Aggies upset Hawai'i in conference opener

Feb. 13, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — The UC Davis women’s tennis team boosts their overall record to 6-1 after receiving a 4-2 upset victory in their conference-opener of the 2018 dual season against Hawai’i at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The Rainbow Wahine started off the match bringing in a tidal wave of tough competition for the Aggies as they took the doubles point early on in the match, winning at No. 2, 6-2, and then No. 1, 6-0. The third doubles match of the day was with UC Davis duo Nikita Pradeep and Sara Tsukamoto, which went unfinished; however, prior to the conclusion of doubles play, the tandem was up 4-3 against Hawai’i tandem Marina Hrube and Alzbeta Houbova.

Although the victory at this point seemed to be less in favor of the home team, the Aggies refused to get washed away by the Rainbow Wahine’s current. In fact, UC Davis pushed through to garner four straight-set match victories out of six to eventually secure their team victory. The first of four Aggie singles wins came from Pradeep after her straight-set win against Klara Pribylova, 6-2, 6-1; however, Hawaii’s Roxanne Resma responded with a singles win over junior Isabella von Ebbe to give the Rainbow Wahine back their team lead.

Despite the temporary 2-1 lead over UC Davis, the fellow conference team did not find another opportunity to score for the duration of the dual as co-captain Lani-Rae Green tied up the game 2-2 after her straight-set win over Nikola Dolakova, 7-5, 6-3. Following after, Tsukamoto transitioned the Aggies into taking the leading position over the Rainbow Wahine after her straight-set match victory over Michelle Pits, 7-5, 6-1.

With a 3-2 Aggie lead, and two unfinished singles matches left in the dual, sophomore Kristina Breisacher served up a clinch performance against Hawaii’s Marina Hruba as she scored UC Davis’s fourth straight-set win of the day, 7-5, 6-4, as well as their 4-2 team victory against last year’s Big West Conference Champions.

The UC Davis women’s tennis team returns to action this weekend with two matches, starting with a dual against San Francisco on their courts on Saturday (Feb. 17), and then on the following day, the Aggies will be at home as they welcome Saint Mary’s to campus at noon.

UC Davis (6-1) hosts Hawai’i (2-2)
Feb. 13, 2018 at Davis, Calif. (Marya Welch Tennis Center)

FINAL SCORE: UC Davis 4, Hawai’i 2

1. Klara Pribylova/Nikola Dolakova (UH) def. Kristy Jorgensen / Kelsie Bryant (UCD), 6-2
2. Petra Melounova/Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Lani-Rae Green / Kristina Breisacher (UCD), 6-0
3. Nikita Pradeep / Sara Tsukamoto (UCD) vs. Marina Hruba/Alzbeta Houbova (UH), 4-3, unfinished

Order of Finish:  2, 1*

1. Kristy Jorgensen (UCD) vs. Petra Melounova (UH), 3-6, 7-6(4), 3-1, unfinished
2. Kristina Breisacher (UCD) def. Marina Hruba (UH), 7-5, 6-4
3. Lani-Rae Green (UCD) def. Nikola Dolakova (UH), 7-5, 6-3
4. Nikita Pradeep (UCD) def. Klara Pribylova (UH), 6-2, 6-1
5. Sara Tsukamoto (UCD) def. Michelle Pits (UH), 7-5, 6-1
6. Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Isabella von Ebbe (UCD), 6-3, 6-2

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

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