No. 75 UC Irvine Hosts LMU Friday
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LMU Lions at No. 75 UC Irvine Anteaters
Date / Time: Fri. Feb. 22, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Irvine, Calif. / Anteater Tennis Stadium
UCI is currently ranked 75th in the nation, its first ranking since early 2012 when the 'Eaters with 40th.
UCI has seen its best results out of the No. 4 singles position at 4-4 on the year so far.
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 loss at DePaul is its first match where it failed to record a point breaking a streak of seven matches to open the season.
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 0-4 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.
LIONS PROWLING: The Lions will visit Anteater Stadium Friday for its sixth straight match away from home. The Lions are 6-0 thus far after falling in its opener at home to Big West foe Pacific. UCI will be LMU's fourth straight ranked opponent after the Lions suffered losses at USC, UCSB, and Cal Poly.
Nicholas Bjerke, the team's No. 1 singles player, is currently 2-3 in that position. Othar Kordsachia joines Bjerke on top with two singles wins.
Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante have teamed up in doubles to go 2-2 so far as the No. 2 duo. The rest of the team's doubles tandems are a combined 2-9.