March 26, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Neither a last-minute venue switch or Eastern Washington were able to stop UC Davis from earning its third-straight victory with a true 7-0 sweep over the Eagles in Stockton, Calif.
By winning every set played inside the Westland In-Shape Club, the Aggies improved their overall record to 8-6; EWU falls to 3-12 with Wednesday's result. The victory is UC Davis' fifth in its last six duals played and second 7-0 score of the season.
Last February at UC Riverside, UC Davis posted a similar result by every set in all three doubles and six singles matchups.
With Eastern Washington forced to leave Stockton no later than 2 p.m. to make its flight back to Washington, both coaches agreed to switch the order of events and host the singles round first. Forced to move indoors due to inclement weather, the Aggies' "home" match against the Eagles started (and in essence, ended) with six straight singles victories.
The only Aggie to record a straight-set shutout victory over EWU, Frederique Sleiffer breezed past Alyssa Nagai 6-0, 6-0 to record her fourth singles win of the season. Coincidentally, the Aggies have earned a match victory in all four events that Sleiffer earned individual wins.
Melissa Kobayakawa nearly recorded a clean slate of her own; by dropping only one game to Dani Young, the senior posted a 6-0, 6-1 result-her sixth singles win in her last seven played.
Kamila Kecki, Tiffany Pham and Megan Heneghan each dropped only two games in their respective singles match to add another three points to their team's overall score. Kecki downed Malieva Hedberg by matching 6-1 set scores; Pham crushed Katrina Domingo 6-2, 6-0; Heneghan took the first set 6-2 and was leading 2-0 in the second frame before Moira Hedberg retired, giving the Aggie senior her ninth singles triumph of 2014.
Eastern Washington fared no better in the doubles round when Heneghan/Kobayakawa earned their eighth consecutive doubles win by topping Young/Domingo 8-4.
With the overall result officially in UC Davis' favor, doubles No. 2, a contest that featured Pham/Samantha Martino and EWU's Blessing/Hedberg, Ma. never commenced. The Aggies officially completed their sweep once the Eagles forfeited the No. 3 match.
UC Davis will return to campus to continue its homestand Sunday morning against the Portland Pilots. Action from the Marya Welch Tennis Center will begin at 9 a.m.
UC Davis 7, Eastern Washington 0
March 26, 2014
Stockton, Calif. (Westlane In-Shape Club)
1. Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. YOUNG, Dani/DOMINGO, Katrina (EWU) 8-4
2. Tiffany Pham/Samantha Martino (UCD) vs. BLESSING, Erin/HEDBERG, Malieva (EWU) unfinished
3. Eastern Washington forfeits match
1. Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. HEDBERG, Moira (EWU) 6-2, 2-0, retired
2. Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. YOUNG, Dani (EWU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Nicole Koehly (UCD) def. BLESSING, Erin (EWU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Tiffany Pham (UCD) def. DOMINGO, Katrina (EWU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Kamila Kecki (UCD) def. HEDBERG, Malieva (EWU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Frederique Sleiffer (UCD) def. NAGAI, Alyssa (EWU) 6-0, 6-0
Eastern Washington: 3-12
UC Davis: 8-6