Aug 26, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's head coach Bill Maze has announced his 2013-14 schedule, one that features three fall tournaments and 21 spring dual matches.
The sixth-annual Aggie Pro/Am will kickoff the season, an exhibition event that will serve as the lone tune-up prior to a fall schedule that features three tournaments.
Starting with the Nike Cal Invite (Sept. 27-29) in Berkeley, Calif., UC Davis will participate in the St. Mary's Invitational (Oct. 11-13) in Moraga, Calif., and the ITA Northwest Regionals (Oct. 18-22) in Stanford, Calif., before commencing its slate of spring duals.
A three-match road swing that starts at Pacific (Jan. 25), continues at San Diego State (Feb. 1) and ends at UC San Diego (Feb. 2) will take place before the Aggies host Nevada (Feb. 7) in its home opener.
San Francisco (Feb. 8) will visit the Marya Welch Tennis Center before the Aggies embark on a two-game trip through Southern California to compete in its inaugural set of Big West matches. UC Davis will open its conference schedule at Long Beach State (Feb. 15), the defending Big West champions, and UC Riverside (Feb. 16).
A week will pass before the team returns to action; the Aggies will host this year's Causeway Cup match against Sacramento State (Feb. 23) and look to secure its second straight triumph over their regional rivals.
UC Davis snapped a 12-match slide against the Hornets by securing a 4-3 victory on Sacramento State's home courts last year. With that win, UC Davis secured the necessary amount of points needed to bring the Causeway Cup back to Davis, and earned its first win of the year against a nationally ranked opponent.
The Hornets entered that event ranked No. 63 in the nation.
Consecutive matches at Santa Clara (March 1), and at home against Sonoma State (March 2) will take place before the Aggies hit the road once against for back-to-back Big West events at UC Santa Barbara (March 8) and Cal Poly (March 9).
A six-match homestand awaits the Aggies when the team returns from San Luis Obispo, a stretch of action at the Marya Welch Tennis Center that starts win non-conference tilts against Youngstown State (March 12), Eastern Washington (March 26) and Portland (March 30) before continuing against conference counterparts in Cal State Fullerton (April 4), UC Irvine (April 6) and Cal State Northridge (April 8) - the final home conference match of the year.
Shortly after its match against the Matadors, UC Davis will head west to the islands for a two-match trip at Hawai'i Pacific (April 11) and at Hawai'i (April 12) in a match that will complete the Aggies' Big West schedule.
San Jose State (April 19), another ranked team UC Davis defeated last season, will visit campus in the Aggies' season finale, the last regular season contest prior to the Big West Women's Tennis Championship.
Taking place from April 24-27 in Indian Wells, Calif., the Indian Wells Tennis Center will serve as the site of the conference's annual postseason event for the 11th year. Last season, UC Davis advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating UC Riverside in the tournament's opening round.
Including All-Big West recipients Megan Heneghan, Nicole Koehly and Layla Sanders, Claire Jaramishian, Melissa Kobayakawa and Tiffany Pham return for Coach Maze this year as his team seeks the school's first Big West title since joining the conference in 2007. Also joining the women's tennis program this season are newcomers Samantha Martino and Frederique Sleiffer.