CAUSEWAY CUP CHAMPION TO BE DECIDED FRIDAY IN MENâ€™S TENNIS ACTION
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- This year’s Causeway Cup champion will be decided this Friday, April 13, when the Sacramento State men’s tennis team takes on UC Davis at the Marya Welch Tennis Center in Davis at 2 p.m.
The winner of the match will earn enough points to assure their program of winning the third-annual Causeway Cup, an all-sports competition between Sacramento State and UC Davis. With just seven remaining points up for grabs, UC Davis currently leads the Cup standings, 50.34-47.66. The men’s tennis match is worth five points, meaning the winner on Friday will gain enough points to assure their school of the Cup championship. Two more baseball games (May 8, May 16) will follow the tennis match, but each contest is worth just one point.
The two schools began battling for the Causeway Cup in 2004-05, and Sacramento State is seeking back-to-back championships after handily winning the competition last year, 66.25-38.75. UC Davis won the Cup championship in 2004-05. For this year’s Cup standings, click here.
Enjoying its best season in six years, the Sacramento State’s men’s tennis team is currently 16-4, having won four straight and 13 of its last 14 matches. The Hornets’ 16-4 record is their best mark after 20 matches since the 2001 squad was 18-2. Sacramento State, which has already locked up the No. 1 seed for the Big Sky Tournament (April 27-29), has received a Big Sky Player of the Week award each of the last five weeks and six of the last seven overall.
What makes the season even more impressive for the Hornets is three of the six players in the team’s singles lineup are freshmen. Those include Xavier Barajas-Smith (No. 1), Anton Stryhas (No. 2) and Tim Lantin (No. 6). The three have been huge additions to a team that has not won the Big Sky title since 2003. In fact, during the spring, the three freshmen have combined to post a 46-11 singles record and a 27-9 doubles record.
The Hornets have also received impressive play from their seniors, comprised of Gabriel Loredo (No. 3), Warwick Foy (No. 4) and Ramon Perez (No. 5). Those three have combined for a 42-11 singles record and a remarkable 42-8 doubles mark. Stryhas and Loredo each own a team-best 17-3 mark in singles while the doubles tandems of Perez/Foy and Loredo/Stryhas are each 14-2.
UC Davis is currently 5-12, but has won three of its last five matches. The Aggies are in the midst of a stretch that will see the team finish the season by playing 11 of their final 13 matches at home. UCD is 5-3 at home this year. One of those losses at home, however, came last week to Cal Poly (4-3), a team the Hornets beat on the road, 6-1, earlier this season.
In last year’s matchup, UC Davis won, 4-3, in Sacramento. Prior to that loss, Sacramento State had won each of the previous three meetings between the two teams.