Men's Tennis Gains an 'Eater in Utah Transfer Davidian

Rafael Davidian joins the 'Eaters with two years of experience playing for Utah.

IRVINE, Calif. --- UCI's men's tennis squad will stay intact for the 2013-14 season with no graduating seniors, and now it adds another to the family in Utah transfer Rafael Davidian.

Davidian is a native of Hamburg, Germany that was consistently ranked among the top 10 juniors in Germany and ranked as high as fourth in Canada in the junior circuit.

He graduated from Burbank Charter School nine months early to jump into the collegiate ranks at Utah. He went 12-8 as a freshman which included a win of USC's Yannick Hanfmann, ranked 38th at the time, helping lift Davidian to a 124th ranking in the nation.

In the 2012-13 season as a sophomore, he went 9-6 overall, 6-3 in dual matches including a straight-set win over UCI's own Tyler Pham as part of a 5-2 Utah win over the 'Eaters.

Head Coach Trevor Kronemann lauds the newest Anteater saying, "Rafael brings the right philosophies to our program both academically and athletically. We look for his already proven leadership and excitement to make an immediate impact on our team. His enthusiasm to get better will continue to push our team to new heights as we look to prepare for another run at a Big West Championship and return to the NCAAs in 2014."

Davidian joins a program that is very young, but proved itself recently with a strong stretch-run to the season and win the Big West regular season title.

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