Anteaters Visit UCR, Host No. 66 Pacific, UC Davis to Wrap Up Regular Season

Jacob Jung and the Anteaters return to conference playing having won three of its last four.

UPCOMING MATCHES
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UC Irvine Anteaters at UC Riverside Highlanders

Date / Time: Wed. Apr. 17, 2013 / 12:00 PM
Site: Riverside, Calif. / Andulka Park

 

#66 Pacific Tigers at UC Irvine Anteaters

Date / Time: Sat. Apr. 20, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Site: Irvine, Calif. / Anteater Tennis Stadium

 

UC Davis Aggies at UC Irvine Anteaters

Date / Time: Sun. Apr. 21, 2013 / 10:00 AM
Site: Irvine, Calif. / Anteater Tennis Stadium


DROP SHOTS

The Anteaters have two wins 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 seven of 10 matches.

The 'Eaters are most successful when their Nos. 4 and 6 singles win (5-2). The No. 4 position has produced a point in all six of UCI's victories.

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.

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.

HIGH AND MIGHTY: UC Riverside is currently 3-17 on the season and 0-3 in conference play. UCI begins a three-match homestand to end the season in which the UCR is 2-6 at home in 2013.

UCR has losses to common opponents to UCI in San Diego State, Fresno State, Saint Mary's, LMU, and Sacramento State.

Jimmy Roberts comes in as the No. 1 sporting a 3-16 record. Calvin Ngo and Julian Ruffin lead the Highlanders with five singles wins each. Ngo has teamed up with Luis Gastao to go 4-4 in doubles play. The rest of UCR's doubles have a combined seven victories.

TIGER TALES: The Pacific Tigers are having a wonderful 2013 season with a 13-6 record and 3-1 in the Big West. The winning ways have vaulted the Tigers into the rankings currently at No. 66 in the nation.

The Tigers' slate includes wins at Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, Sacramento State, and LMU. Near misses at SDSU and Fresno State have put Pacific in good standing. The Tigers come down the stretch with UCI sandwiched between Stanford and UC Riverside.

The Tigers are led by Sem Verbeek who has been named Big West Athlete of the Week twice. Other recipients have been Alex Golding and Daniel Alameh.

UC FINALE: UC Davis enters the week at 6-11 and 0-4 in Big West play currently on a five-match losing streak.

Kyle Miller, Brett Bacharach, and Parker Kelley each have 10+ wins for the Aggies while singles are 50-52 overall.

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