UCI Takes Fourth Straight Big West Match, Drops No. 71 Pacific 4-2

Ryan Cheung was in the zone on Saturday posting doubles and singles wins.
Ryan Cheung was in the zone on Saturday posting doubles and singles wins.

IRVINE, Calif. --- UCI men's tennis continued its march toward a Big West title with a 4-2 win over the 71st-ranked Tigers Saturday afternoon at Anteater Tennis Stadium.

A highly-contested doubles match went UCI's way with a win from the Cheung-Hammel and Jung-Pham duos for the early lead.

The Anteaters (8-16, 4-1) extended the lead with two early singles points from dominant performances by Ryan Cheung and Tyler Pham.

Pacific (13-8, 3-2) began to reel UCI back in with two points of its own, but Shuhei Shibahara put a stop to that with a clutch 7-5, 6-4 win for the crucial fourth point.

UC Irvine has now taken four straight Big West matches and has won five of its last six. UCI will look to lock up a Big West title and No. 1 seed for the Big West Tournament as it closes the regular season out Sunday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. against UC Davis.


April 20, 2013
Irvine, Calif. – Anteater Tennis Stadium


1. Cheung/Hammel (UCI) def. Golding/Verbeek (PAC) – 8-4
2. Hamilton/Stolyarov (PAC) def. Agbayani/Hernandez (UCI) – 8-6
3. Jung/Pham (UCI) def. Alameh/Cederwall (PAC) – 8-4

UC Irvine wins the doubles point


1. Ryan Cheung (UCI) def. Alex Golding (PAC) – 6-2, 6-2
2. Tyler Pham (UCI) def. Sem Verbeek (PAC) – 6-4, 6-4
3. Denis Stolyarov (PAC) def. Reo Asami (UCI) – 6-4, 6-4
4. Jacob Jung (UCI) vs. Daniel Alameh (PAC) – 6-2, 3-6 (unf.)
5. Ben Mirkin (PAC) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI) – 6-4, 6-3
6. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) def. Erik Cederwall (PAC) – 7-5, 6-4

UCI: 8-16, Big West 4-1
Pacific: 13-8, Big West 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles – 3, 2, 1 | Singles – 1, 2, 5, 3, 6


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