April 19, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Megan Heneghan, one of three UC Davis seniors who competed in their final dual in Saturday's non-conference match at the Marya Welch Center capped a near five-hour battle against San Jose State with a gutsy three-set victory. However, it was the visiting Spartans who were able to record a slim 4-3 win by taking four of six singles matchups to defeat the host Aggies.
UC Davis will enter next week's Big West Tournament with a 12-9 overall and a 4-3 Big West mark, San Jose State improves to 11-13 with Saturday's result.
For the 14th time in their last 15 matches, the Aggies took a 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles point.
Against the Spartans, it was Tiffany Pham and Samantha Martino who stepped up to win their tiebreaker 7-5, which led to an 8-7 win over Marie Klocker and Justine Deleval. Once Heneghan and Kobayakawa extended their Division I, program record doubles win streak to 15 with their 8-6 win over Julianna Bacelar and Jessica Willett, the Aggies officially took the lead entering the round of singles.
After SJSU tied the match at one apiece after the first singles match finished in its favor, Kamila Kecki helped the Aggies regain the lead once again. By defeating Deleval in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, UC Davis' overall lead stood at 2-1.
However, the team's fortunes turned as the afternoon progressed as the Spartans won the next three singles matches. Even though San Jose State earned the official decision, all attention was squarely placed on the final singles match in progress on court No. 1.
Engaged in a brilliant display of tennis was Heneghan and her counterpart in Klocker; after splitting the first two sets, Heneghan followed her first-set victory by pulling away in the third to earn the Aggies' final team point. In her final match at Marya Welch, Heneghan recorded a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory in front of an appreciative audience.
"I think this match against San Jose State prepared us well," said UC Davis head coach Bill Maze regarding next week's Big West Women's Tennis Championships. "We played against a tough opponent in hot conditions, weather that is similar to what we will experience in Indian Wells."
"I think we have a chance to make it to the end," continued Maze regarding his team's playoff potential. "These three seniors have played incredible tennis and have been great leaders both on, and off the court."
One league match remains before the Big West can close the books on the 2014 regular season, assign seeds to all participating teams and shift its attention towards the conference tournament. Visit ucdavisaggies.com for the latest information regarding UC Davis women's tennis and the upcoming women's tennis championship.
San Jose State 4, UC Davis 3
April 19, 2014
Davis, Calif. (Marya Welch Tennis Center)
1. Rey, Gaelle/Leon Chao, Sabastian (SJSU) def. Layla Sanders/Nicole Koehly (UCD) 8-1
2. Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Bacelar, Julianna/Willett, Jessica (SJSU) 8-6
3. Tiffany Pham/Samantha Martino (UCD) def. Klocker, Marie/Deleval, Justine (SJSU) 8-7 (7-5)
1. Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Klocker, Marie (SJSU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
2. Rey, Gaelle (SJSU) def. Layla Sanders (UCD) 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
3. Leon Chao, Sabastian (SJSU) def. Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) 6-3, 6-1
4. Bacelar, Julianna (SJSU) def. Nicole Koehly (UCD) 6-1, 6-1
5. Willett, Jessica (SJSU) def. Tiffany Pham (UCD) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Kamila Kecki (UCD) def. Truong, Tipper (SJSU) 6-4, 6-2
San Jose State 11-13
UC Davis 12-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,3,2,1)
UC Davis' 2014 Senior Day; final home match for Aggie seniors Megan Heneghan, Melissa Kobayakawa and Nicole Koehly.