Women's Tennis Trumps Tritons, 8-1

Frederique Sleiffer earned her first singles victory as a member of UC Davis women's tennis, in straight-set fashion, Sunday afternoon at UC San Diego.

Feb. 2, 2014


LA JOLLA, Calif.  - UC Davis won all six singles matches in its Sunday dual at UC San Diego to officially collect its second victory of the season, but the Aggies also took two of three doubles matchups to leave the Northview Tennis Courts with an 8-1, non-conference victory.

Unlike traditional Division I duals where two of three doubles wins are required to record the first team point, Division II scoring rules were utilized since the Tritons were the host team. In this format, each individual match is worth a point; to capture a dual victory, five team points are needed instead of the usual best-of-seven scoring format that is utilized in events featuring two Div. I programs.

Sunday's match at UC San Diego caps a season-long four-match road trip for UC Davis, a two-week stretch of action that saw the Aggies finish with a 2-2 record. Competing in its second dual of the year, UC San Diego slips to 1-1 with the loss.

Tiffany Pham and Samantha Martino teamed up to collect the Aggies' first team point thanks to their 8-2 effort at No. 2 against UCSD's Shannon Theisen and Nava Nowamooz.

Megan Heneghan and Kamila Kecki, the next UC Davis doubles pairing to finish at No. 3, doubled their team's lead by downing Tara Vanooteghem and Laura Wilke by a similar score.

Heneghan, the first Aggie to finish her respective singles match at No. 1, started UC Davis' singles sweep by defeating Kyra Scott, 6-1, 6-1.

Kecki's 6-3, 6-0, victory over Theisen placed the Aggies one singles win shy of officially defeating the Tritons; Pham's 6-2, 6-4, triumph over Nowamooz pushed UC Davis to the five-point threshold.



UC Davis head coach Bill Maze slotted Kecki at singles No. 5. 

Extending the Aggies' advantage another three team points were Layla Sanders, Nicole Koehly and Frederique Sleiffer. As was the case with their teammates, all three posted straight-set singles victories-results that would have helped UC Davis still topple the Tritons had their teammates faltered in their singles matches.

Sanders collected her first singles victory of the season by defeating Paula Chou, 6-4, 6-3; Koehly extended the Aggies' string of singles success with her 7-5, 6-2, result over Vanooteghem; Sleiffer completed the Aggies' sweep and post her first singles dual win as a member of UC Davis women's tennis by following her 7-6, first-set tiebreak victory with a 6-0 shutout over Kellie Taylor in the following frame.

UC Davis will compete in its home opener when the Nevada visits the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 7. The Aggies' first home dual of 2014 will begin at 1:30 p.m.


UC Davis 8, UC San Diego 1
Feb. 2, 2014 at La Jolla, Calif.
(Northview Tennis Courts)

1. Kyra Scott/Paula Chou (UCSD) def. Layla Sanders/Nicole Koehly (UCD) 9-8 (7-2)
2. Tiffany Pham/Samantha Martino (UCD) def. Shannon Theisen/Nava Nowamooz (UCSD) 8-2
3. Megan Heneghan/Kamila Kecki (UCD) def. Tara Vanooteghem/Laura Wilke (UCSD) 8-2

1. Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Kyra Scott (UCSD) 6-1, 6-1
2. Layla Sanders (UCD) def. Paula Chou (UCSD) 6-4, 6-3
3. Nicole Koehly (UCD) def. Tara Vanooteghem (UCSD) 7-5, 6-2
4. Tiffany Pham (UCD) def. Nava Nowamooz (UCSD) 6-2, 6-4
5. Kamila Kecki (UCD) def. Shannon Theisen (UCSD) 6-3, 6-0
6. Frederique Sleiffer (UCD) def. Kellie Taylor (UCSD) 7-6 (2), 6-0
7. Samantha Martino (UCD) def. Liza Brusman (UCSD) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 11-9 (exh.) 

Match Notes
UC Davis 2-2; UC San Diego 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,5,4,2,3,6)