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UC Irvine Anteaters at Wisconsin Badgers
Date / Time: Fri. Feb. 8, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Madison, Wisc. / Nielsen Tennis Stadium
UC Irvine Anteaters at DePaul Blue Demons
Date / Time: Sat. Feb. 9, 2013 / 3:30 PM
Site: Chicago, Ill. / Lakeshore Athletic Club
UCI doubles has won seven of its last nine sets. Doubles pairs are 10-8 overall.
UCI's No. 2 position has done the best so far with a 3-3 record. Nos. 1 and 5 remain winless on the year.
UCI has won its opening match against a ranked opponent each of the last two seasons. UCI defeated No. 61 UNLV at home to open the 2012 season. In 2013, it was another home match, this time against No. 70 Fresno State.
UCI's schedule features nine ranked schools including USC, San Diego, Santa Clara, Middle Tenn. State, Fresno State, SDSU, Princeton, and Big West opponents Cal Poly and UCSB. The Anteaters are currently 1-2 against them.
Nine of UCI's opponents sport ranked singles players totaling 17 in all.
UCI faces the No. 2 player in the country, Matija Pecotic, on Princeton. He is also apart of the only ranked doubles tandem on the 'Eaters docket.
UCI singles players are currently winless in six matches against ranked opponents.
UC Irvine will play six matches outside the state of California: a pair in Hawaii, a tournament in Nevada, and a road trip to Wisconsin and Illinois. UCI is currently 0-2 outside of California.
UCI finished in the top three in the Big West for a sixth straight season under Coach Kronemann. Last season was his first with less than 10 wins, however.
UCI had one win over a ranked foe in 2012 (No. 61 UNLV) while 15 of its 17 losses came against ranked programs.
Jacob Jung led the team in wins at No. 3 (5) and No. 4 (4) in 2012.
Ryan Cheung's eight doubles wins in 2012 leads all returners.
Shuhei Shibahara finished 2012 7-3 in doubles play.
The Anteaters welcome six newcomers to the squad labeled the "So Cal Six" hailing from across the southland such as El Toro, Fullerton, Placentia, Irvine, Yorba Linda, and San Diego.
Prior to their enrollment to UCI, all six were ranked within the top-100 in the state of California including Tyler Pham who was as high as No. 5 in the state and No. 48 nationally.
UCI's fall schedule took place at home in two separate tournaments, the UCI Pre-Regional and the USTA/ITA West Regional Tennis Championships.
Jacob Jung made the most noise by making it to the round of 16. He defeated seventh-seeded Jon Brooklyn of Hawai'I before falling to No. 13 Thorsten Bertsch. He also scored an opening win over Max de Vroome, a highly-touted USC freshman.
Tyler Pham went on a great run as the consolation runner-up in the West Regionals finishing an impressive 8-3 fall campaign.
Jonathan Hammel fared well with a 4-1 mark including a clean slate in the pre-regional. Justin Agbayani and Caryl Hernandez teamed up for a 3-1 mark in doubles over the fall. The freshmen finished up at 24-15 overall in the fall.
BREAKING BADGER: Wisconsin out of the Big Ten Conference has started 2013 off at 4-0 allowing just one point in those matches. All four matches have come at home, and UCI will be one of 12 straight home matches to open the season. In 2012, the Badgers finished at 11-12, 8-3 at home.
Billy Bertha comes in as the team's No. 1 and is the only Badger to drop a match. Oskar Wikberg and Petr Satral come in as Nos. 2 and 3 with a combined record of 8-0.
DEPAUL DEUCES: DePaul out of the Big East Conference has begun 2013 with a 1-4 record however its one win did come in its lone home match against Illinois-Chicago. DePaul, like UCI, fell to Nevada as part of the ITA Kickoff weekend. It will also match up with Big West school Cal Poly later this month.
DePaul is coming off an 11-15 season in 2012 where it went 6-2 overall at home.
Croatian Filip Dzanko leads the squad as the No. 1 followed by the Dutch pair of Jan-Willem Feilzer and Sten Leusink.