April 12, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – What started with two 8-0 doubles victories over the Pacific Tigers in Friday’s conference match at the Marya Welch Tennis Center ended with UC Davis also taking four of six singles matchups to earn a 5-2 win in the final Big West head-to-head meeting involving both schools.
Pacific will join the West Coast Conference as its newest member this summer.
Entering with identical records, UC Davis ends the day with a 9-11 overall and 4-4 mark in league play while Pacific falls to 8-12 and 3-5 respectively.
UC Davis quickly secured the doubles point by posting shutout scores at No. 1 and 2, also bringing a premature end to the No. 3 doubles match that was still in progress.
The teams split the first two singles matches that finished, pushing the score to a 2-1 margin still in UC Davis’ favor. Shortly thereafter, Pacific tied the match at two apiece, turning Friday’s contest into a best-of-three affair.
That 2-2 tie was the last time the Tigers threatened the Aggies as the home squad took the final three matches of the day to pull away from Pacific and post a 5-2 victory.
Of those final three contests, Melissa Kobayakawa was the first to finish, defeating Susan Te in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Ellie Edles followed with another straight set triumph, one by a 6-4, 6-1 score to earn her seventh straight singles win and officially seal the victory for the Aggies.
Three of the four singles matches that ended in the Aggies’ favor were recorded in straight-set fashion; Nicole Koehly defeated Pacific’s Regina Suarez 6-2, 6-0 to help her team regain a 2-1 lead at that point of the afternoon.
Even though the Aggies officially earned the result they sought, the final event of the day involving Lauren Curry and Pacific’s Christiana Ferrari entertained everyone in attendance at the Marya Welch Tennis Center, including UC Santa Barbara, Saturday’s opponent, as the Gauchos paused their practice taking place simultaneously at the opposite end of the facility on numerous occasions to watch the action unfold.
In a third set that ended with six service breaks before a tiebreaker took place, Curry simply outhustled, outhit and outlasted her opponent in the waning moments of the afternoon to pull away for a 7-3 tiebreak triumph, and 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) match victory.
“I am still shaking because I have so much adrenaline pumping through my body,” said Curry following her match one that tested both participants mentally as well as physically due to the number of extended rallies that took place throughout the third set.
“The longer the point goes, the more I refuse to lose. I am a stubborn player that is frustrating to play against, and I know it; I can see my opponents break down the longer my match progresses.”
UC Davis will compete in its final regular season Big West match Saturday afternoon against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 12 p.m. at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
Prior to the start of Saturday’s action against UCSB, UC Davis Athletics will honor Marya Welch by unveiling a new entrance to her Tennis Center and plaque in her honor at 10:30 a.m. Festivities will take place outside the main gates off Howard Way across from the North Entry Parking Structure.
Exh. Tiffany Pham (UCD) def. Sheena Chaudhuri (UOP) 6-3, 6-0
Match Notes: Pacific 8-12, 3-5 BWC; UC Davis 9-11, 4-4 BWC