UC Davis Ends Hiatus with Three Straight Matches

Layla Sanders earned Big West Player of the Week honors after helping her team defeat a nationally-ranked San Jose State squad in the Aggies' last match.

March 13, 2013

Idle since March 3

March 2 vs. Cal Poly: W, 5-2
March 3 at No. 64 San Jose State: W, 4-3


Friday, March 15
UC Davis Aggies (5-7, 1-0 BWC) at No. 23 UC Irvine (12-3, 3-0 BWC)
Anteater Tennis Stadium (Irvine, Calif.) - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 16
UC Davis Aggies at Cal State Fullerton (8-8, 2-3 BWC)
Titan Tennis Courts (Fullerton, Calif.) - 12 p.m.

Sunday, March 17
UC Davis Aggies at Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-3, 2-2 BWC)
Matador Tennis Complex (Northridge, Calif.) - 12:30 p.m.

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will end a 12-day hiatus and its current four-match road trip with a three-day, three-match Big West Conference swing through Southern California.

Starting Friday afternoon at UC Irvine, the Aggies will continue its trek the following day at Cal State Fullerton before competing in the final road match of the season at Cal State Northridge Sunday afternoon.

Even though its first road match of the weekend features a formidable foe ranked No. 23 in the nation, UC Davis will look to earn its first three-match win streak of the season when the Aggies tangle with Irvine at Anteater Tennis Stadium. With a win, UC Davis will record its third victory over a ranked team this year, snap the Anteaters' 10-match win streak, and hand UCI its first home loss of the season. 

Of those 10 straight victories, seven were earned at home. Unlike the Aggies who have hosted only two matches at the Marya Welch Tennis Center this year, eight of UCI's 15 matches took place on its home surface. UC Davis is the fifth of eight teams scheduled to visit the Stadium during the Anteaters' current homestand.

Immediately after its match in Irvine, the team will prepare for its second Big West contest in as many days and make the short drive north to face Cal State Fullerton. 

Victorious in its head-to-head meeting last season, the Aggies hope this year's meeting ends in a similar fashion - a 6-1 UC Davis triumph.

Defeated in four of its last six matches played, only one Titan singles player possesses a record above .500 in her last 10 matches. That individual, Megan Sandford, is 7-3 with all but two of her victories earned in the No. 6 spot. The other two triumphs were earned as Fullerton's No. 4 player.

As is the case with the Titans' singles lineup, the doubles roster has experienced its fair share of difficulties as well. Only one of the six doubles pairings used by Fullerton this season possesses a winning record; Morgan McIntosh and Kalika Slevcove are 10-8 this season as their team's No. 2 pairing.

The final road match of the year will take the Aggies to the San Gabriel Valley to face a Cal State Northridge team that fell 5-2 to UC Davis last season.

Against the Matadors, last week's Big West Conference Player of the Week recipient, Layla Sanders, will square off against this week's recipient, Maria Pistalu in the Aggies' final road dual of the year.

In addition to capturing the winning point for CSUN in its victory over Pacific and pushing her singles record to 6-3 on the season and 3-1 against conference competition, Pistalu and her doubles partner, Lorraine Cheung are coming off a week where the pair won all three doubles matches played. In addition to winning seven-straight matches, the duo are 8-1 on the year.

Six straight home matches will take place for UC Davis before the team returns to the road again to participate in the Big West Championships in late April.