Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UC Davis' Steidlmayer named Big West Coach of Year

   Eric Steidlmayer of UC Davis became the first Big West Conference Men's Coach of the Year in program history on Tuesday.
   In his third year as the Aggies' coach, Steidlmayer guided the team to a 16-6 record and share of the Big West regular-season title. The 16 wins set the program's Division I record, surpassing the previous mark of 14 last season.
   UC Davis also returned to the national rankings for the first time in seven seasons, climbing to a program-best No. 53 on April 14. The Aggies are now No. 57. 
   UC Davis earned its highest seeding in the Big West tournament at No. 2 but fell to No. 3 UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals. The Gauchos went on to win the title.
   Two Aggies, sophomores Alec Adamson (Corona del Mar) and James Wade (San Marino), were named to the All-Big West first team.
   Earning second-team honors in doubles were Adamson with junior Adam Levie (Solana Beach) and sophomore Bryce McKelvie (San Jose) with junior Brett Bacharach (Newcastle in the Sacramento area). Wade and freshman Tommy Lam (Hong Kong) received honorable mention in doubles.
   UC Davis freshman Kristy Jorgensen of San Carlos was named to the women's second team in singles and doubles (with senior Layla Sanders of El Cerrito). The Aggies finished 11-12.
   UC Irvine's Kat Facey, a senior from Cameron Park in the Sacramento area, was selected to the women's first team in singles and doubles (with her twin sister, Ali).

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