Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Northridge
Records: Aggies 9-7 (2-3), Matadors 8-6 (2-3)
Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center
When: Today at 2:00 p.m.
Who to watch: Coming off singles and doubles wins last Wednesday, Herzyl Legaspi did not earn any marks against Portland.
Due to rain, the American Canyon, Calif. native did not compete in doubles play or finish her singles match on Friday.
She should be plenty rested for her matches today against the Matadors.
Did you know? The Aggies’ current seven-game win streak is not only their highest of the season, but the longest any Aggie squad has had in more than five years.
Preview: The tail end of the schedule has played out just how coach Bill Maze envisioned it – an undefeated record since spring break.
Despite the justified buzz around the team, Maze feels today’s test against Cal State Northridge could be their first since the layoff.
“I think doubles is going to be huge,” Maze said. “[The Matadors] have some strong players. The close matches are the fun ones.”
As Maze has eluded to many times this season, doubles play is essential to grabbing early match leads. For the Aggies, doubles play has been an area that has garnered little attention in recent games.
They did, however, forego doubles competition in their matchup against Portland on Friday because the victory had already been decided in singles action.
The Aggies have ripped off seven consecutive victories, but as in any other sport, conference record is all that matters at season’s end.
“It would be great to continue this streak,” Maze said. “The conference matches are more important. It would be a good way to top it off.”
The Aggies had little success with the Matadors in the past, including last year’s 4-3 loss.
Dahra Zamudio, who has quietly gone under the radar this season, is the only returning player from last year’s squad to beat her Cal State Northridge opponent.
While Maze is not one to gloat about his team’s performance, he said most of its recent success has been part of a trend that dates back to before the beginning of this season.
“Historically, we’ve played well after finals,” Maze said. “It was a good way for us to schedule our opponents. It’s working out the way I hoped.”
MARCOS RODRIGUEZ can be reached at sportstheaggie.org.