Down Goes Another Ranked Opponent

UC Davis earned its second victory over a ranked opponent with Layla Sanders' singles win.

March 3, 2013


SAN JOSE, Calif. - Trailing 3-1 in Sunday's non-conference match at the Spartan Tennis Complex in San Jose, Calif., UC Davis stormed back to win the last three singles matches to defeat No. 64 San Jose State 4-3.

The win improves the Aggies' record to 5-7 with the Spartans falling to 7-4 with the result. 

Sunday's win also caps a tremendous weekend for a women's tennis team that  captured its first Big West win of the season over Cal Poly less that 24 hours earlier.

Earning a national ranking for the first time in the program's history on Tuesday, Feb. 26, San Jose State will most likely fall out of the top 75 when the latest rankings are released Tuesday.

Even though their opponents sported a national ranking, Sunday's victory is far from an upset for an Aggie lineup that now possesses two victories over the nation's elite. 

On Feb. 15, UC Davis defeated it No. 63-ranked Causeway rival by a matching 4-3 score.

As was the case against the Hornets, Sunday's match possessed similar qualities in that:

1) UC Davis started its day by dropping the available doubles point to its opponent
2) The overall score was 3-1 before the Aggies began their comeback efforts
3) UC Davis ended its day by taking the last three straight singles matchups to record the win
4) The final team point was decided in the final singles match of the day, in the final possible set of the afternoon

Megan Heneghan earned the first team point when No. 40 Klaudia Boczova was forced to retire due to an injury after dropping the first set 7-5 to the Aggies' No. 1 singles player.

Trailing 3-1 at that point in the match, Melissa Kobayakawa soon posted UC Davis' next team point by easily dispatching Margot Charron, the Spartans' No. 5 singles player 6-1, 6-2.



Falling 1-6 in her first set against San Jose State's Jessica Willet, Nicole Koehly rebounded nicely to take the next two sets by duplicate 6-2 scores to earn another point for UC Davis and tie the match. 

With the overall score tied at three apiece, the game's fate rested in the hands of UC Davis' Layla Sanders and San Jose State's Sabastiani Leon Chao. 

Sanders was the first to possess an advantage after taking the first set 6-1, only to fall 5-7 in the subsequent set to force a winner-takes-all third set.

Capturing that decisive frame by a 6-4 score, Sanders officially secured the Aggies' second victory over a nationally ranked opponent and provided the perfect ending for a weekend that saw the Aggies win two matches in consecutive days.

UC Davis will return to action on Friday, March 15, in a 1:30 p.m. match at UC Irvine.

UC Davis 4, #64 San Jose State 3 
Mar. 3, 2013, at San Jose, Calif.
(Spartan Tennis Complex)

1. Sabastiani Leon Chao/Erica Medlin (SJSU) def. Ellie Edles/Tiffany Pham (UCD) 8-6
2. Jessica Willett/Klaudia Boczova (SJSU) def. Nicole Koehly/Layla Sanders (UCD) 8-3
3. Chau Truong/Julianna Bacelar (SJSU) def. Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) 8-4

1. Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. #40 Klaudia Boczova (SJSU) 7-5
2. Layla Sanders (UCD) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
3. Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Lauren Curry (UCD) 6-3, 6-1
4. Julianna Bacelar (SJSU) def. Ellie Edles (UCD) 6-0, 6-1
5. Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Margot Charron (SJSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Nicole Koehly (UCD) def. Jessica Willett (SJSU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2

Match Notes: UC Davis 5-7; San Jose State 7-4
National ranking: San Jose State #64
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3,5,6,2)