The UC Davis women’s tennis team defeated Portland State, 5-2, in the season opener for both teams on Saturday. The Aggies won the doubles point before claiming four more points in singles. The Aggies were also able to capitalize on a short-handed Vikings‘ squad, which fielded just five players.
The first casualty for PSU came at the No. 3 doubles slot, where Sidney Brady and Jenna Kappel automatically claimed a win by default. Herzyl Legaspi and Dahra Zamudio posted an 8-2 victory over Anya Dalkin and Alyssa Ferry to clinch the doubles point. Randi Schuler and Desiree Stone were also victorious at No. 1.
The 1-0 lead was automatically doubled at the start of singles as the result of a win by default at No. 6. It didn’t take long for the Aggies to make it 3-0, as Zamudio blanked Caitlin Stocking, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3. The overall win was clinched when Jessica Harris defeated Kylea Gleason, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 5.
UC Davis picked up its final point at No. 2 as the result of a 6-4, 6-4 victory by Legaspi over Ferry. The Vikings claimed two points after the match was decided.
The Aggies then closed out their Oregon road trip Sunday morning when they took on Portland, where UC Davis picked up a 6-1 victory at the St. John’s Racket Center. The Aggies swept through the doubles matches before taking five out of six in singles.
The Aggie duo of Legaspi and Zamudio was the first to finish in doubles after an 8-2 victory over Lacey Pflibsen and Jenna Tanzer at No. 2. Next to finish was the match on court 3, where Brady and Kappel defeated Stefanie Doolittle and Anna Gullickson, 8-3. That win clinched the doubles point for the Aggies before Randi Schuler and Desiree Stone capped off doubles action with a win at No. 1.
Schuler was the first to finish in singles when she defeated Sporndli, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 to give UC Davis a 2-0 lead. The Pilots pulled within 2-1 with their only victory of the day by Lacey Pflibsen at No. 3, but the Aggies countered with four straight wins to close the match. The third point for UC Davis came from Zamudio, who posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Doolittle at No. 4. Stone provided the clinching victory at No. 2 with the day’s only three-set match, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Stephanie Fuchs to make it 4-1. Additional victories came from Harris and Emma Shapiro to account for the final two points.
UC Davis returns to action Thursday when it faces No. 5 Stanford on the road.
Aggie Digest is compiled by The California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.