March 18, 2013

'Eaters, No. 56 Tigers Meet Up at Coto de Caza Country Club

UPCOMING MATCHES
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#56 Princeton Tigers at UC Irvine Anteaters

Date / Time: Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Coto de Caza Country Club

DROP SHOTS

UCI went 1-3 last week when playing four matches in four days.

UCI will played a ranked Princeton team this week. The Anteaters are 1-6 against ranked teams this season with the win coming against No. 70 Fresno State.

UCI has multiple points against  ranked opponents in five of seven matches.

The 'Eaters are most successful when their Nos. 4 and 6 singles win (3-2).

UCI singles have won seven matches when down a set.

Two of UCI's three wins have come without the assistance of a doubles point.

BREAK POINTS

UCI's schedule features ten ranked schools including  USC, San Diego, Santa Clara, Middle Tenn. State, Fresno State, UNLV, SDSU, Princeton, and Big West opponents Cal Poly and UCSB. The Anteaters are currently 2-5 against them.

Nine of UCI's opponents sport ranked singles players totaling 17 in all.

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 went 0-6 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.

FRESH PRINCETON: The Princeton Tigers come into its match with UCI ranked 56th after starting the season unranked. The Tigers are 10-3 including a 3-3 record against ranked schools. Impressive wins against No. 40 Michigan State, No. 59 Dartmouth, and 45th-ranked Big West school Cal Poly.

The Tigers are riding a seven-match win streak at the moment with six of them coming at home. They are currently on a west coast swing with a win at Cal Poly and a visit to Pepperdine before stopping off at UC Irvine.

Matija Pecotic has impressed high in the singles rankings. After starting out second, he is currently fourth in the nation. He sports a 7-3 record with two losses to ranked players including most recently 30th-ranked Andre Dome of Cal Poly.

Alongside Pecotic is a singles field that has gone 46-20 with Zack McCourt at 9-3 as the team's No. 2 and a No. 6 position that is 11-1 overall. The two have combined to go 7-2 as a doubles pair as well with a doubles squad that is 29-7 overall.

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