Heading into the final tournament of the fall, the Aggies wanted to perform well to get momentum going into dual meets in the spring.
They did just that, posting a successful showing at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Stanford over the weekend.
Sophomore Dahra Zamudio qualified for the round of 32 before falling to Alex Poorta of St. Mary’s 6-1, 6-4.
The double’s team of Ellie Edles and Herzyl Legaspi also had a good weekend, making it to the round of 16 before falling 8-0 to a duo from California.
“[Assistant coach] Randi Schuler and I feel that Ellie and Herzyl are a good combination,” said coach Bill Maze. “It’s very possible that we use that team for dual play.”
In the second round of play, Desiree Stone faced off against one of Stanford’s top players in Stacey Tan. In a close contest, Stone fell 6-3, 6-3, a match that Maze called one of his favorites to watch all season.
“It was a fun, high quality match and Desiree stuck with her the entire time,” Maze said.
The Aggies did have a little success against the Cardinal as Zamudio topped Stanford’s Natalie Dillon, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of singles action.
The ITA Northwest Regionals marked the end of the three-tournament preseason for the Aggies. UC Davis will have three months before its first dual match of the season on Jan. 22 at Arizona.
Over that break, Maze and Schuler will create a lineup that the Aggies will use for match play based on who stays motivated and in shape during the hiatus.
Maze doesn’t see that to be an issue with this group.
“[The players] feel they’ve worked and put in a lot of work in so far,” Maze said. “It would be bad if they threw that all away.”
With a smaller roster than in previous years, Maze believes that the cohesiveness of the players will keep them motivated heading into dual match play.
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