Jan. 17, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - After a successful fall 2012 campaign, the UC Davis women's tennis team will open up the 2013 season this weekend, traveling to Arizona to take on three strong squads. The Aggies will trek to Tuscon on Friday to match up with Northern Arizona on neutral ground, then play host Arizona on Saturday before closing out the road trip against Arizona State Sunday in Tempe.
UC Davis enters the spring season after playing three tournaments in the fall, amassing a 30-24 overall singles record and a 7-14 doubles record.
Sophomore Layla Sanders led the way on the singles side, finishing the fall season 7-3. Junior Megan Heneghan came in at 4-2, with most of her matches in the top "A" flight. On the doubles side, the Aggies' most successful duo was Heneghan and Sanders, finishing 3-3 overall.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks return all six starters from the 2011-12 season and are led by senior Malia Wahinepio, a two-time All-Big Sky Conference second-team selection, and sophomore Hannah Stone who garnered all-conference first team honors as a freshman in 2011-12. Wahinepio finished last season with an 11-11 dual singles record, with all of her wins coming in the third flight.
Arizona enters the spring season ranked 29th nationally in the first Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings of the 2013 season. The Wildcats are led by juniors Lacey Smyth and Kim Stubbe and return four players from their 2011-12 squad. Most recently, Smyth and Stubbe paired up to win their doubles flight at the SDSU Fall Classic in Nov. while Smyth won the singles bracket championship.
The Aggies will close out the season-opening road trip against the Arizona State Sun Devils, ranked 37th nationally in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. The Aggies and Sun Devils were both at the Cal Nike Invitational in late September, but did not face each other during the tournament.
UC Davis' home opener will be on Sunday, Feb. 3 against Santa Clara at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.