Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific; at San Jose State
Records: Aggies, 9-2 (3-0); Tigers, 3-4 (0-0); Spartans, 2-1
Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center; Spartan Courts – San Jose
When: Friday at 1:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m.
Who to watch: Freshman Meagan Heneghan has quickly found her place as an Aggie.
The Tustin, Calif. native has been the Aggies’ No. 1 player for the past six matches and has won all of them in straight sets. She will face her toughest opponent this year on Friday in Pacific’s Jenifer Widjaja who was ranked No. 186 in the world.
Did you know? The Aggies are unbeaten at home and have won their last eight matches.
Preview: The Aggies have come out swinging this season.
UC Davis is in second place in the Big West Conference with a 3-0 conference record. UC Davis faces a tough test on Friday, however, when Pacific comes to visit. The Aggies haven’t beaten the Tigers since 2008.
As well as his team has been playing so far, coach Bill Maze admits Friday’s match won’t be easy.
“On paper, I’m not sure we should beat them,” Maze said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge.”
Despite the stiff competition, Maze is confident in his squad’s abilities.
“The whole team is playing well,” Maze said. “We have to concentrate on the things we can control. We have the best chance to win if we focus on [having a] great attitude and great effort every day.”
The Aggies should have no fear of facing a strong opponent, as they have already knocked off then-ranked No. 69 UC Irvine. UC Davis can stay atop the Big West with a win over the Tigers.
After facing Pacific, the Aggies will travel to San Jose State for a non-conference match-up against the Spartans.
Maze is confident his team can top San Jose State.
“The team is self-motivated,” he said. “It’s the best team we’ve had in some time.”
– Caelum Shove