Aggies gear up for duals with the Dons and Gaels

Feb. 15, 2018


UC Davis (6-1) at San Francisco (1-2)
Sat, Feb. 17, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Olympic Club
San Francisco, Calif.

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UC Davis hosts Saint Mary’s (2-4)*
Sun, Feb. 18, 2018
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Davis, Calif.

*subject to change after matchup with UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17

DAVIS, Calif. — Coming off both a 5-3 match-win from last weekend against Pacific, as well as the biggest upset so far in the Big West Conference after the Aggies defeated Hawai’i, 4-2, on Tuesday afternoon, the UC Davis women’s tennis team takes their 6-1 record this weekend to the Bay Area for a dual against San Francisco on Saturday (Feb. 17), before returning home to the Marya Welch Tennis Center the following day (Feb. 18) to host Saint Mary’s at noon.

The dual match against Hawai’i, a fellow Big West conference university, on Tuesday was especially rewarding for the UC Davis women’s tennis squad because the Rainbow Wahine was the regular season Big West Champions for the 2017 season, while the Aggies were sixth. That being said, Hawai’i was the heavy favorite entering the courts that day. The favoritism grew even more after doubles play, as the island university swept the competition to seal the doubles point going into singles; however, UC Davis went unfazed as they went on to win four of the six singles matches and the team victory.

Aggie sophomore Nikita Pradeep was the first of four to win her singles match, defeating Klara Pribylova in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-1. Pradeep currently leads the Aggie scoreboard for singles play with an impressive 7-0 overall record.

Hawai’i garnered one singles win before Lani-Rae Green, Sara Tsukamoto, and Kristina Breisacher countered with three straight-set victories, respectively, to get the Aggies to their four-point winning mark, and secure their upset over the Rainbow Wahine.

Going into this weekend, San Francisco enters the matchup with UC Davis holding a 1-2 overall record in the 2018 dual season. The last time the Aggies and the Dons met on the courts was at the Marya Welch Tennis Center during the 2017 season, where the home team won 5-2 against the Bay Area university after winning both the doubles point and the first three finished singles matches of the day.

Saint Mary’s is currently 2-4 overall prior to their matchup with UC Santa Barbara’s team the day before meeting the Aggies on Sunday. As a team this season, Saint Mary’s is 9-19 in singles, and 4-8 in doubles play. In the last matchup between the Aggies and the Gaels, senior Kristy Jorgensen posted a three-set win over nationally-ranked Jana McCord at No. 1 singles; however, the Moraga, Calif., university overcame the loss to finish the dual with a 4-3 victory. 

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