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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Men’s tennis preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Portland State; Nevada; UC Irvine

Records: Aggies, 8-10 (1-3); Vikings, 5-12; Wolf Pack, 4-13; Anteaters, 8-12 (1-1)

Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center; Galena High School – Reno, Nev.; Marya Welch Tennis Center

When: Today at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m.

Who to watch: Despite what may be going on around him, senior No. 5 singles player Daniel Elefant always has winning on his mind.

Last week against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, Elefant was the only victorious Aggie, boasting back-to-back wins in singles play.

Did you know: This will only be the second time all season the Aggies have competed in three consecutive days.

The only other time came from Feb. 2 to 4 when UC Davis went a combined 1-2 on the road against Portland, Portland State and Montana.

Preview: The Aggies haven’t won three-straight matches since the beginning of the season.

This weekend, they will have their chance.

UC Davis will face three teams with lower winning percentages than it this weekend, beginning today with Portland State.

The Viks are suddenly reeling after three straight-losses. Before the skid, they had won four of five.

The Aggies, meanwhile, are riding a losing steak of four, but that streak will end if past performance is any indicator.

On Feb. 2, they dominated the Viks on the road, 7-0. Four of six singles matches were decided in straight sets, including a 6-1, 6-0 victory by Elefant over Portland State freshman Jeff Cero.

Then on Saturday, UC Davis will travel across state lines to face Nevada, which is fresh off a 6-1 victory over UC Riverside.

When the two programs last met on Apr. 8, 2007, the Wolf Pack was victorious, 6-1. Justin Garcia picked up the lone UC Davis win, defeating Arzhang Derakhshani at No. 4 singles, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

On Sunday the Aggies will attempt to improve their 1-3 conference record as they face UC Irvine in Big West Conference action.

The Anteaters are 4-4 this season outside of Irvine compared to their sterling 8-3 home record. In their most recent action, they defeated Loyola Marymount 4-3 on Wednesday.





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