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Monday, April 22, 2024

UC Davis men’s tennis fall short in Big West Tournament


Aggies end their season with best overall record since 1991

The UC Davis men’s tennis team traveled to compete as the No. 3 seed in the Big West Tournament at Indian Wells from April 27 to 28.

The Ags kicked off the tournament strong on Wednesday, sweeping the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors 4-0 in a quick match. Senior Brett Bacharach and junior Eli Whittle, along with tandem junior Alec Adamson and senior Adam Levie, won their matches, 6-2 and 6-1, respectively, giving UC Davis the doubles point advantage.

The Aggies also went on to do work in singles, clinching three straight-set wins to wrap up a shutout victory. Sophomore Everett Maltby dominated with an easy 6-0, 6-0 shutout. Junior James Wade followed suit, 6-1, 6-1, giving UC Davis another point. Bacharach put the finishing touches, 7-5, 6-1, on a UC Davis victory. With their first round win, the Aggies advanced to play rival and No. 2 seed, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After losing to Cal Poly, 4-3, on the road in regular season, UC Davis hoped to return the favor and advance to the final round of the tournament. However, the Aggies’ previous 0-2 record against the Mustangs in the Big West Tournament proved to stand in a close, three-hour, 4-2, rematch on Thursday afternoon.

The Mustangs got the lead early with a quick doubles win over Bacharach and Whittle, 6-3, while sophomore Tommy Lam and junior Bryce McKelvie held their opponents at 6-3. Cal Poly secured the doubles point as Adamson and Levie fell, 6-4.

UC Davis tried to make a comeback during the singles matches with McKelvie finishing in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, avenging his past loss that decided the team’s regular season match against Cal Poly. Bacharach lost in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, giving the Mustangs the lead again, but Maltby tied it up once more by winning his match after faltering in the first set, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. UC Davis fought back with Lam, who pushed his match to three sets, but the Aggies could not hold on in the third set, falling 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. The Mustangs delivered the heartbreaking blow and ended the Aggies tournament hopes after Wade fell in a second-set tiebreak, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5.

The Aggies end their season 17-7, the best record for UC Davis men’s tennis program since 1991.
Written by Nicolette Sarmiento – sports@theaggie.org


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