June 12, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- It may only be a two-man recruiting class, for now, but the efforts of Head Coach Eric Steidlmayer and Assistant Coach Michael Meyer were rewarded this week, as the Aggies' 2014-15 class was ranked No. 17 in the nation among mid-major schools by the website TennisRecruiting.net.
UC Davis' class is the second-highest among its Big West Conference brethren behind No. 15-ranked UC Santa Barbara, while BYU of the West Coast Conference took home top honors. Last season, Steidlmayer's first recruiting class made up of Alec Adamson, James Wade, and Bryce McKelvie, was ranked No. 15 in the nation by the website,
According to the website, the mid-major rankings include all colleges in all divisions except for those in the five "major" football conferences -- the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the Big 12, Pacific-12, and Southeastern -- as well as the Ivy League.
Sunnyvale, Calif., native Everett Maltby and international standout Tommy Lam of Hong Kong signed National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies back in December, joining a potential roster that could feature four returning starters in the singles lineup and two of its top doubles teams.
The 5-foot-10 Maltby is a four-star recruit, ranked as high as No. 15 in the state of California, No. 16 in the region, and No. 85 nationally, according to the website, and is ranked No. 211 in the nation by the United States Tennis Association, having posted a 45 wins this season in various tournaments.
Following his senior season at Archbishop Mitty HS in San Jose, Calif., Maltby was named the West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year while also earning first-team all-conference honors, winning the WCAL doubles title for the third consecutive season with teammate Andre Dang and advancing to the finals of the CIF Central Coast Section doubles as the No. 2 seed.
With valuable international experience under his belt, Lam was ranked as high as No. 17 in the country in 2012 and was a member of the Hong Kong Boys 16-and-under team that placed ninth at the Junior Davis Cup that year. He twice captured the Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships in singles in 2008 and 2010 and helped the Diocesan Boys' School team to a pair of Inter-School Tennis Competition Division I championships.
His brother, Kelvin, recently completed his second season with the men's tennis team at Harvard, helping the Crimson to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.
The Aggies wrapped up their most successful season at the Division I level in 2013-14, finishing 14-11 overall and advancing to the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. UC Davis, which placed six student-athletes on the all-conference honor rolls at the end of the year, led the league in wins and clinched the program's first winning season since 2002 (12-7 overall).
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