pair of home contests, adding a Tuesday morning clash with Hawai'i-Hilo at 9 a.m. before closing out their homestand against Eastern Washington on Wednesday (March 26) at 1 p.m. Following a road match on Friday (March 28) against Nevada in Reno, the Aggies resume Big West Conference play at home on Sunday (April 1) against UC Irvine at 1 p.m.

AGGIES HOST FREE KIDS CLINIC: The UC Davis men's and women's tennis programs will team up to host a free kids clinic on Saturday, March 29, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on campus. Due to NCAA restrictions, the event is only open to kids in first through eighth grades and will be taught by UC Davis players and coaches. The clinic will cover all aspects of the game: forehands, backhands, movement technique, volleys, serves, and overheads. A fun "hit for prizes" event will be held at the end of the clinic and is open to all participants. For more information, please contact men's tennis assistant coach Michael Meyer at (650) 766-7081 or via email at mrmeyer@ucdavis.edu.


 

 

BE A FOLLOWER: The UC Davis men's tennis program has established its own Facebook page. Be sure to "like" the Aggies at https://www.facebook.com/pages/UC-Davis-Mens-Tennis/614858408568265.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Home is where the wins are. UC Davis is a stellar 7-2 on its home courts at the Marya Welch Tennis Center, winning seven straight after opening the home portion of its 2014 spring schedule with losses to San Francisco and Loyola Marymount.

SCOUTING HAWAI'I-HILO: The Vulcans are 0-9 entering the week and will take on Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., on Monday before facing the Aggies... Hawaii-Hilo opened a five-match road trip with an 8-1 loss at Sonoma State on Saturday (March 22), with Kallen Mizuguchi and Daniel Tada posting a doubles win for the Vulcans' lone point on the day.

SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Eagles open the week with a 6-7 overall record after opening a Northern California road trip with a 7-0 loss at Nevada on Sunday for their second-straight loss... EWU also faces Sacramento State on Tuesday during the trip prior to taking on the Aggies... the Eagles close out a five-match road swing at Washington and Portland State upon their return to the Pacific Northwest... freshman Robert Dula leads the team with seven dual match wins this season while sophomore Luke Thompson ended a string four four-straight losses with wins in two of his last three contests... the doubles tandem of Wacil Bendjelti and Thompson leads the Eagles with five wins in doubles play from the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

SCOUTING NEVADA: The Wolf Pack are a combined 11-2 following their 7-0 win over Eastern Washington on Sunday, falling only at San Diego State (4-3) and Pepperdine (4-0) since the start of spring... Nevada, which takes on No. 66 Stanford on Monday before hosting UC Davis and UC Irvine on back-to-back days, is 3-0 against the Big West this season with victories over UC Riverside (6-1), Cal Poly (6-1), and UC Santa Barbara (5-2)... the Wolf Pack are a perfect 5-0 at home this season, having lost only four out of a possible 35 points in that span... the doubles team of Victor Ouvrard and Robert Allan are ranked No. 32 in the nation as of March 18 (new rankings will be released by the ITA on March 25).

SCOUTING UC IRVINE: The Anteaters enter the week with a 9-9 overall record, having won seven straight heading into matches at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday (March 26) and Nevada on Saturday (March 29) to kick-off a six-match road trip... UC Irvine is 0-1 in Big West Conference play thus far, having handed Cal Poly a 6-1 loss on Feb. 21... the Anteaters are just 1-5 away from Orange County against a 7-1 mark at home this season... sophomore Caryl Hernandez leads UCI with 15 singles wins this season, including a 7-3 mark at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while senior Ryan Cheung has occupied the top spot in the Anteaters' lineup all season, posting a 7-10 mark in dual match play.... Cheung and sophomore Jonathan Poon make up UC Irvine's top doubles tandem, posting a combined 6-1 mark at the top two positions.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Although that week may have been two weeks ago, the Aggies continued to roll with dual match victories over Youngstown State and Montana to extended their winning streak to four-consecutive matches. UC Davis opened by winning eight of the nine contests against the Penguins en route to a 7-0 victory, posting straight-set wins in five of the six singles matches and clinching the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Two days later against Montana, the Aggies won the doubles point and four straight-set singles contests in the 5-2 win.

