Tuesday, February 9, 2016

UC Davis Aggies 7 at UCSD Tritons 2 (NCAA Women's Tennis, Division II) - February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is a very quiet sports day, particularly on the West Coast where the early start time precludes any afternoon or evening games in other sports. I initially planned to drive back to the L.A. area and watch a Division III baseball game at Whittier College, but the 11 a.m. start meant that I would have to wake up before 8. This is supposed to be a vacation, so I decided to stay in the San Diego area with its ocean views and incredible weather. Of course, there was one event in the area, though about as minor as you can get: Division II women's college tennis with the UCSD Tritons hosting the UC Davis Aggies.

UC San Diego is actually in La Jolla, about 10 miles north of the city. The tennis courts are on the north end of the campus and easy to reach off I-5. There are seven courts, though the benches at the far end only allow you to see action on three of them. Even then, you really can only focus on the court closest to you.

UCSD was ranked 18th nationally with senior Kyra Scott ranked fifth in the west after rising as high as eighth nationally last year. The school had won four national championships which are honoured on a corkboard. Tennis doesn't get much respect in the college sports game, as evidenced by the fact that only 15 people showed up to watch. All but an older couple and myself were friends and family and I got a few curious looks.

As it turned out, the match that I watched featured Scott and partner Nousha Nowamooz facing Alex Huie and Kristy Jorgensen. UCSD stormed out to a 4-1 lead in games but UC Davis came back to make it 5-4, but could not hold serve for the set. At 6-6, I expected a tiebreak, but regular tennis continued. Scott and Nowamooz won the next two games to take the match 8-6. It was actually pretty entertaining as many of the games went to deuce and you could hear everything on the court. There was a small delay when two balls bounced over the fence and a coach had to go retrieve them. Like I said, no respect. Unfortunately, UCSD lost the other two doubles matches, and 5 of 6 singles matches, with Scott the only triumphant Triton when Jorgensen retired. The final was UC Davis 7-2, which left the visitors at 2-2 and UCSD at 2-4.


Across the street from the tennis courts is the Spanos Training Facility (below), a cool-looking building that was donated by the Spanos family who own the San Diego Chargers. It was opened in October of last year.

Next Up

After taking a day off to go to the beach, I'm heading to Bakersfield for more AHL hockey as the Condors host Stockton. Check back tomorrow for an update.



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