Feb. 15, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Trailing Sacramento State 2-0 in its Friday afternoon, Causeway Classic match at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, UC Davis captured four of the final five singles matches to come-from-behind and upset No. 63 Sacramento State 4-3 in the Hornets' home opener.
UC Davis improves to 3-5 with the win while Sacramento State drops to 1-4.
The victory is the Aggies' first over their Causeway rival since March 31, 2000, a match that ended in UC Davis' favor by a 7-2 result.
As was the case in that turn-of-the-century tilt, UC Davis defeated Sacramento State on its own home court.
Lauren Curry and Megan Heneghan began their day on a positive note by securing the Aggies' only victory in the round of doubles with their 8-5 triumph over Olivia Boua and Saskia Angerer in the No. 3 spot.
Sacramento State eventually doubled its lead to a 2-0 margin once the first singles match finished, only to see its lead sliced in half when Layla Sanders defeated Sophie Lohscheidt 6-3, 6-0 shortly thereafter.
The score see-sawed once again in the Hornets' direction after they earned their second singles win to push the score back to its original two-point margin.
Leading 3-1, with three matches still in progress, all Sacramento State needed was one more singles win to defeat UC Davis and capture the five Causeway Cup points that were up for grabs.
Sacramento State is still waiting for that one victory.
Recording her fifth straight singles triumph by defeating Sacramento State's Saskia Angerer 6-2, 6-4, Nicole Koehly earned the first of consecutive straight-set victories for the Aggies.
Megan Heneghan was the next Aggie to finish her respective match, one that ended in her favor, to tie the overall score at three apiece. Shortly after defeating Rebeca Delgado 6-4, 6-2, Heneghan and her teammates gravitated to Melissa Kobayakawa's court to offer their encouragement.
Facing Boua, Kobayakawa added another layer of drama to an already tense situation by splitting the first two sets of her match; after winning the first set 6-4, she dropped the second by a 6-2 margin to force a decisive third set.
What was once a two-point deficit for UC Davis became a best-of-one set battle as the winner of the third would not only claim that singles matchup but also give her team bragging rights over the other until next season.
Once Kobayakawa broke Boua's serve, the junior from Cupertino finished strong to complete the Aggies' comeback attempt, also earning her first three-set victory of the season in the process by defeating Boua by a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 score.
"This match highlights the character of this team. Everyone works hard, wants to get better and succeed - that is all a coach can ask from his players. We will have this win for an entire year until we face Sacramento State again next year," said UC Davis head coach Bill Maze.
UC Davis will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 16, in a 12 p.m. non-conference match at San Francisco.
UC Davis vs. Sacramento State
Feb. 15, 2013 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Rio Del Oro Racquet Club)
UC Davis 4, #63 Sacramento State 3
1. Rebeca Delgado/Sophie Lohscheidt (SAC) def. Ellie Edles/Tiffany Pham (UCD) 8-3
2. Kathatina Knoebl/Jennifer Nguyen (SAC) def. Layla Sanders/Nicole Koehly (UCD) 8-2
3. Lauren Curry/Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Olivia Boua/Saskia Angerer (SAC) 8-5
1. Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Rebeca Delgado (SAC) 6-4, 6-2
2. Layla Sanders (UCD) def. Sophie Lohscheidt (SAC) 6-3, 6-0
3. Kathatina Knoebl (SAC) def. Lauren Curry (UCD) 7-5, 6-3
4. Jennifer Nguyen (SAC) def. Ellie Edles (UCD) 6-1, 6-0
5. Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Olivia Boua (SAC) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
6. Nicole Koehly (UCD) def. Saskia Angerer (SAC) 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes: UC Davis 3-5, Sacramento State 1-4; National ranking #63
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,3,6,1,5)
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