Oct. 11, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Just five days after hosting its own tournament, the UC Davis men's tennis team will travel south to compete at the UCSB Classic, beginning Friday on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.
The Aggies will be part of a seven-team field that includes Cal, Nevada, Cal Poly, UC San Diego, Northern Arizona and Westmont in addition to the host Gauchos.
Cal was ranked 13th at the close of the 2011-12 campaign while Cal Poly is the reigning Big West Conference champion. UC San Diego finished last season ranked 22nd nationally in Div. II.
The tournament begins on Friday at 1 p.m. and will continue through the weekend with play beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and sunday. The brackets will be formatted in a "compass draw" where each player will have the opportunity to play four singles and three doubles matches.
The UCSB Classic consists of three flights which will be played at various locations on the campus of UC Santa Barbara. Each flight includes three 16-player draws with players advancing based on their result.
Most recently, UC Davis hosted its own Aggie Invitational to start the 2012-13 season, marking the first time UC Davis has hosted a tennis tournament of any sort since the NCAA Div. II West Regional in 2001.
Toki Sherbakov led the Aggie men, advancing to the consolation finals in both singles and doubles. In the Flight A Singles consolation finals, he was edged by Nevada's Victor Ouvrard, the tournament's fourth-seeded player, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(7). Earlier in the day he defeated Navada's Fernando Sunago 6-4, 6-3 in the consolation semifinals.
Sherbakov and freshman Adam Levie paired to face Sunago and Ouvrard in the consolation finals of the Flight A Doubles division, dropping an 8-2 decision.
The UCSB Classic is the second of four fall tournaments that UC Davis will participate in. The Aggies will next compete at the ITA Regional in Moraga, Calif. Oct. 19-23 before closing fall action at the Pacific Tigers Invitational Nov. 1-3 in Stockton.