Season-Long Five-Match Road Trip Continues For UC Davis

Lauren Curry was one of four Aggies responsible for her team's comeback effort at Portland last weekend.

Feb. 12, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -


Feb. 9 at No. 69 Oregon: L, 5-2
Feb. 10 at Portland: W, 4-3 


Friday, Feb. 15
UC Davis Aggies (2-5) at No. 63 Sacramento State (1-3)
Rio Del Oro Racquet Club (Sacramento, Calif.) - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16
UC Davis Aggies at San Francisco (3-2)
Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.) - 12 p.m.

Less than a week after starting its season-long road trip with a split of its matches played during a two-day swing through the Pacific Northwest, UC Davis will make the brief trek to Sacramento State for a 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon Causeway Cup matchup before traveling to Golden Gate Park the following day to face San Francisco at 12 p.m.

Opening last weekend's action against No. 69 Oregon, a non-conference meeting that saw Nicole Koehly and Melissa Kobayakawa score points for the Aggies in their respective singles matches, UC Davis snapped its five-game slide the next day by defeating Portland in come-from-behind fashion by a 4-3 score.

By winning four of six singles matches, the Aggies picked up their first victory since defeating Northern Arizona 6-1 in the team's season opener in Tucson, Ariz., last month.

Capturing their respective singles events with straight set triumphs, Layla Sanders (No. 2), Lauren Curry (No. 3), Kobayakawa (No. 5) and Koehly (No. 6) were responsible for earning the necessary points for the Aggies to leave the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center with their second win of the season.

Up next for UC Davis is a 1:30 p.m. Causeway Cup Friday afternoon matchup involving a Sacramento State squad that has only competed in four matches this season. Swept in their first three contests by Arizona, Texas Tech and Washington State, the No. 58 Hornets earned their first victory by sweeping Eastern Washington last Sunday.



Friday's contest is the first home event of the season for Sacramento State. Even though the Hornets have experienced a rough start to their schedule, they are still the favorites to capture the Big Sky title after receiving all but one first place votes in the conference's Preseason Tennis Poll. In addition to 93 straight conference dual match wins, the Hornets have won 11 straight Big Sky regular season and tournament titles and carry a No. 63 national ranking into the event.

UC Davis will reach the midpoint of its five-match road trip, and end weekend competition at Golden Gate Park against the San Francisco Dons in a 12 p.m. non-conference contest. 

The third Big West opponent San Francisco will face this season, the Aggies have their sights set on accomplishing something Pacific and UC Santa Barbara were unable to do - defeat the Dons.

In addition to those two victories, both earned on the road, San Francisco also swept UTEP at home to complete its list of victories earned this season.

A 6-1 loss to Fresno State took place the last time San Francisco was in action, the first home defeat suffered by San Francisco in its second home event of the season.

Prior to that defeat, San Francisco's only loss took place on Jan. 30, at San Jose State, by a 5-2 score.

Leading her team with an 8-3 singles mark this season, including wins in all four dual matches at the No. 2 spot, San Francisco freshman Sofia Holmberg leads a San Francisco singles squad that boasts three players with a winning record. In addition to Holmberg, freshman Andrea Ka and sophomore Marina Nikolic are 8-3 and 6-5 respectively in their 11 fall and spring singles matches.

In dual competition, Ka is 3-1 as the Dons' No. 1 singles player, Nikolic is 2-0 at the No. 4 spot and 0-1 at the No. 5 position.