Teams: No. 58 UC Davis vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Records: Aggies, 16-6; Roadrunners, 3-12
Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center
When: Friday at 2 p.m.
Who to watch: Lauren Curry has won her last five matches in straight sets.
The sophomore from Walnut Creek, Calif. has played well for UC Davis is the number six singles position, and was the only player to win a match last weekend.
“Anyone can inspire the other players,” explained coach Bill Maze. “Number six singles is just as important as number one singles. It’s a great team sport.”
Did you know? With a win on Friday, the Aggies could finish the season with a 17-6 record, their best since becoming a Division I program.
Preview: UC Davis has just one more match before heading to the Big West Conference championships, but coach Bill Maze insists the team is not looking towards the postseason too early.
“We are going to treat [the match against Cal State Bakersfield] like any other match, and try to play as well as we can,” Maze said.
Still, this is a match that the Aggies will expect to win. The Roadrunners are an unranked team that have only recorded one away win this year, and three total victories.
“I think on paper we are better than Cal State Bakersfield,” Maze said. “But I thought we were better than Cal Poly on paper too.”
Cal Poly was the team that handed Davis their first conference loss of the year.
Coming off a tough two-loss weekend, the Aggies are looking to rebound and pick up some momentum before the postseason begins.
“It would be nice to play well and to get a win to gain some confidence going into the tournament,” Maze said. “I’m glad we have this match.”
The six-player lineup for UC Davis could look a little bit different on Friday, as the team winds down a grueling season. Sophomore Ellie Edles is expected to sit out the match on Friday, as she continues to deal with an injury.
“It’s a long haul, and we’ve got a few injuries that we’re trying to deal with,” Maze said. “It’s hard to say who’s going to be [playing on Friday].”
– Caelum Shove