April 10, 2014
RECENT DUAL MATCH RESULTS…
April 1 vs. Hawai'i: L, 4-3
April 5 vs. Air Force: W, 4-3
UC Davis (13-8, 2-1) at UC Santa Barbara (7-12, 2-0)
Friday, April 11, 2014
Rec Center Courts
Santa Barbara, Calif.
UC Davis (13-8, 2-1) at Cal Poly (7-12, 2-1)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
FIRST SERVE: The 2014 regular season comes to a close on the road this weekend for the UC Davis men's tennis team as the Aggies head to California's Central Coast to take on league rivals UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly as the league battles for tournament seeding. The Aggies and Gauchos meet on Friday (April 11) at 1:30 p.m. to kick-off the weekend, before UC Davis meets the Mustangs on Saturday (April 12) at 10:30 a.m.
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SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos enter the weekend with a 7-12 overall record, but are one of two unbeaten teams (Hawai'i) in the Big West standings with a 2-0 mark… UC Santa Barbara has dropped four of its last six, splitting a pair of matches last weekend on the road at San Diego State (L, 4-3) and conference rival UC Riverside (W, 7-0)… the Gauchos' other Big West win came on March 26 by the count of 5-2 against UC Irvine… Friday's match will be "Senior Day" for UCSB, which is led by junior Tobias Galskov, who has posted a 21-9 overall record and a 13-6 mark in dual matches this season (9-4 at the No. 1 spot in the lineup)… freshman Teague Hamilton is second on the team with a 12-7 mark in dual match play (9-3 at the No. 5 spot in the lineup), having won three straight and eight of his last 10… the doubles duo of Galskov and Ziad Sultan leads the way with a 10-4 record, including a 6-2 mark at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
SCOUTING CAL POLY: The Mustangs enter the weekend with a 7-12 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Big West play, tied for third in the standings with the Aggies heading into this weekend's clash in San Luis Obispo… Cal Poly has lost its last four, including a 6-1 conference loss at Hawai'i, following a five-game winning streak in the middle of March… last week, the Mustangs dropped a pair of road matches at San Francisco (4-3) and Stanford (4-2)… freshman Ben Donovan and senior Jurgen De Jager lead the way in singles with a 14-9 and 12-2 mark in singles, respectively… freshman Corey Pang and junior Devin Barber have combined for an 8-4 mark in doubles play this season.
LOOKING AHEAD - TOURNEY TIME: UC Davis is tied for third in the Big West standings, trailing unbeaten co-leaders Hawai'i and UC Santa Barbara by a half-game. With a pair of wins this weekend, the Aggies will be able to clinch a top-two seed for the 2014 Big West Conference Tournament and a bye into the semifinals. The tournament will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from April 24-27, with the champion earning the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
SERIES NOTES: Dating back to the 2003 season, the Aggies have never defeated neither UC Santa Barbara, nor Cal Poly, posting records of 0-9 against the Gauchos and 0-11 against the Mustangs during that span. Last season, UC Davis lost a heart-breaking 4-3 decision to UC Santa Barbara, rallying back from a 3-0 deficit thanks to singles wins by Brett Bacharach, Parker Kelley, and George Horowitz, but the Gauchos held the Aggies off with a three-set win at No. 2. Against Cal Poly, both Kelley and Kyle Miller posted wins in singles play, but the Mustangs claimed the doubles point and won a pair of three-set marathons in singles en route to the win.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Mother Nature, power outages, and a pair of 4-3 thrillers concluded the home portion of the Aggies schedule last week as UC Davis split a pair of battles with conference foe Hawai'i and Air Force. With rain forcing a move a late-night move indoors (start time 9:45 p.m.), the Aggies and Rainbow Warriors fought late into the night and early morning at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in Gold River, Calif., overcoming three power outages to get the match finished as Hawai'i emerged victorious by a 4-3 count. The two teams split the six singles contests to open the night, with freshman James Wade, Bacharach, and freshman Bryce McKelvie each claiming wins, sending the two teams back to the courts for the decisive doubles point. Bacharach and Adam Luba claimed victory at No. 3 while the Rainbow Warriors won by the same score at No. 2 and received an 8-5 win at the No. 1 spot to pull out the win nearly five hours later at 2:30 a.m.
Three days later, the Aggies feted their seniors in front of a home crowd and under sunny skies at the Marya Welch Tennis Center, but had another fight on their hands against the Falcons. Air Force handed UC Davis its second straight doubles point loss by taking two of three to put the Aggies in an early hole, but the home team responded in singles play, getting wins at the top three spots -- including the "Senior Day" clincher by senior Kyle Miller -- and a win by Parker Kelley at No. 5 to claim the match.
