Thursday, March 5, 2015

No. 70 UC Davis men rally to stun No. 75 Rice

   James Wade and the No. 70 UC Davis men staged remarkable comebacks today, beating No. 75 Rice 4-3 in San Diego in the first meeting between the schools.
   Rice were on the brink of victory at 3-1, but the Aggies' Brett Bacharach (Court 3) and Alec Adamson (Court 2) each won in straight sets to level the score.
   Wade then stunned Srikar Alla 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Court 1 to give UC Davis its third straight dual-match victory. Wade, a sophomore from San Marino (near Pasadena), trailed 6-2, 4-1 and 4-1 in the third set.
   "That was just an unreal comeback against a very good Rice team today," UC Davis coach Eric Steidlmayer, whose team improved to 10-3, said on ucdavisaggies.com. "James was unreal himself, coming back from a set down and facing deficits in the final two sets. It just shows the kind of competitive attitude our program wants to be known for."
   Rice dropped to 7-9.
   Later, Adamson and Adam Levie won their first-round match in the 126th Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in nearby La Jolla. Jesse Ross of the Aggies and Max Mereles, an independent entry, also won their opener.
   Teams from Cal and Stanford are scheduled to begin play in the Pacific Coast Doubles on Friday.
OTHER COLLEGE RESULT
Women
No. 62 Fresno State 6, UC Santa Barbara 1
   No. 1 singles -- No. 31 Sophie Watts (Fresno State) def. Jaimee Gilbertston 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6).
   Clinching match (No. 3 singles) -- Rana Sherif Ahmed def. April Scatliffe 6-2, 6-3.
   Records: Fresno State 9-3, UC Santa Barbara 5-5.   

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