For UC Davis It's Home Sweet Home

Tiffany Pham

April 2, 2013


March 30 at Cal State Stanislaus: W, 6-1


Thursday, April 4 
Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine (3-6, 2-2 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies (7-9, 2-2 BWC)
Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.) - 2 p.m.

NOTE: This match has been rescheduled for Monday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. due to inclement weather.

Friday, April 5
No. 43 Long Beach State 49ers (14-3, 5-1 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies
Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.) - 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 6
UC Riverside Highlanders (1-10, 0-4 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies
Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.) - 11 a.m.

DAVIS, Calif. – After a grueling schedule that included 14 of 16 matches played on the road, UC Davis will now enjoy the luxury of ending its season with six straight home matches, including five in a row against conference teams, beginning Thursday afternoon at the Marya Welch Tennis Center in a 2 p.m. match versus the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine.

UC Davis will return to action less than 24 hours later against No. 43 Long Beach State Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and end its three-day, three-match schedule versus UC Riverside Saturday morning at 11 a.m. 

Currently tied for fifth alongside Hawai’i, the Aggies have a golden opportunity to climb the standings and improve its seeding at the conference championships at the end of the month in Indian Wells, Calif., if victorious against league teams. Long Beach State enters its week in second with UC Riverside occupying 10th place.

UC Davis is not the only team with a busy schedule; all three opponents will compete against another opponent within a 24-hour window preceding its match against the Aggies. Hawai’i and UC Riverside will both face Pacific prior to arriving in Davis, Long Beach State will face Sacramento State, a team the Aggies defeated 4-3 in their Causeway match earlier this season. 

Victorious in four of its last six matches, UC Davis will compete in three conference contests this week, back-to-back Big West events next Friday and Saturday versus Pacific and UC Santa Barbara respectively before its season finale on April 20 against Sonoma State.

Even though the Rainbow Wahine lost three of its last four dual matches played, all three were against nationally ranked opposition in Long Beach State, San Diego and San Diego State. 

When comparing common opponents, Hawai’i is 1-1; as was the case with UC Davis, the ‘Bows also defeated Cal Poly. However, unlike the Aggies, Hawai’i lost to Cal State Fullerton.

Senior Katarina Poljakova is the only player for the Rainbow Warriors that possess a winning singles record (13-10). With five of those victories earned as the No. 1 singles player, Poljakova will seek her sixth singles win in her last 10 played.

By comparison, UC Davis has four players with a .500 overall singles record or better in Melissa Kobayakawa (14-5), Layla Sanders (13-12), Nicole Koehly (11-5) and Megan Heneghan (11-10).

Hawai’i head coach Jun Hernandez has utilized 16 doubles pairings throughout the season, Rebecca Faltusz and Poljakova are the only ones with a winning record at 1-0. Both Faltusz and Paulina Petriskova and Petriskova/Poljakova are 1-1 and comprise the only Rainbow Wahine tandems with a .500 record or higher. 

Prior to its matchup against UC Davis, Long Beach State will carry a six-match win streak to Sacramento State, the first of three-straight matches the 49ers will play in as many days throughout its tour of Northern California.

Long Beach will end its weekend at Pacific Saturday afternoon.

As the 49ers top singles players, Klaudia Malenovska and Ebba Unden are responsible for all nine victories at that position with the former tallying five victories and the latter earning four.

At the No. 2 slot Malenovska and Unden are also responsible for all 12 singles victories with five and seven respectively. 

Sarah Cantlay, the only player on the team who has competed in all 17 matches in the No. 3 spot, enters her weekend with a 14-3 individual record.

Karolina Rozenberg and Eva Rodriguez each won four matches as Long Beach’s No. 4, Anna Jeczmionka and Rozenberg have captured six singles triumphs apiece and are collectively accountable for all but one of 13 wins as the 49ers’ No. 5. Anne-Sophie Willems leads a lineup of three with nine wins out of her 13 played at the No. 6 position.

Compared to the Rainbow Wahine who have used multiple doubles lineups, Long Beach primarily pencils in three pairings who are responsible for 70 percent of the team’s overall number of doubles matches won. 

Cantlay and Malenovska are 14-4 as doubles partners this year competing in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions and are undefeated in league play, Rosenberg and Unden have earned nine of their 12 dual doubles victories as the 49ers’ No. 2 with Hazuki Onaga and Willems winning all six of their matches as the No. 3 pairing.

A busy weekend for UC Davis will conclude Saturday morning against UC Riverside, a team that earned its only victory of the year against Point Loma Nazarene in late February.

The Highlanders had a schedule full of matches in early March; with four patches played throughout the first nine days of the month, UC Riverside will end its 22-day hiatus with back-to-back weekend road matches at Pacific and UC Davis.

With only eight players on its roster, UC Riverside has used a set lineup throughout the entire season. Jamey Raney (4-6 record) will compete as the Highlanders’ No. 1 singles player, followed by sister Taylor Raney (3-8) at No. 2, Natalie McKay (2-9) at No. 3, Courtney Pattugalan (3-7) at No. 4, Kate Bergeson (2-9) and Thanh Doan (0-10) at No. 5 and No. 6.

The Raney sisters (2-5 record) are projected to compete as UC Riverside’s No. 1 doubles team McKay and Pattugalan (1-8) slated to compete as the team’s No. 2 (1-8) with Bergeson and Doan (2-7) completing the lineup in the No. 3 spot.