HOME, SWEET HOME: The home court advantage at the Marya Welch Tennis Center was truly that for the Aggies in 2014 as UC Davis finished 10-2 on their home courts, and 11-3 overall in home matches after three contests this year were moved to indoor courts in nearby Sacramento. The 10-2 mark at home includes an active string of 10 consecutive wins to close out the year, capped by last week's win over Air Force in dramatic "Senior Day" fashion.
OH, CAPTAIN… MY CAPTAIN: After missing a month's worth of duals due to injury, senior captain Kyle Miller made the most of his final match in front of the hometown faithful against Air Force, defeating Jack McCullers, 6-2, 7-6, to earn his first win in three tries since returning to the lineup and snapping a personal three-match losing skid. The win improved Miller to 10-16 overall on the year and 5-7 in dual match play, as the Pacific Grove, Calif., native won for the first time since out-lasting Sacramento State's Roy Brandys, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, back on Feb. 16 in a Causeway Cup clash in Sacramento.
JAMES CONTINUES HIS WINNING "WADE"-S: "Just Win, Baby." The mantra of Oakland Raiders fans everywhere seems to have caught on with freshman James Wade, who extended his personal singles winning streak to 10 consecutive matches with victories over Hawai'i's Chas Okamoto (6-4, 6-3) and Air Force's Steven Young (6-3, 6-3). With one match having gone unfinished during his current streak, Wade hasn't felt the sting of defeat since Feb. 21 at No. 2-ranked USC when he fell in straight sets to Max de Vroome (who is currently ranked No. 94 in the nation), 6-3, 6-4. Of the 10 straight wins, nine have been straight-set victories, with the only "blemish" coming against Fresno State's Eric Komati in a 5-7, 7-5, 10-4, triumph.
UNSCATHED: A trio of unbeaten records in Big West Conference play are on the line this weekend as sophomore Brett Bacharach, freshman Bryce McKelvie, and freshman James Wade, all enter their possible matches against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara with perfect 3-0 records in singles play
QUICK WORK: The Aggies have made quick work of their opponents this season, posting 65 straight-set victories in singles play during the spring. Of freshman James Wade's 17 dual match wins this season, 16 have come in straight sets, while teammates Alec Adamson and Brett Bacharach are tied for second with 10 such wins in 2014.
Straight-Set Wins (Dual Match Record)
James Wade: 16 (17-2)
Alec Adamson: 10 (13-7)
Brett Bacharach: 10 (13-6)
Bryce McKelvie: 9 (11-2)
Parker Kelley: 8 (11-9)
Kyle Miller: 4 (5-7)
Mitch Thorp: 4 (4-0)
Adam Levie: 4 (6-5)
Adam Luba: 0 (1-3)
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 (26-6), sophomore Brett Bacharach (23-10), and freshman Alec Adamson (21-9), who have also combined to post a 43-15 record in duals this season led by Wade's 17-2 record.
WINNING WAYS: With its win over Air Force last weekend, UC Davis moved to 13-8 overall on the season -- the most for an Aggies squad since they finished 13-5 during the 2000 campaign. The 13 victories are five more than UC Davis finished with during all of last season (8-13) and marks 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 (March 24) and Hawai'i-Hilo (March 25) 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 16-4 at that position in 2014 -- the best winning percentage (.800) at any spot in the singles lineup this season. Bacharach (6-2 at the position), Wade (7-1), and Kyle Miller (1-0), have combined to win eight straight at that spot in the lineup -- the longest winning streak by the Aggies at any position in the lineup this season.
SEE, WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS…: Since their return from the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in San Diego, the Aggies had 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. However, UC Davis' doubles-point winning streak came to an end last week as Hawai'i to the Aggies string of nine consecutive doubles point wins, while Air Force handed UC Davis back-to-back doubles point losses for the first time since Feb. 2 (LMU) and Feb. 11 (UC Riverside). 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.
DOMINATING DOUBLES: The Aggies' doubles duo of Alec Adamson and Adam Levie led the way with a solid 20-9 overall record this season (8-8 in dual matches at the No. 1 spot), posting the most overall doubles victories since Greg Lee and Yaro Vinogradsky finished 20-5 together during the 2001-02 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 36-23 (.610) 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 six wins in nine such contests, while Kyle Miller, James Wade, Parker Kelley, and Bryce McKelvie, have each won four times.
Three-Set Records (sorted by wins):
Brett Bacharach: 7-5 (.583)
Alec Adamson: 6-5 (.545)
Kyle Miller: 4-2 (.667)
Parker Kelley: 4-2 (.667)
James Wade: 4-3 (.571)
Bryce McKelvie: 4-3 (.571)
Adam Levie: 3-1 (.750)
Adam Luba: 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 TennisRecruiting.net's top-25 men's recruiting classes for 2013 and No. 15 among the website's mid-major classes.