UNBEATEN: Sophomore Brett Bacharach emerged from the Aggies' last weekend of play unscathed, winning both his singles and doubles matches to extend winning streaks. In doubles, Bacharach improved to 3-0 with partner Adam Luba with his two wins at the No. 3 position against Youngstown State and Montana, while improving to 19-9 overall and 9-5 in dual match singles play at four different spots in the lineup, including a 5-2 mark at the No. 3 position.

CLIMBING THE LADDER: Since moving into the No. 1 position on the singles ladder, freshman Alec Adamson has been stellar, posting a 5-1 overall record -- including wins in his last four contests -- with his only loss during that time coming in a three-set marathon against Fresno State's Sam MacNeil on March 8. After spending most of the spring at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Adamson improved to 17-7 overall on the year and 9-5 in dual match play with the wins.

QUICK WORK: The Aggies have made quick work of their opponents this season, posting 44 straight-set victories in singles play during the spring. Of freshman James Wade's 13 dual match wins this season, 12 have come in straight sets, with classmate Alec Adamson in second with seven such victories out of nine dual match triumphs in 2014.

Straight-Set Wins (Dual Match Record)
James Wade: 12 (13-2)
Alec Adamson: 7 (9-5)
Brett Bacharach: 6 (9-5)
Bryce McKelvie: 6 (7-0)
Parker Kelley: 5 (7-7)
Kyle Miller: 3 (4-5)
Mitch Thorp: 3 (3-0)
Adam Levie: 2 (4-5)
Adam Luba: 0 (1-2)

WINNING WAYS: UC Davis, which has won nine of its last 11 overall since opening the spring 0-4, enters the week with a 9-6 overall record -- the most dual match wins in a single season since the Aggies finished 10-13 overall during their first Division I campaign in 2008, and surpassing their total from all of last season (8-13). Since the 1997 season, UC Davis has finished with double-digit dual match victories only five times, including a 13-5 record in 2000 -- the most during that span.

"0" YES!!!: Coupled with their shutout of Sonoma State back on March 9, the Aggies' 7-0 victory over Youngstown State gave UC Davis shutout victories in three of their previous five duals and back-to-back shutouts for the first time since Feb. 1 at George Fox (W, 9-0) and Feb. 3 at Seattle (W, 7-0) in 2013.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: The wins over Youngstown State and Montana extended UC Davis' winning streak to four, matching its longest of the year (Feb. 8-16). It is the longest winning streak since the Aggies made the jump to Division I in 2007-08 and, with a win on Wednesday against Eastern Washington, the Aggies would post their longest single-season winning streak since 2002 when they won five straight from March 3-April 6, en route to a 12-7 overall record.

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 six dual matches since the tournament and posting a stellar 12-2 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.

AWWW, SNAP!: The Aggies' No. 1 doubles duo of freshman Alec Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie lost for the first time since mid-February in their match against Youngstown State, snapping a five-match winning streak by UC Davis' top doubles team. However, they restored order with an 8-3 win against Montana, continuing a roll that has seen the tandem win seven of its last nine since opening the spring 0-4. The team is a combined 18-7 overall and 6-6 in dual matches in 2014.

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 7-0 record in dual match singles in five starts with a 4-0 record at the No. 5 position and a 3-0 mark at No. 6. McKelvie enters the week having won his last eight 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 14th time in his last 16 matches last week with victories over counterparts from Youngstown State and Montana. The victories improved the rookie to 22-6 overall and an impressive 13-2 in dual matches on the season, winning his last six straight while playing at four different positions in the lineup: No. 2 (3-0), No. 3 (5-1), No. 4 (4-1), and No. 5 (1-0). His 22 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, while his 13 dual match victories are tied for fourth in that same span, just two back of Lee's 15 that same year.

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 33-21 record in three-set matches thus far this season. Sophomore Brett Bacharach has the most experience, going to three sets 12 times 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)
Parker Kelley: 3-2 (.600)
Bryce McKelvie: 3-3 (.500)
Adam Luba: 2-0 (1.000)
Mitch Thorp: 2-1 (.667)

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