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Match 24 - Senior Day
UC Riverside Highlanders (5-11, 0-6 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (14-9, 2-5 BWC)
Saturday, April 22 - 11 a.m.
Marya Welch Tennis Center - Davis, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. - Picnic Day will provide the backdrop for women's tennis' final dual of the season when UC Riverside visits campus for Saturday's 11 a.m. contest. Once this matchup concludes, the Aggies' focus will shift towards Indian Wells, Calif., site of next week's Big West Women's Tennis Tournament.
Before action begins, the women's tennis program will honor Kamila Kecki and Samantha Martino, two seniors making their final appearance at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Both are four-year letterwinners for head coach Bill Maze.
Coming off a 4-3 victory on March 17 vs. Southern Utah, the Highlanders dropped their following three matches. After being shut out by Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly edged UCR in its last event, which took place on Saturday.
After dropping its late night dual to Long Beach State, and last weekend's home matchup against San José State, the Aggies would like to enter next week's tournament with a bit of momentum, something a victory will help accomplish. UC Riverside will face a challenging situation on Saturday since UC Davis has earned nine wins out of its 12 played at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
With a straight-sets victory in her singles match against the Spartans, Nikita Pradeep is on a roll with wins in six of her last nine played. With last weekend's result, the freshman now holds a 16-4 record in her first spring season of competition. That singles win total is the most since Frederique Sleiffer matched that amount during the 2015 dual season.
If Pradeep is able to collect the right result, she will tie a school record for the most singles victories in dual competition, a record currently shared by Kelly Chui and Lauren Curry, who each won 17 matches in 2011, and extend her current Division I record for the most wins by a first-year Aggie.
Another victory will also mark the Aggies' most successful spring season since that same 2011 campaign when Coach Maze's squad collected 17 wins. The 14 wins amassed by this year's roster is the second highest in the program's D-I era.
This Big West dual is an important one for both teams entering the final week of the regular season since postseason seedings are still up for grabs. The Highlanders will end a three-match homestand vs. UC Irvine on Thursday before heading to Northern California; Saturday's dual is the last one of the year for the Aggies.
Since CSUN's season is over, the Aggies have a chance to improve its league standing, and can tie the Matadors for fifth place with a win over the Highlanders.