Second-seeded Aggies head to Big West Tournament

April 25, 2017

UC Davis (14-7, 4-1) at Big West Conference Tournament
Thurs.-Sun., April 27-30, 2017
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, Calif.
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Tournament Schedule
Thursday, April 27 - First Round
No. 3 Cal Poly (16-7, 3-2) vs. No. 6 UC Riverside (14-20, 0-5), 9 a.m.
No. 4 UC Irvine (8-14, 2-3) vs. No 5 Hawai'i (2-14, 1-4), 9 a.m.

Friday, April 28 - Semifinals
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara (17-5, 5-0) vs. UC Irvine/Hawai'i, 3 p.m.
No. 2 UC Davis (14-7, 4-1) vs. Cal Poly/UC Riverside, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 30
Championship Match, 9 a.m.

FIRST SERVE: Riding a three-match winning streak en route to a second-place finish in the Big West Conference standings at the end of the regular season, the UC Davis men's tennis team (14-7 overall, 4-1 conference) heads to Southern California to compete at the 2017 Big West Tournament, held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., near Palm Springs.

Thanks to that second-place finish, the Aggies, along with regular season champion UC Santa Barbara, have earned a first-round bye and will meet the winner of No. 3 Cal Poly and No. 6 UC Riverside in the semifinals on Friday (April 28) at 3 p.m. The Mustangs and Highlanders will meet in the first round on Thursday (April 27) at 9 a.m.

Following a day off, the championship match will be held on Sunday (April 30) at 9 a.m.

IN THE RANKINGS: The Big West Tournament field features two teams ranked in the top 50: UC Santa Barbara at No. 40 and Cal Poly at No. 50… The Mustangs' Ben Donovan is ranked No. 114 in singles… The Gauchos' doubles team of Simon Freund and Morgan Mays is ranked No. 30, while the Mustangs' Donovan and Corey Pang are No. 61.

AGGIES IN THE BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: Since joining the league in 2007-08, UC Davis is a combined 3-9 in Big West Tournament play, defeating Hawai'i before falling to Cal Poly in the semifinals… This year's No. 2 seed is tied for the highest achieved by the Aggies in the program's history, matching the 2014-15 squad that clinched a share of the league's regular season title… UC Davis' three tournament wins have all come in the first round in 2012, 2014, and 2016, as the Aggies have never advanced past the semifinals (0-4)… Against the current conference alignment, UC Davis is 0-3 against UC Santa Barbara, 0-3 against Cal Poly, 1-0 against UC Irvine, and 1-1 against Hawai'i… The Aggies are also 1-2 against former conference rival Pacific… This year marks the 13th consecutive season that the tournament will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden dating back to 2004, after spending nine years at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club (1994-2002) and one year at the Blackhawk Country Club (2003).

UC Davis at the Big West Conference Tournament…
2008 (0-1): #4 Cal Poly 4, #5 UC Davis 0
2009 (0-1): #4 UC Santa Barbara 4, #5 UC Davis 0
2010 (0-1): #4 UC Santa Barbara 4, #5 UC Davis 0
2011 (0-1): #3 Pacific 4, #6 UC Davis 0
2012 (1-1): #5 UC Davis 4, #4 Pacific 1; #1 Cal Poly 4, UC Davis 0
2013 (0-1): #3 Pacific 4, #6 UC Davis 2
2014 (1-1): #4 UC Davis 4, #5 UC Irvine 0; #1 Hawai'i 4, UC Davis 3
2015 (0-1): First Round Bye; #3 UC Santa Barbara 4, #2 UC Davis 1
2016 (1-1): #3 UC Davis 4, #6 Hawai'i 0; #2 Cal Poly 4, #3 UC Davis 2

Individual Records at the Big West Conference Tournament…
(Current UC Davis student-athletes only)

Bryce McKelvie: 4-0
Alec Adamson: 1-0
Everett Maltby: 2-1
James Wade: 2-3
Jesse Ross: 0-1
Tommy Lam: 0-1

Bryce McKelvie: 1-0
Alec Adamson: 3-2
Tommy Lam: 1-1
Eli Whittle: 1-1
James Wade: 0-2

MALTBY WINS HIS 20TH: Thanks to his come-from-behind three-set win over UC Irvine's Mason Hansen to close out the regular season, junior Everett Maltby became the first Aggie to win 20 matches this season, improving to 20-13 overall on the year. Maltby, who has reached the 20-win plateau in two of his first three seasons at UC Davis, moved into a tie for eighth on the program's Division I single-season wins list -- only the 11th time since the Aggies made the jump to Division I that a player has reached 20 victories in a season.

THEY'RE THE TOPS: Seniors James Wade and Bryce McKelvie will end their careers as two of the winningest singles players in the program's Division I history, entering this week's Big West Conference Tournament ranked 1-2 in career overall singles wins and career dual match victories. Wade currently holds the record in both categories with 87 and 57, respectively, while McKelvie is hot on his heels at 86 and 55, respectively. Their former teammate Brett Bacharach previously held both marks, setting the Division I standard with 76 overall wins and 48 dual match triumphs from 2012-16.

BIG TIME IN THE BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: McKelvie has yet to lose a match -- singles or doubles -- in the Big West Tournament during his Aggie career, carrying a 4-0 singles mark and a 1-0 record in doubles into this week's event in Indian Wells, Calif. The San Jose, Calif., native will also end his UC Davis career as the winningest Aggie in Big West play, posting a 14-6 mark in singles against conference opponents.

BUILDING A WINNING TRADITION: With its 14 victories this season, UC Davis has reached double figures in that category for the fourth consecutive season in head coach Eric Steidlmayer's five years 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.

ROAD, SWEET ROAD: Considering 12 of their 21 matches this season were played away from the friendly confines of the Marya Welch Tennis Center, the Aggies made the road feel a lot like home in 2017, posting an 8-4 mark in road contests this spring -- the most road victories in the program's Division I Era, surpassing the five won during the 2014-15 campaign.

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: