Nearing the end of their 2021 regular season, the University of Hawai’i women’s tennis team will embark on a three-match California road trip against a pair of Big West Conference opponents, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton, and nationally-ranked Stanford this week.
UH will open the trip at UCD, Sunday, April 11, then head to Stanford for a non-conference match, Tuesday, April 13 and will conclude at CSUF, Thursday, April 15.
Hawai’i (5-4, 3-2 BWC) will look to rebound after falling to UC Santa Barbara, 5-2, last Saturday. Alexis Merrill and Nikola Dolakova captured the UH’s two points in singles, winning both in three sets. Currently, Nikola Dolakova leads the Rainbow Wahine in singles wins with a 6-2 mark, between the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 courts. Satsuki Takamura sports a 4-5 singles record on the No. 2 and No. 3 courts.
In doubles, UH’s leading singles players are also an accomplished duo, with Dolakova and Takamura leading in doubles with four, mostly playing on the No. 1 court.
UC Davis possesses a 4-7 overall and 1-3 record in the Big West and captured its first conference win against Cal State Fullerton prior to falling to CSUN in its most recent match. UH currently holds a two-match win streak over the Aggies, with both wins occurring in 2019.
The Rainbow Wahine will then be put to the test against 38th-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal hold a 10-2 overall and 6-1 Pac-12 record. In singles, Stanford’s 48th-ranked Michaela Gordan has an 8-2 singles record while teammate Emma Higuchi remains undefeated primarily playing on the No. 6 court at 11-0. Hawai’i has dropped the last seven meetings in the series.
Cal State Fullerton is 8-5 overall and 2-2 in Big West thus far this season, winning it last match against UC Riverside. UH dropped the teams’ most recent match-up in 2019.
After the road trip, Hawai’i will return to California once more to close out the regular season at UC Riverside, April 25th before heading to Irvine, Calif., for the Big West Championships, which runs April 29-May 1.
Who: Hawai’i (5-4) vs. UC Davis (4-7)
Date: Sunday, April 11
Time: 8:00 a.m. HT
Site: Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.)
Who: Hawai’i (5-4) vs. Stanford (10-2)
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 11:00 a.m. HT
Site: Taube Family Tennis Center (Stanford, Calif.)
Who: Hawai’i (5-4) vs. Cal State Fullerton (8-5)
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 10:30 a.m. HT
Site: Titan Tennis Courts (Fullerton, Calif.)