March 31, 2014
RECENT DUAL MATCH RESULTS...
March 24 vs. Eastern Washington: W, 7-0
March 25 vs. Hawai'i-Hilo: W, 7-0
March 28 at Nevada: L, 4-0
March 30 vs. UC Irvine: W, 6-1
Hawai'i (4-10, 1-0) at UC Davis (12-7, 2-0)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Air Force (12-5) at UC Davis (12-7)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Marya Welch Tennis Center
FIRST SERVE: The final home contests of the 2014 season are on deck for the UC Davis men's tennis team this week as the Aggies (12-7, 2-0) hope to avoid Mother Nature's wrath and play host to a pair of opponents at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Unbeaten in Big West Conference play, UC Davis welcomes league rival Hawai'i to Northern California on Tuesday (April 1) at 1 p.m., before the Air Force Academy pays a visit on Saturday (April 5) at 11 a.m.
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 10-2 on its home courts at the Marya Welch Tennis Center, winning 10 straight after opening the home portion of its 2014 spring schedule with losses to San Francisco (Feb. 1) and Loyola Marymount (Feb. 2). Out of the 90 scheduled singles and doubles matches in that span, the Aggies have posted a combined 73-11 (.869) mark, with six matches left unfinished.
SCOUTING HAWAI'I: The Rainbow Warriors enter the week with a 4-10 overall record and an 1-0 mark in Big West Conference play following a 5-2 win at Idaho on a neutral court on Sunday… Hawai'i has won three of its last five duals, including its lone conference victory over Cal Poly by a 6-1 score on March 24… the Rainbow Warriors are 0-8 in true road contests this season with their only win aaay from the Islands this season coming over the Vandals in Portland, Ore., over the weekend… Senior David Schuster, who has split time at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots in the singles lineup this season, leads the team with seven dual match wins while senior Jonathan Brooklyn is 6-5 at the top of Hawai'i's singles lineup… Schuster and teammate Nils Schuhmann have combined for four doubles wins this season to lead the team.
WELCOME BACK, COACH!:
Hawai'i head coach John Nelson, now in his ninth season as head coach of the Rainbow Warriors, returns to his old stomping grounds where he served as head coach of the UC Davis men's tennis team from 1988-94. During his tenure, Nelson led the Aggies to the 1992 NCAA Division II National Championship and a 1990 runner-up finish, as well as top five national finishes in five of those seasons. In addition, Nelson helped guide Mark Segesta to the 1993 NCAA singles title as well as a pair of doubles teams (Segesta and Dave Allen in 1991, as well as Steve Summer and Jeff McCann in 1992) to NCAA championships.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE: The Falcons enter the week with an 12-5 overall record, but are riding a three-match losing streak following a 6-1 loss to Mountain West Conference rival UNLV on March 23… Air Force will open a three-matches-in-three-days California road swing on Friday (April 4) at Pacific before taking on UC Davis and Fresno State… the Falcons are a perfect 7-0 at home, but just 2-4 in road contests this season… senior Alex Grubbs leads the team with a 15-8 overall singles record (12-3 in duals), but has lost his last two following a personal nine-match winning streak… Grubbs has joined teammate Jack McCullers to form a potent doubles duo, posting a 12-3 record together, including a 9-2 record at the No. 2 spot.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: UC Davis' 6-1 win over UC Irvine on Sunday marked the Aggies' first win over the Anteaters since making the jump to Division I in 2007-08. Prior to Sunday's victory, UC Davis had been 0-9 against UC Irvine dating back to the 2005 season, including an 0-6 mark as Division I combatants.
MILLER MAKES HIS RETURN: Although the score didn't quite turn out the way he would have liked it, senior Kyle Miller made his return to the UC Davis lineup after missing a month's worth of duals due to injury. It was Miller's first appearance since taking on Robert Quiroz of No. 2-ranked USC in a dual on Feb. 21 in Los Angeles.
THE WEEK THAT WAS… SPRING BREAK EDITION: Who needs a week off? Maybe the UC Davis men's tennis team after the Aggies completed a busy week with a 3-1 record during a flurry of duals during spring break. Thanks to Mother Nature, UC Davis opened the break with back-to-back shutouts of visiting Eastern Washington and Hawai'i-Hilo, the former coming two days earlier than originally scheduled with rain bearing down on Northern California and forecast to hit hard the day of the match. The Aggies won 17 of the 18 scheduled matches -- with only one doubles contest going unfinished -- in the two sweeps, extending their winning streak to six straight heading into a showdown with Nevada later in the week. Mother Nature, again, had an effect on the match as rain forecast for Reno forced a change in format. That didn't faze the home team, however, as the Wolf Pack won four singles matches to end the contest early and end UC Davis' winning streak. Proving you can't keep a good team down, the Aggies rebounded with a huge conference win over UC Irvine, clinching seven of the nine matches on the day in a 6-1 win over the Anteaters.
