Aggies head south for two Big West conference matches

March 8, 2018


UC Davis (9-3) at Long Beach State (5-5)*
Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Rhodes Tennis Complex
Long Beach, Calif. 

*Subject to change after matchup with Furman on Mar. 9

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UC Davis at UC Riverside (1-11)*
Sun., Mar. 11, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
SRC Tennis Courts
Riverside, Calif.

*Subject to change after matchup with Utah State on Mar. 8

DAVIS, Calif. — The UC Davis women’s tennis team came off a successful weekend of competition play after a shutout of Big West Conference school CSUN, 4-0, at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Coming up, the Aggies will make a trip down to Southern California for two conference matches this weekend, first meeting on the courts with Long Beach State on Saturday morning, and then UC Riverside team on the following morning.

After meeting on the courts with the Matadors, the Aggies bump their wins to nine for the dual season.

For the 2018 Women’s Standings in the Big West Conference, UC Davis remains in third behind Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara. The 49ers trail close behind in the fourth-place spot, while the Highlanders are currently occupy the ninth-place spot.

As released by the ITA Rankings on Mar. 6, none of this weekend’s teams are placed among the the top-50, nor are there any singles players or doubles team in the national rankings.

To recap on the action that took place in the CSUN dual match, the Aggies got the doubles point lead early on, taking away the first two wins at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions, while sophomore and undefeated singles player Nikita Pradeep, freshman Sara Tsukamoto, and senior Kristy Jorgensen swept the first three singles match wins to conclude the dual with a four-point team score without giving the Matadors an opportunity to score.

Going into this weekend, Long Beach State is even at a 5-5 overall record for the dual season; however, this record will change after their matchup with Furman’s team on Friday (Mar. 9). As a team, the 49ers are 27-29 in singles, and 7-16 in doubles, with Natalia Munoz leading the team with seven singles wins, while partners Munoz and Lena Pecholski hold the most doubles wins with two.

UC Riverside has faced tough competition thus far as they are currently 1-11 overall, but this record will also be subject to change after meeting with Utah State’s team on Thursday afternoon (Mar. 8). The Highlander’s only match win of the season took place on Jan. 25 after facing Hope International’s team. As last recorded, Tia Elpusan and Tracy Van lead their team in singles wins with four wins apiece, while UC Riverside tandem Elpusan and Sara Khattab are at the top in wins with five.

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