UC Irvine Anteaters at Fresno State Bulldogs
Sat. Apr. 5, 2014 - 12:00 PM
UCI is 8-0 with No. 6 singles wins and 7-0 when No. 1 singles wins.
The 'Eaters have 10 losses when Nos. 1, 3, or 5 singles lose.
UCI has won 40 of 47 singles matches in which it won the first set. It has also come back to win nine matches when dropping the opening set.
The winner of the doubles point has taken 12 of 13 matches played with doubles. The lone exception was UCI's win over Richmond.
The 'Eaters are most successful when the set goes to a seventh point or is a tiebreaker set winning 28 times in that scenario.
Rafael Davidian scored a big win defeating No. 103 David Sofaer of Pepperdine in straight sets. The win is the first over a ranked opponent since Tyler Pham defeated 109th-ranked Derek Siddiqui of San Diego State early in 2013.
Ryan Cheung was 4-0 when going to a third set before falling at UC Davis on Sunday.
Caryl Hernandez has streaks of nine losses, seven wins, and three losses in 2014.
Tyler Pham has eight wins in his last 10 matches and is the lone Anteater with a winning Big West record at 2-1.
Seven of eight Anteater singles players have won a match in which they lost the opening set.
Shuhei Shibahara is the lone Anteater with a winning singles record at 9-7.
Tyler Pham leads the 'Eaters with nine wins at a single position (No. 2)
Justin Agbayani and Caryl Hernandez are the only duo to participate in all 15 doubles points going 6-8, five wins as a No. 3, and just one unfinished set.
The 'Eaters schedule consists of seven schools ranked in the ITA preseason rankings. UCI has one win in six matches against ranked opponents, thus far, with a win over No. 67 Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
UC Irvine will face seven schools that reached the 2013 NCAA Tournament including championship runner-up UCLA and the Pepperdine Waves who reached the Elite Eight.
Amongst UCI's opponents are 11 ranked singles players that all land in the top-80. UCI singles are currently 1-8 against them.
UCI dropped three ranked teams in 2013: Fresno State, Cal Poly, and Pacific.
UCI is coming off its 14th Big West regular season title in 2013.
Head Coach Trevor Kronemann won his 150th career match when UCI defeated UC Davis in 2013.
Ryan Cheung is the squad's lone senior. He comes into 2014 with 32 career singles wins and 41 career doubles wins.
UCI has been ranked 74th and 75th so far in 2014.
The 'Eaters and Bulldogs meet up again on Sat. Apr. 5 at 12:00 p.m. after their first scheduled match was rained out in February.
Fresno State is 7-8 on the season, 1-3 in the Mountain West conference. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against Big West schools with wins over Cal Poly, UCSB, and UC Davis. The Bulldogs also have losses to four ranked schools.
Nikolas Papic has started in five different singles spots with a team-high record of 9-4. Sam MacNeil and Sai Kartik Nakireddi have split as the No. 1 with a combined 7-7. Nakireddi joins Papic with a record above .500 at 8-6.
Doubles have been a struggle with a 12-28 combined record for the Bulldogs. Despite that numbers, Fresno State has won four doubles points on the year and are 3-1 when they win it.
Tyler Pham made the most noise in fall play defeating No. 22 Tommy Bennett of Rice en route to a third round berth in the ITA pre-qualifier. Pham reached the fourth round in the USTA/ITA Southwest Regionals to finish the fall with a 4-2 record.
Caryl Hernandez went 7-6 including a trip to the consolation final in the So Cal Intercollegiates resulting in a loss to UCLA's Seth Stolar.
The 'Eaters added one new player in junior transfer Rafael Davidian. The native of Germany joined UC Irvine from Utah went 21-14 in two years there which included a ranking of No. 124 as a freshman while also beating USC's Yannick Hanfmann who was ranked No. 38 at the time.