Teams: No. 66 UC Davis vs. No. 42 Cal Poly; vs. UC San Diego
Records: Aggies, 12-3 (4-0); Mustangs, 12-3 (4-0); Tritons, 8-10
Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center
When: Saturday at 11 a.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m.
Who to watch: Freshman Megan Heneghan set the tone in UC Davis’ 6-1 rout of Montana on Sunday.
The Tustin, Calif. native swept Montana’s Rebecca Bran to open the meet.
Did you know? UC Davis has never won a Big West Conference women’s tennis title.
Preview: UC Davis is set to compete for a league title as the season gets into full swing.
In order to achieve that goal, the Aggies must knock off their toughest competitors, and that starts this weekend against the Mustangs.
“[The Mustangs] are very well coached,” said coach Bill Maze. “They know how to compete.”
Cal Poly currently sits tied with UC Davis atop the Big West standings, with an identical conference record.
Maze explained one of the keys to success is mental toughness.
“I tell each of my players to pay attention to what they do well,” Maze said. “We have enough talent to win if we stick to playing the way we like to play.”
This will be the second time in two weeks that the Aggies play an opponent ranked inside the top 50.
Maze is confident in his team’s abilities saying it is a team full of competitors.
After facing Cal Poly, UC Davis returns to the court Sunday against UC San Diego. For the Tritons, playing the Aggies will be their third straight road match in as many days.
Coach Maze brushed aside any thoughts that the Aggies would have a letdown following a big conference match-up.
“We have good competitors on this team and I don’t think it will be a problem” he said.
With the Aggies’ final seven regular season matches at Marya Welch Tennis Center, Saturday marks the start of a long home stretch that will lead up to the Big West Championships.
With spring quarter starting, Maze has some words for the UC Davis supporters.
“Should be beautiful weather, so bring a sandwich and support the Ags!”
– Caelum Shove