UC Davis Sweeps Tennis Weekly Awards
UC Davis reaped the rewards of solid play from both teams as freshman Ivan Thamma and sophomore Nikita Pradeep claimed Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.
Thamma Posts 3-0 Record In Singles
Winner of five of six matches across singles and doubles, UC Davis freshman Ivan Thamma (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma HS) earned his first career Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor.
Thamma went 3-0 in singles to help the Aggies finish 2-1 as a team. He won his match at No. 1 singles against Sonoma State’s Nate Oppenheim, 6-1, 6-4, in a 7-0 Aggie sweep. Thamma also recorded a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Nash Vollenweider at No. 2 singles, as the Aggies knocked off the Gaels by a 6-3, 6-0 score. In a 4-3 loss to Santa Clara, Thamma recorded one of the three Aggie points with his 6-4, 7-5 win against Robert Seby.
Thamma and partner Everett Maltby went 2-1 at No. 1 doubles, defeating their counterparts from Sonoma State and Saint Mary’s.
Others nominated: Luis Lopez (UC Irvine); Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UC Santa Barbara); Blaz Seric (Hawai‘i)
Pradeep Contributes To Upset Win Over Defending Champion
Sophomore Nikita Pradeep (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS) helped UC Davis upset defending regular season champion Hawai‘i to claim Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.
Pradeep captured her No. 4 singles match against UH’s Klara Pribylova, 6-2, 6-1, to help the Aggies to a 4-2 victory over the Rainbow Wahine. She also notched a 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 victory over Saint Mary’s foe Clementine Clement in a 5-2 team loss. Pradeep moved to 8-0 on the year in singles dual contests.
Although her match in singles against San Francisco went unfinished, she aided in the 4-1 victory with a triumph at No. 3 doubles, as she and teammate Sara Tsukumoto won, 6-2, over the Dons combo of Anna Sokiran and Alexa Meyer.
Others nominated: Genevieve Zeidan (Cal State Fullerton); Natalia Munoz (Long Beach State); Stephanie Nguyen (UC Irvine)