Late Run Seasons Young Anteaters for Future of Men's Tennis

Tyler Pham and the rest of the freshmen have three bright years ahead of them.

TEAM STATS

Overall Record: 9-17
Big West Record: 5-1 - Tied for first
Home Record: 6-6
Away Record: 3-9
Neutral Record: 0-2
Non-conference Record: 4-15
Record vs. ranked opponents: 3-8

Highest ranking: 75th (Feb. 9th)

Singles Record: 93-115
Singles Dual matches: 62-94
Singles Big West Record: 20-14

Doubles Points: 11-15
Doubles Record: 48-45
Doubles Dual matches: 39-40
Doubles Big West Record: 12-6

RYAN CHEUNG

Ryan Cheung finished with an 8-17 dual match record, 6-13 at No. 1 singles. Ryan now has 32 career singles wins.

He is also up to 41 career doubles wins after earning 14 this season. His seven with partner Jonathan Hammel were tied for the most on the team by one duo.

All of this was good enough to earn Cheung first team All-Big West in doubles and second team All-Big West in singles.

TYLER PHAM

Freshman Tyler Pham finished 2013 at 11-13 in dual play scoring seven wins at No. 2, the most on the team in any single position. The No. 2 slot itself was 14-11 this year overall, the only slot with a record above .500. He notched one win over a ranked opponent when he defeated 109th-ranked Derek Siddiqui of SDSU. All of this propelled Pham into first team All-Big West status.

Pham also finished 14-11 in doubles play including seven wins with Jonathan Poon.

JACOB JUNG

Jacob Jung led the team in No. 3 and 4 wins for the second year in a row finishing with an 11-8 dual match record. Overall, Jung is now 7-1 in Big West Conference play.

Jung finished 10-10 in dual match doubles play and was the only player to score multiple wins at all three doubles positions.

Jung was rewarded with honorable mention All-Big West status despite missing a considerable amount of time with an injury.

JONATHAN HAMMEL

Jonathan Hammel was solid in the middle for UCI winning seven matches. He particularly shined in doubles winning 11 matches including seven as a No. 1 en route to first team All-Big West honors with Ryan Cheung.

SHUHEI SHIBAHARA

Shuhei Shibahara remained solid as a 5-6 player for the 'Eaters. He racked up eight wins, four as the No. 6, and went 4-1 in Big West play.

In addition, Shibahara won six doubles matches including a 2-0 mark in Big West doubles.

JUSTIN AGBAYANI

Justin Agbayani made a name for himself midway through the season with four singles wins including a win as the No. 4. He also teamed up with Caryl Hernandez for an impressive 6-3 mark in doubles to lead  the squad in terms of doubles winning percentage.

REO ASAMI

Reo Asami also dealt with injuries, but posted four singles wins, three at the No. 2 slot.

JONATHAN POON

Jonathan Poon finished with three singles wins including against Santa Clara and Princeton. Poon scored seven doubles wins alongside Tyler Pham to lead the squad as a pair.

CARYL HERNANDEZ

Caryl Hernandez shined as a doubles partner going 6-3 with Agbayani. He also notched a pair of wins in singles including one in Big West play.

BREAK POINTS

This was the 14 Big West regular season title for the Anteaters.

Head Coach Trevor Kronemann won his 150th career match when UCI defeated UC Davis.

Under Coach Kronemann, the 'Eaters are 27-8 in Big West play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

9 - The Anteaters came back to win nine matches after losing the initial set.

109 - Tyler Pham was the only Anteater to win over a ranked opponent when he beat 109th-ranked Derek Siddiqui of SDSU

62 - Altogether, UCI singles won 62 dual matches and were 20-14 in Big West matches

6-2 - UC Irvine was most successful winning a set 6-2 doing it 30 times in 2013

14 - Fourteen wins out of the No. 2 position was the best amongst Anteater singles

4 - Four was the longest win streak in singles this year matched by Ryan Cheung and Shuhei Shibahara

20 - The Anteaters used 20 doubles pairs, one off of the 21 pairs used during the 2011-12 season

3 - UCI dropped three ranked opponents in 2013: Fresno State, Cal Poly, and Pacific

1,939 - The 'Eaters won a total of 1,939 points in 2013, 1,425 in singles matches and 514 in doubles

1 - UCI finished atop the Big West regular season standings, its fourth under Coach Kronemann

STRAIGHT SETS

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.

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