Women's tennis gets the win over Portland State

Jan. 20, 2018

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The UC Davis women’s tennis team started off their 2018 spring campaign with a match against Portland State this Saturday at the Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Wash., but it was an unusual match as Portland State’s women’s tennis was missing almost half of their players due to illness. This left the Vikings without a full lineup, which then allowed UC Davis to get two extra singles wins by default, as well as a 6-1 victory over them.

Starting off with doubles play, Aggie duo Isabella von Ebbe and Nikita Pradeep got the first win for UC Davis by default; however, the Aggies still played out the other two doubles matches, where they both got wins and thus the 1-0 lead over the Vikings. The first UC Davis win was received by the doubles duo Kristy Jorgensen and Kelsie Bryant, who finished with a 6-3 score over Alli Valk and Gerda Upeniece, while the second win was by partners Lani-Rae Green and Kristina Breisacher, who finished their match with a 6-4 score over Eszter Zador and Ashley Knecht.

Going into singles competition, UC Davis automatically received two teams points by default due Portland State’s inability to fill the fifth and sixth lineup positions; however, after the first two played out singles game, the first being a straight-set win by Pradeep over Ashley Knecht, 6-0, 6-1, and the next one being a straight-set win by Green over Gerda Upeniece, 6-1, 6-1, the Vikings’ Eszter Zador scored a point for her team to make it a 4-1 game. The last win in single play came from Jorgensen, who defeated All Valk in straight-sets, 6-0, 6-3.

Although the fifth and sixth position could not be filled by Portland State during the time of competition, the players that went up against Green and Pradeep volunteered to play an exhibition set against Sara Tsukamoto and von Ebbe. Tsukamoto, who made her first Division I debut at this game, got a 6-1 set win over Gerda Upeniece, while von Ebbe had a 6-0 set win over Ashley Knecht.

The UC Davis women’s tennis team returns to action tomorrow to take on the University of Portland. 

UC Davis (1-0) at Portland State (0-1)
Jan. 20, 2018 at Vancouver, Wash. (Club Green Meadows)

FINAL SCORE: UC Davis 6, Portland State, 1

1. Kristy Jorgensen / Kelsie Bryant (UCD) def. Alli Valk/Gerda Upeniece (PSU) , 6-3
2. Lani-Rae Green / Kristina Breisacher (UCD) def. Eszter Zador/Ashley Knecht (PSU), 6-4
3. Isabella von Ebbe / Nikita Pradeep (UCD), WD

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*

1. Kristy Jorgensen (UCD) def. Allie Valk (PSU), 6-0, 6-3
2. Eszter Zador (PSU) def. Kristina Breisacher (UCD), 6-3, 6-2
3. Lani-Rae Green (UCD) def. Gerda Upeniece (PSU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Nikita Pradeep (UCD) def. Ashley Knecht (PSU), 6-0, 6-1
(Exhibition sets)
5. Sara Tsukamoto (UCD) vs. Gerda Upeniece (PSU), 6-1, WD
6. Isabella von Ebbe (UCD) vs. Ashley Knecht (PSU), 6-0, WD

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 3, 1*, 2

Note: WD = won by default

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