MATCH 19: Nevada (8-10) at UC Davis (11-7)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Marya Welch Tennis Center
MATCH 20: UC Davis (11-7, 2-1) at UC Riverside (14-18, 0-3)
Friday, April 21, 2017
MATCH 21: UC Davis (11-7, 2-1) at UC Irvine (7-13, 1-2)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Anteater Tennis Stadium
FIRST SERVE: Sitting in third place in the Big West Conference standings entering the final week of the regular season, the UC Davis men's tennis team looks to nail down a top seed in the upcoming league tournament, hosting Nevada and saluting its 2017 senior class in its home finale on Wednesday (April 19) at 2 p.m., before hitting the road for its final two conference matches of the year.
Following the match against the Wolf Pack, the Aggies travel to the Inland Empire to take on UC Riverside on Friday (April 21), before heading into Orange County to take on UC Irvine a day later on Saturday (April 22). Both matches are scheduled to begin at Noon.
IN THE POLLS: Neither the Aggies, nor their opponents this week, are listed among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's rankings as of April 18.
FOLLOW ME!: Fans of UC Davis men's tennis can follow them on the program's official social media platforms: search for UC Davis Men's Tennis on Facebook and follow the team on Twitter -- and get live in-match results for selected matches -- at @UCDavisMTennis.
ASSIST THE AGGIES ON "GIVE DAY": UC Davis’ inaugural "Give Day" will kick off at Noon on Friday, April 21, and conclude at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. All alumni, fans, and friends of UC Davis athletics are encouraged to participate. At UC Davis, we are actively building the ideal Division I athletics experience and, by making a donation to UC Davis athletics on "Give Day," you will be providing important new resources to our student-athletes and teams. For more information, visit the UC Davis "Give Day" page at https://giveday.ucdavis.edu.
BIG WEST BIG PICTURE: The Aggies currently sit third in the standings entering the final week of the regular season, standing a half-game back of Cal Poly and a game-and-a-half back of unbeaten UC Santa Barbara. UC Davis can clinch a share of the Big West regular season title with two wins and a Mustang victory over the Gauchos, but can finish no higher than second since UCSB holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Aggies, while UC Davis holds the head-to-head advantage with Cal Poly.
ABOUT THE WOLF PACK: Nevada enters the week with an 8-10 overall record, having lost four of its last six contests… The Wolf Pack split a pair of Mountain West Conference matches last week at home, defeating Boise State, 4-2, before falling to Utah State, 5-0… Following Wednesday's match, Nevada closes out the year on the road at Fresno State in league play… Freshman Kostya Nesterenko leads the team with 18 wins overall and nine victories during the spring dual match season, splitting time between four different spots in the lineup… Nesterenko and senior Mile Cilic have also joined forces to post a 12-4 mark in doubles at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in the lineup, having won five straight.
ABOUT THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with a 14-18 overall record and an 0-3 mark in Big West play, having lost its last four straight duals… The Highlanders host UC Davis then close conference play against Hawai'i after having already lost to UC Irvine (5-2), Cal Poly (6-1), and UC Santa Barbara (7-0)… UCR hasn't won since a 7-0 shutout of Hope International on April 12… Freshman Gilbert Chung leads the team with 17 wins this spring playing mostly at the No. 5 spot in the lineup… Senior Cooper Bridge has spent most of the year at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, posting a 16-11 record overall… Freshman Max Cohen and sophomore Kyle McCann are a combined 16-6 in doubles, playing all but two matches at the No. 3 spot.
ABOUT THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with a 7-13 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big West Conference play, hosting Hawai'i on April 21 before welcoming UC Davis to Orange County… The Anteaters have lost six of their last eight, with wins over Boise State (4-3) and UC Riverside (5-2) during that span… Each of the team's last three matches have been decided by 5-2 scores, with UCI posting a 1-2 mark in those contests… Six of the Anteaters' seven wins this season have come at home… Junior Luca Marquard and sophomore Luis Lopez share the team lead with 14 wins overall, while Marquard leads the team with 11 dual match wins -- nine of those at the No. 2 spot in the lineup… Junior Sebastian Heim, who is 9-7 at the top spot in the singles lineup, has teamed with Lopez for a 10-4 mark in doubles, including 8-3 in duals.
SERIES NOTES: According to records that date back to the 1996-97 season, UC Davis is a combined 13-12 against NEVADA, but just 4-6 in duals since making the jump to Division I in 2007-08… The Aggies have won the last three against the Wolf Pack, including a pair of 7-0 victories last season… Nevada's last win in the series came on March 28, 2014, with a 4-0 win in Reno… UC Davis is 15-5 against UC RIVERSIDE, including winning eight of the nine Division I meetings… The Aggies have won the last five straight, including 7-0 shutouts in the last two seasons and three of the last four… The Highlanders' last win came on April 17, 2011, with a 5-2 win in Riverside… UC IRVINE leads the series with UC Davis, 11-3, including a 7-3 lead in the Aggies' Division I era… UC Davis posted a 4-3 victory in the home and regular season finale last year, and has won three of the last four meetings dating back to the 2013-14 campaign.
BUILDING A WINNING TRADITION: With its 11 victories this season, UC Davis has reached double figures in that category for the fourth consecutive season in head coach Eric Steidlmayer's five seasons at the helm, and the fifth time in 10 Division I seasons overall. With yearly records available beginning with the 1987-88 season, it is the longest stretch for the Aggies with 10-or-more wins since they went six straight years with double-digit victories from 1988-93.
LEVIE NAMED TO TEAM USA: Shortly after claiming the consolation title with former Aggie Toki Sherbakov at the 128th annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif., UC Davis men's tennis alum Adam Levie was one of 12 players named to Team USA for the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel on July 4-18. For more information, visit the event's website at: http://www.maccabiah.com/2017/eng/.