IRVINE, Calif. --- The UC Irvine men's tennis team got its 2013 season going with a loss to the visiting Nevada Wolfpack, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon at Anteater Tennis Stadium.
UCI (0-1) introduced a slew of new faces to the mix as four freshmen hit the court in doubles. Jonathan Hammel and Shuhei Shibahara had the closest call sending their match to a tiebreaker before falling. The doubles point overall went to Nevada (1-0) who scored a sweep.
The 'Eaters battled in singles, but could produce just one point. Freshman Reo Asami earned a three-set win as the No. 2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, to score UCI's lone point. Other notable matches were junior Ryan Cheung at No. 4 who battled back to force a third set along with Shuhei Shibahara at No. 5.
UCI opens the season at 0-1 and will jump straight into Big West play this weekend in its next match. The 'Eaters travel to Hawai'i for two matches this weekend. Friday Jan. 18th UCI will play a Big West match with the host Hawai'I Warriors at 4 p.m. Saturday, UCI stays on the island for a neutral site match against Sacramento State at 1 p.m.
UC Irvine vs. Nevada
January 15, 2013
Anteater Tennis Stadium
1) Ouvrard/Sunago (NEV) def. Cheung/Poon (UCI) – 8-6
2) Echarqui/Mege (NEV) def. Shibahahra/Hammel – 8-7 (7-0)
3) Allan/Poustie (NEV) def. Hernandez/Pham (UCI) – 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1) Victor Ouvrard (NEV) def. Tyler Pham (UCI) – 6-4, 6-4
2) Reo Asami (UCI) def. Moez Echarqui (NEV) – 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
3) Fernando Sunago (NEV) def. Jonathan Poon (UCI) – 6-0, 7-6 (8-6)
4) Andrew Poustie (NEV) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) – 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5) Robert Allan (NEV) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) – 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
6) Quinten Mege (NEV) def. Caryl Hernandez (UCI) – 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 3, 1, 4, 2, 5