UC Davis senior Mary Beth Mazurek’s reputation as an elite defender was solidified on Wednesday when she got a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region third team nod.
Mazurek is the only Aggie named to the NSCAA teams, and it marks her first time earning such an honor.
The Ventura native was named to the All-Big West Conference first team last month after being one of five UCD players to start all 18 games this season.
Mazurek, a team captain, anchored an Aggie backline that earned four shutout wins in 2013. She also assisted on the game-winning goal in a victory over Causeway Classic rival Sacramento State.
She will graduate this spring with a degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior.
UCD men’s tennis
The Aggies literally looked near and far to find recruits as Everett Maltby, from Sunnyvale, and Tommy Lam, from Hong Kong, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Lam was ranked as high as No. 17 in his country in 2012 and was a member of the Hong Kong boys 16-and-under team that placed ninth at the Junior Davis Cup that year. He twice captured the Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships in singles (2008 and 2010) and helped the Diocesan boys school team to a pair of Inter-School Tennis Competition Division I championships.
His brother, Kelvin, is a sophomore on the men’s tennis team at Harvard.
“Tommy has extensive international experience, solid strokes and is a good doubles player with quick, soft hands,” said UCD coach Eric Steidlmayer. “We think Tommy has good ability now, has high upside potential, and we are expecting him to continue to work on and improve his game over the next 10 months.”
Maltby is a four-star recruit who is entering his senior season at Archbishop Mitty. He won his second consecutive West Catholic Athletic League doubles title and earned All-WCAL first team honors in 2013. This past fall, he placed third in both the boys 18 singles and doubles competitions at the USTA National Regional Championships and earned the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award as well.
“Everett is a good all-court player, who has consistently improved his level over the past few years,” Steidlmayer said. “He has the potential to play an aggressive game, set up by a solid serve and aggressive forehand. We really like him as a person and a player and we think he is a great fit for us at UC Davis.”
UCD women’s tennis
The Aggies announced Wednesday that prep standout Kristy Jorgensen has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for UCD next fall.
She joins Lani-Rae Green and Jessie Lee in coach Bill Maze’s 2013 recruiting class.
Ranked No. 17 in the state by Tennis Recruiting Network, Jorgensen capped the 2013 season by earning her third varsity letter as a member of Menlo girls’ tennis team.
Throughout Jorgensen’s tenure, her prep team has been victorious in its last 208 consecutive league matches.