Anteaters Host UCF, Roll On to Las Vegas

Pham, Hernandez, and the rest of the freshman are ready to turn the corner with conference play looming.

UPCOMING MATCHES
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Central Florida Golden Knights at UC Irvine Anteaters

Date / Time: Wed. Mar. 6, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Irvine, Calif. / Anteater Tennis Stadium

UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Ball State Cardinals

 

Date / Time: Fri. Mar. 8, 2013 / 10:00 AM
Site: Las Vegas, Nev.

UC Irvine Anteaters at UNLV Rebels

Date / Time: Sat. Mar. 9, 2013 / 2:00 PM
Site: Las Vegas, Nev.

 

DROP SHOTS

The 'Eaters now 2-1 at home on the year. Over the course of March, UCI will play 10 matches with six coming at home.

No. 2 singles are 6-5 as a group on the season.

Two of UCI's primary doubles pairs come into the weekend with winning records: Cheung/Jung are 4-3 while Pham/Poon are 5-4.

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.

BREAK POINTS

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 1-3 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 seven matches against ranked singles.

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.

STRAIGHT SETS

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.

CHANGE OVERS

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.

WEDNESDAY KNIGHT: UCF visits southern California to take on SDSU and UCI this week. The Knights are currently 6-5 and have yet to leave the Florida-Georgia area.

Jorge Blasco leads the charge at 7-4 as the Knights' No. 1. The team comes in at 32-33 overall in singles while doubles is just 13-19.

TENNIS BALLING: Ball State enters the week at 7-5 and making its first trip outside of the Indiana-Illinois area. The Cardinals have yet to defeat a ranked opponent going 0-4 against them. Ball State and UCI converge on UNLV for the the tournament where each will play each other along with UNLV.

Dalton Albertin has taken over as the No. 1 for the Cardinals going 5-0 and 8-4 overall. Every singles position has a winning record for the Cardinals totaling 48 dual match wins overall.

REBEL ROUSING: UNLV welcomes the 'Eaters and Cardinals to its home posting a 6-4 record on the season. UNLV started strong with five straight wins, but have since fallen in four of the last five.

The Rebels' finally got a win in their last road match after falling in the first four, however, they are a perfect 5-0 at home to this point including a sweep over Big West squad UC Riverside.

Ace Matias has served his name well going 6-2 as the team's No. 1, 8-2 overall. The squad has struggled in doubles going just 11-12.

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