Aggies Stay Perfect In Conference With 7-2 Win Over Grand Canyon

March 7, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis captured four of six singles matches to clinch a 7-2 victory over Grand Canyon University in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's tennis match Sunday afternoon at Hickey Courts.

With the win UC Davis improves to 6-3 on the season and remains unbeaten in conference play at 5-0.

The day began with UC Davis sweeping the three doubles matches. Amanda Wise and Ashley Lehman got things started with an 8-1 win over Denia Combs and Gretta Erickson at No.3. Jennifer Fong and Christy Battig then posted an 8-4 win over Nikita Bardwaj and Sarah Mitchell at No.2 while the Aggies' top due of Ally Muller and Nancy Mok battled for a hard-fought, 8-6 win over Medini Sharma and Shawna Young at No.1.

In singles play, the Aggies clinched the match quickly as they posted convincing wins at the bottom three positions. Yuka Otaka defeated Young 6-2, 6-1 at No.4 while Audrey Wingo allowed just one game as she defeated Combs, 6-0, 6-1 at No.5. Wise then defeated Erickson 6-1, 6-1 at the No.6 spot.

The Antelopes picked up their two wins in the middle of the lineup as Sharma won a first-set tiebreaker then went on to defeat Nancy Mok, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 at No.2. Mitchell then rallied after dropping the first set to defeat Fong, 4-6, 6-3, (13-11), playing a super-tiebreaker in place of the third set.

The match of the day occurred at the No.1 singles spot. Muller captured the first set 6-4 before Bardwaj came back to get a break and serve out the second set, 6-4. Using a super tiebreaker for the third, Bardwaj looked to have the match in control, leading 9-6 with three match points. Muller fought back to even the match at 9-9 before Bardwaj held her fourth match points at 10-9. That was as far as she got as Muller won the last three points to close out the match, 6-4, 4-6, 12-10.



"Grand Canyon is a tough team this year," said Aggie head coach Bill Maze. "We knew we had out work cut out for us today. This team just has so much heart and we out-toughed them. Sweeping the doubles was key because I though our depth was going to help us in singles.

"I can't say enough about Ally," Maze continued. "She saved four match points and survived with her guts and effort. For a sophomore to show that much poise and leadership, it affects the entire team it a positive way."

UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Moraga to face Saint Mary's. Play begins at 3 p.m.

UC Davis 7 def. Grand Canyon 2
March 7, 2004
at Hickey Courts

No.1 Ally Muller (UCD) def. Nikita Bardwaj (GCU) 6-4, 4-6, 12-10
No.2 Medini Sharma (GCU) def. Nancy Mok 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
No.3 Sarah Mitchell (GCU) def. Jennifer Fong (CUD) 4-6, 6-3, (13-11)
No.4 Yuka Otaka (UCD) def. Shawna Young (GCU) 6-2, 6-1
No.5 Audrey Wingo (UCD) def. Denia Combs (GCU) 6-0, 6-1
No.6 Amanda Wise (UCD) def. Gretta Erickson (GCU) 6-1, 6-1

No.1 Muller/Mok (UCD) def. Sharma/Young (GCU) 8-6
No.2 Fong/ Christy Battig (UCD) def. Bardwaj/Mitchell (GCU) 8-4
No.3 Wise/ Ashley Lehman (UCD) def. Combs/Erickson (GCU) 8-1