UNSCATHED: Sophomore Brett Bacharach was one of three Aggies to emerge unbeaten during the team's spring break, posting a 3-0 mark in both singles and doubles with one match unfinished in both. Freshman James Wade, who was 3-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles, as well as Adam Levie, who finished 2-0 in both singles and doubles, joined Bacharach in the club.
THREE FOR 20: No, it's not the latest meal deal from your favorite eatery. The Aggies' lineup features a trio of 20-match winners this season in freshman James Wade (24-6), sophomore Brett Bacharach (22-9), and freshman Alec Adamson (20-8), who have also combined to post a 39-13 record in duals this season led by Wade's 15-2 record.
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Since moving into the No. 1 position on the singles ladder, freshman Alec Adamson has been stellar, posting a 7-2 mark -- including wins in six of his last seven matches at that spot in the lineup. Adamson, who is also 4-4 at No. 2 and 1-0 at No. 3 in dual match play this season, became the third Aggie with 20-or-more wins in singles overall this season with his three-set victory over UC Irvine's Ryan Cheung on Sunday, standing at 20-8 overall and 12-6 in duals this season.
QUICK WORK: The Aggies have made quick work of their opponents this season, posting 60 straight-set victories in singles play during the spring. Of freshman James Wade's 15 dual match wins this season, 14 have come in straight sets, while teammates Alec Adamson, Brett Bacharach, and Bryce McKelvie, are tied for second with nine such wins in 2014.
Straight-Set Wins (Dual Match Record)
James Wade: 14 (15-2)
Alec Adamson: 9 (12-6)
Brett Bacharach: 9 (12-5)
Bryce McKelvie: 9 (10-1)
Parker Kelley: 7 (10-8)
Kyle Miller: 3 (4-6)
Mitch Thorp: 4 (4-0)
Adam Levie: 4 (6-5)
Adam Luba: 0 (1-3)
WINNING WAYS: With its three wins over spring break, UC Davis moved to 12-7 overall on the season -- the most for an Aggies squad since they finished 13-5 during the 2000 campaign. The 12 victories are four more than UC Davis finished with during all of last season (8-13) and marked only the sixth double-digit win total for the program since 1997, matching them with the win totals for that 1997 team (12-8) and the 2002 squad (12-7).
"0" YES!: The Aggies' back-to-back shutouts of Eastern Washington and Hawai'i-Hilo last week marked the team's fourth and fifth sweeps of the season -- the most for a UC Davis squad at the Division I level and the most since the 2002 team finished with six shutouts en route to a 12-7 overall record. The Aggies have also posted shutouts of Villanova, Sonoma State, and Youngstown State, this season -- all five coming during a three-week span in March.
TWO'S COMPANY, BUT THREE'S A WIN: Behind the play of sophomore Brett Bacharach and freshman James Wade, a win at the No. 3 spot in the lineup has almost been automatic for the Aggies, as UC Davis is a combined 14-4 at that position in 2014 -- the best winning percentage (.778) at any spot in the singles lineup this season. Bacharach (6-2) and Wade (6-1) have combined to win six straight at that spot in the lineup, tied with the team's six-match winning streak at the No. 6 position for the longest active streak.
SPEAKING OF STREAKING: The Aggies' six-match winning streak this season, which was ended at Nevada last Friday, is its longest since they won eight straight from Feb. 16-March 30 during the 2001 season.
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 nine of their 10 dual matches since the tournament (doubles were not played at Nevada on March 28 due to weather) and posting a stellar 19-2 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.
JUST KEEP WINNING, JUST KEEP WINNING: Freshman James Wade won for the 13th time in his last 14 matches last week with victories over counterparts from Eastern Washington and UC Irvine. The victories improved the rookie to 24-6 overall and an impressive 15-2 in dual matches on the season, winning his last eight straight while playing at four different positions in the lineup: No. 2 (4-0), No. 3 (6-1), No. 4 (4-1), and No. 5 (1-0). His 24 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 Wade's 15 dual match victories are tied with Lee's win total from that same season.
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 35-22 (.614) 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: 6-4 (.600)
Kyle Miller: 4-2 (.667)
Parker Kelley: 4-2 (.667)
James Wade: 4-3 (.571)
Adam Levie: 3-1 (.750)
Bryce McKelvie: 3-3 (.500)
Adam Luba: 2-1 (.667)
Mitch Thorp: 2-1 (.667)