Men's Tennis Rebirth Continues at No. 43 SDSU, Welcomes UCSD

Justin Agbayani and UC Irvine take on a pair of San Diego schools this week.
Justin Agbayani and UC Irvine take on a pair of San Diego schools this week.

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UC Irvine Anteaters at #43 San Diego State Aztecs

Date / Time: Fri. Apr. 10, 2013 / 3:30 PM
Site: San Diego, Calif.


UC San Diego Tritons at UC Irvine Anteaters

Date / Time: Sat. Apr. 13, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Irvine, Calif. / Anteater Tennis Stadium


The Anteaters are 2-7 against ranked teams this season with wins against No. 70 Fresno State and No. 73 Cal Poly.

UCI has multiple points against ranked opponents in six of nine matches.

The 'Eaters are most successful when their Nos. 4 and 6 singles win (4-2). The No. 4 position has produced a point in all five of UCI's wins.

UCI singles have won eight matches when down a set.

Three of UCI's five wins have come without the assistance of a doubles point.


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.


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.

AZTEC ATTACK: UCI travels to San Diego State in its next match taking a short break from conference play. The Aztecs are ranked 43rd in the nation with a 14-7 record and are 7-4 at home. The school started the year off ranked 67th and has been ranked as high as 36th.

They are coming off a wild weekend in which they swept No. 56 Santa Clara after being swept by local rival No. 42 USD. The Aztecs also sport wins over other Anteater opponents UNLV, UCSB, and Fresno State in addition to 16th-ranked Cal.

Derek Siddiqui leads the charge as the team's No. 1 at 9-8. Thorsten Bertsch's 13-2 record as the No. 2 has also paced the squad. Between the two, they have beaten five ranked opponents in 12 tries. The squad overall is 63-49 in singles play with a middle-of-the-road 26-23 in doubles action.

They took the match last season at UCI by a score of 4-3.

FIGHTIN' TRITONS: UC San Diego hails from Division II, but was recently added to the docket after UCI last a match due to inclement weather. The Tritons are 11-9 and rank 28th in D-II. Most notably, the Tritons took down UC Riverside earlier this year with a 4-3 road victory.

Leading the charge for UCSD is Camill Salomon, ranked 30th in D-II, who is 10-8 as the squad's No. 1. Max Jiganti has also fared well going 12-5 as the No. 2, and he and partner Kona Luu are 14-4 together in doubles.


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