Feb. 8, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's tennis team heads to the Pacific Northwest to begin another lengthy road trip, taking on No. 69 Oregon on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Oregon Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Ore. before facing Portland on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center in Portland.
UC Davis looks to snap a four-game losing streak after opening up the season facing three straight nationally-ranked opponents on the road. Most recently, the Aggies were edged by Santa Clara in their home opener, falling 4-3 on Feb. 3 at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
Junior Melissa Kobayakawa is leading the Aggies with a 3-1 record at No. 6 singles, including wins against ranked teams. Against 29th-ranked Arizona on Jan. 19, she defeated Inge Hendrikx 6-4, 6-2 then took down Natalie Dillon of then-No. 5 Stanford in a three-set victory on Jan. 31.
The Aggies have also seen a strong debut from freshman Tiffany Pham who won both her singles and doubles contests on Feb. 3 against Santa Clara. Pham and Ellie Edles have combined for a 2-3 doubles record at the No. 2 position.
Oregon remains undefeated at 6-0 to open the 2013 season and is led by sophomore Nicole Long who has won 10 consecutive singles matches. Long has already surpassed her singles win total (8) from her freshman season at the University of Oklahoma and leads four Ducks who have won at least five singles matches.
Long and doubles partner Patricia Skowronski have also combined for a 5-0 dual match record at the No. 1 spot.
Portland is in the midst of a two-game losing streak after most recently dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 40 Saint Mary's to move to 2-2 on the year.
Seniors Valeska Hoath and Sabine Fuchs are both 3-1 in singles play for a Pilot team that features eight underclassmen. Freshman Saroop Dhatt has also produced a 3-1 record for Portland.
The weekend's contests begin a five-match road trip for UC Davis as the Aggies will not return home until Mar. 2 to face Cal Poly in their Big West Conference opener. In fact, the Aggies will play just two home matches until Apr. 4 when UC Davis closes the season with six consecutive home matches.
UC Davis will remain local, if not at home, for its next match, traveling across the Causeway to take on crosstown rival Sacramento State on Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m.