Goulak named Big West Freshman of the Year

May 4, 2017

2016-17 Men's Tennis All-Big West Conference Teams

DAVIS, Calif. --
UC Davis men's tennis newcomer David Goulak was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year while senior Alec Adamson was named to the all-league first team in singles for the fourth time in his career, headlining a group of six Aggies honored as part of the league's honor roll released on Thursday morning.

Goulak became the first UC Davis recipient of the Big West's top freshman honor and was also joined by teammate Tommy Lam as a second-team doubles selection. Meanwhile, Adamson became only the fifth student-athlete since the conference began naming all-conference teams in 1994 to earn first-team honors in singles all four years of his collegiate career, joining Cal Poly's Ben Donovan and Andre Dome, UC Santa Barbara's Benjamin Recknagel, and Pacific's Arnar Sigurdsson.

Along with Adamson, senior James Wade earned his third career first-team honor in singles, while three Aggie doubles teams earned all-conference laurels: Wade and Bryce McKelvie joined Goulak and Tommy Lam on the second team, while Adamson and Everett Maltby earned honorable mention honors in doubles.

One of two freshman among a senior-laden lineup this season for the Aggies, Goulak completed his first tour at the Division I level with a 15-8 overall record in singles and a 7-4 mark in dual matches while playing at the No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 spots in the lineup. He finished 26-10 overall in doubles individually, including a 14-5 mark in dual matches, alongside four different partners, spending most of his time alongside Lam, compiling a 19-7 overall record and a 13-5 combined mark at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the doubles ladder, winning nine of their last 10 together. Lam was 23-10 overall and 14-6 in doubles this season alongside four different partners.

Adamson, last year's Big West Player of the Year, finished 12-17 overall and 9-12 in duals atop the UC Davis singles lineup, winning three of his five duals in Big West play this year. Along with his 15-13 record in doubles, the Corona del Mar, Calif., native was honored with a spot on the all-conference team for both his singles and doubles play for the fourth time in his career.

Maltby, meanwhile, earned his first career All-Big West honor with his doubles nod along with Adamson, finishing 13-7 overall in doubles and 4-4 in duals at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. In singles play, the Sunnyvale, Calif., native finished with a team-high 21 wins overall and tied with Wade for the top spot with 11 dual match victories, spending most of the season at the No. 4 spot in the singles lineup and winning his last three to close out the season.

Wade earned a spot on the All-Big West first team in singles for the third time in his career, while claiming doubles honors for the second time. The San Marino, Calif., native finished with 16 wins in singles -- 11 of those in dual match play -- and finished with the same number in doubles alongside McKelvie, posting a perfect 9-0 mark as the Aggies' No. 2 doubles team this season and winning their last five straight together to close out the season. McKelvie finished 18-13 in doubles overall and 13-7 in duals, while winning 17 singles contests to finish tied for second on the team overall.

UC Davis finished the season with a 14-8 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Big West Conference play to finish second in the standings behind UC Santa Barbara. Posting their fourth consecutive season with double-digit wins, the Aggies reached the semifinals of the conference tournament for the fourth straight year.