April 1, 2013

UC Irvine Treks to Cal Poly, UCSB

UPCOMING MATCHES
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UC Irvine Anteaters at #62 Cal Poly Mustangs

Date / Time: Sat. Apr. 6, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: San Luis Obispo, Calif.

UC Irvine Anteaters at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

Date / Time: Sun. Apr. 7, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Santa Barbara, Calif.

DROP SHOTS

The Anteaters are 1-7 against ranked teams this season with the win coming against No. 70 Fresno State.

UCI has multiple points against  ranked opponents in five of eight 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.

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.

MUSTANG RALLY: Cal Poly comes into its match with UCI as the only ranked squad in the Big West at No. 62. The Mustangs are 8-7 with wins over common opponents Saint Mary's, Fresno State, San Diego State, LMU, and DePaul. Cal Poly also has losses against USC, UCLA, MTSU, Princeton, and UNLV.

Andre Dome carries the load for the Mustangs. With at 13-2 singles record and 9-4 doubles record, he has earned a No. 22 ranking in the nation.

Other notable singles marks are an 11-3 record amongst the No. 3 position, and Derek Klein is 7-6 overall including a win over a ranked opponent.

GAUCHO MARKS: UC Santa Barbara has had a bit of a down year outside of the national rankings and 7-8 overall. The Gauchos have scored wins over LMU, Utah, and George Washington

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