April 11, 2014
MANOA, Hawai'i - Megan Heneghan recorded an individual sweep and Kamila Kecki earned a straight-set decision in Friday's non-conference match at Hawai'i Pacific, but the Sea Warriors took the other four singles matchups and added the doubles point to down UC Davis 5-2.
Taking place at the UH Tennis Complex, UC Davis will return to Big West foe Hawai'i and its tennis facility for the second time in as many days when the Aggies square off against the Rainbow Wahine Saturday at 11 a.m. HT/2 p.m. PT. UC Davis will enter that match with a 12-8 overall record, Hawai'i-Pacific improves to 14-5 with the result.
Since Friday's match was a non-conference affair, UC Davis' position in the Big West's standings is unaffected by the day's outcome. With tournament seedings at stake, the Aggies will enter their final conference dual trailing Hawai'i by half a match with their 4-3 record. Also sporting four victories, the Rainbow Wahine will take the courts with a 4-2 conference record.
With Long Beach State and UC Irvine each tied for first place with matching 6-0 BWC records, the winner of Saturday's dual will possess a stranglehold on the Big West Tournament's No. 3 seed. If UC Davis wins, the Aggies will end its BWC slate with a 5-3 record and own the tiebreaker against Hawai'i, who currently occupies that spot. With Hawai'i ending its season at Cal State Northridge next week, a loss against UC Davis will push the Rainbow Wahine to 4-3; if victorious on Saturday, the Aggies will own the tiebreaker against CSUN and UH.
By virtue of dropping its head-to-head match against the Gauchos, UCSB owns the tiebreaker against UC Davis. Entering this week's contests with a 3-3 conference mark, the Aggies need to only worry about UC Santa Barbara catching them in the standings if the team leaves the islands with a victory over the Rainbow Wahine.
With myriad possibilities facing the Aggies entering their two-match schedule on the islands, Friday's match served mainly as a precursor to Saturday's crucial conference contest at UH.
Even though the Sea Warriors earned the doubles point, Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa extended their doubles win streak to 14 with an 8-3 win against HPU's Lorena Gheorghe and Magdalena Smejova.
Heneghan capped her unblemished day by shutting out Karen Ramirez 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1, to earn the Aggies' inaugural team point.
Ramirez is ranked No. 25 nationally against other peers at her level.
For the seventh time in her last eight singles matches, Kamila Kecki earned a straight-set victory. Against the Sea Warriors, it was Lea Kruse-Utermann who was able to scrape three games combined from Kecki as the first-year Aggie stormed past her No. 6 counterpart by a 6-0, 6-3 score.
Hawai'i-Pacific 5, UC Davis 2
April 11, 2014
Manoa, Hawai'i (UH Tennis Complex)
1. Karen Ramirez/Celina Goetti (HPU-WT) def. Layla Sanders/Nicole Koehly (UCD) 8-3
2. Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Lorena Gheorghe/Magdalena Smejova (HPU-WT) 8-3
3. Vivian Hansen/Lea Kruse-Utermann (HPU-WT) def. Tiffany Pham/Samantha Martino (UCD) 8-5
1. Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. #25 Karen Ramirez (HPU-WT) 6-0, 6-0
2. Celina Goetti (HPU-WT) def. Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) 6-2, 6-1
3. Magdalena Smejova (HPU-WT) def. Layla Sanders (UCD) 6-3, 6-2
4. Lorena Gheorghe (HPU-WT) def. Tiffany Pham (UCD) 6-3, 6-3
5. Vivian Hansen (HPU-WT) def. Nicole Koehly (UCD) 6-3, 7-5
6. Kamila Kecki (UCD) def. Lea Kruse-Utermann (HPU-WT) 6-0, 6-3
UC Davis 12-8
Hawai'i Pacific 14-5; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5)