The UC Davis men’s tennis team opened its 2009 season by going 1-2 at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center in Portland, Ore. over the weekend.
The Aggies were defeated by Portland, 6-1, in their season opener Friday. The Pilots took two of three doubles matches for the first point of the day before winning five more times in singles. Nick Lopez claimed a singles win at No. 2 for UC Davis, while Josh Albert teamed with Kevin Liang for a win at No. 3 doubles.
The clinching doubles match came down to No. 1, where Evan Schleining and Filip Zivkovic outlasted Nic Amaroli and Michael Reiser, 8-6, to claim the point for Portland.
All of the singles matches were decided in straight sets. Lopez was the lone Aggie winner, as he defeated Thorp, 6-2, 6-2.
The Aggies picked up their first win of the season the following afternoon, blanking Portland State, 7-0.
In doubles, Amaroli and Reiser were 8-6 winners over Kyle Erickson and Chris Rice. Hunter Lee and Lopez teamed at No. 2 to defeat Jeff Cero and Alex VanDerschelden, 8-5. In addition, Liang and Albert picked up a victory at No. 3 for the Aggies.
All but two of the singles wins came in straight sets. Lee and Aria did just that at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The same was true for victories by Liang and Amaroli at No. 4 and No. 5.
Lopez prevailed at No. 1 with a three-set win over Rice, and Keanen McCarthy won a super-tiebreaker at No. 6 after splitting the first two sets with Alex Hart.
UC Davis closed out its road trip Sunday when it was defeated by Idaho, 4-3.
The Vandals swept doubles for the first point before winning three more times in singles. The loss drops UC Davis to 1-2 on the season, as the Aggies concluded a three-match trip in Portland.
The first doubles match to finish was at No. 1, where Alexandru Joitoiu and Artem Kuznetsov defeated Amaroli and Reiser, 8-6. Shortly after, Idaho clinched the point when Stanislav Gluhov and Timothy Huynh posted an 8-6 victory over Alberts and Liang at No. 3.
The Aggies evened the score at 1-1, as Reiser had no problem getting past Kuznetsov at No. 1, 6-1, 6-1. At No. 3, Joitoiu defeated Lee, 6-3, 6-2, to give Idaho a 2-1 lead. The Vandals would win the next two matches at No. 2 and No. 4 to clinch the win and take a 4-1 lead. Tyler Lee and Liang added wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, to account for the final score.
UC Davis is next in action on Saturday at Fresno State. It hosts Pacific in its home opener the following day at 1 p.m.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.