Four Anteaters Named Men's Tennis All-Big West

Tyler Pham and Jonathan Hammel made the team as freshmen.
Tyler Pham and Jonathan Hammel made the team as freshmen.

IRVINE, Calif. --- UCI was rewarded for its improbable Big West run in 2013 with four members on the All-Big West squad this season.

The junior and elder-statesman Ryan Cheung landed on the list twice scoring second team honors in singles and first team honors in doubles. Cheung had eight singles wins with four coming in conference and finishing the season with four straight winning results. It is Cheung's second singles honor and first since being named honorable mention in 2011 in which he also scored freshman of the year honors. In doubles, he sits atop the first team for the first time after a pair of second team honors in the last two seasons.

His doubles partner on All-Big West was Jonathan Hammel as the duo went 7-6 in dual matches and 4-1 in conference play. Hammel is joined by fellow freshman Tyler Pham who represents UCI on the singles first team. Pham won 11 dual matches and 19 overall matches in 2012-13, and he led all players in wins at a single position when he won seven as the No. 2 this season. He even had a stretch of seven wins in nine matches during the year and took down a ranked opponent in Derek Siddiqui of SDSU ranked 109th at the time.

The final Anteater honored was Jacob Jung who makes the list for the second straight year. He was held back due to injuries early on, but rallied to go 11-8 in singles and 3-0 in Big West play. Jung was the only Anteater to win three or more matches at three different positions in 2013 with three at No. 2 and four at Nos. 3 and 4. Jung was honored as All-Big West last year with second team honors; this season he received honorable mention.

The four Anteaters helped led a late charge for UCI which saw them claim a share of the Big West regular season title with a 5-1 record and lifting UCI to a 9-17 overall record on the year.


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