Who: UC Davis at No. 5 Stanford
Records: Aggies, 2-0; Cardinal, 0-0
Where: Taube Family Tennis Stadium – Palo Alto, Calif.
When: Today at 3 p.m.
Who to watch: Freshman Dahra Zamudio is proving she’ll be someone to watch this whole season.
In her first two matches as an Aggie, the Orange, Calif. native made quick work of her opponents, defeating Portland State‘s Caitlin Stocking 6-0, 6-0 on Saturday and Portland’s Stefanie Doolittle 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday.
“We were very pleased with Dahra’s effort this weekend,” coach Bill Maze said. “She’s just a darn good competitor. In her first games of her collegiate career, clearly she handled things beautifully.”
Did you know? Maze is in his 11th year with the UC Davis women’s tennis team – a tenure that equated visits to the NCAA Division II Championships in each of his first eight seasons, including five quarterfinal appearances.
Including the pair of victories over the weekend, Maze has gone 129-89 overall and 43-5 in conference.
Preview: The Aggies travel to Palo Alto looking to shock the Cardinal in their home opener today.
“Over the last 20 to 30 years, Stanford has been one of the best teams in the country,” Maze said. “It’s going to be a real test, but I’m sure we’ll find some silver lining in the match and we’ll see how it goes.“
The Aggies have the momentum heading into today’s match having gone 2-0 over the weekend against Portland State and Portland.
“It was nice to start off the season with some wins,” Maze said.
Highlighting the 5-2 win over Portland State was the final victory of the match in which UC Davis‘ Herzyl Legaspi defeated Portland State’s Alyssa Ferry 6-4. 6-4 at the No. 2 slot.
The final point sealed the victory for the Aggies against a depleted Portland State squad that could field only five players.
Outstanding doubles play started off the match in favor of the Aggies, as all three duos posted strong victories, outscoring the Pilots 24-10.
– Matt Miller