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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Men’s Tennis Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside, No. 53 UC Irvine

Records: Aggies, 7-10 (1-2); Highlanders, 3-14 (0-3); Anteaters, 13-9 (2-1)

Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center – Davis, Calif.

When: Saturday at noon; Sunday at noon

Who to watch: Senior Tyler Lee is wrapping up a fine college career as he’s seen his fair share of both doubles and singles play since he was a freshman.

“He’s had a solid year so far,” said coach Daryl Lee of the Bermuda Dunes, Calif. local. “Since Tyler started [at UC Davis], he’s done a good job.”

Did you know: The Aggies have lost to the Anteaters in six of the past seven years. The one year the Aggies didn’t lose was a year in which the two teams didn’t play each other.

Preview: It seems like just yesterday the Aggies were almost halfway through the season and were yet to play a contest on their home court.

Now the reality is that UC Davis will be playing in its last two home matches of the season this weekend to end a seven-game homestand.

The Aggies’ big weekend starts on Picnic Day against the Highlanders. While UC Davis has defeated UC Riverside in each of the last two seasons and the Highlanders’ record isn’t very impressive, coach Lee still sees them as a potential threat.

“I think [the Highlanders] are definitely better than their record,” Lee said. “They’ve had a lot of good individual performances.”

The Aggies will end their weekend on Sunday with the Anteaters who have handled the Aggies well in recent years.

It’s also the last home contest of the year for the Aggies, meaning it’s Senior Day. In recent years, Aggie seniors have had a good amount of success in their last home match.

Lee thinks it depends on the player, though, not the year to determine how they will do in the last home game.

The Aggies’ usual lineup consists of two other seniors who will be playing in their last home match – Hunter Lee and Nic Amaroli.

Both Lee and Amaroli have had different highlights during their college careers but have made more of an impact in doubles play this season, according to Lee.

? Zander Wold


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