Anteaters Trip to Idaho for No. 22 Broncos, Vandals

Shuhei Shibahara and his sister, Ena, are among the final 12 in the field.

UPCOMING MATCHES

UC Irvine Anteaters at No. 22 Boise State Broncos

Fri. Apr. 11, 2014 - 11:00 PM
Boise, Idaho

UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Idaho Vandals

Sat. Apr. 12, 2014 - 5:00 PM
Boise, Idaho

 

DROP SHOTS

UCI is 8-0 with No. 6 singles wins and 7-0 when No. 1 singles wins.

The 'Eaters have 11 losses when Nos. 1, 3, or 5 singles lose.

UCI has won 41 of 48 singles matches in which it won the first set. It has also come back to win 10 matches when dropping the opening set.

The winner of the doubles point has taken 12 of 14 matches played with doubles. The lone exception was UCI's win over Richmond and most-recently the loss at Fresno State

The 'Eaters are most successful when the set goes to a seventh point or is a tiebreaker set winning 30 times in that scenario.

Duos of Ryan Cheung/Jonathan Poon and Justin Agbayani/Caryl Hernandez each lead the team with six wins apiece in doubles action.

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.

BREAK POINTS

Ryan Cheung is 4-1 when forced to a third set.

Caryl Hernandez has streaks of nine losses, seven wins, and four losses in 2014.

Tyler Pham has eight wins in his last 11 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 9-8.

Tyler Pham leads the 'Eaters with nine wins at a single position (No. 2)

Justin Agbayani and Caryl Hernandez missed their first doubles match as a duo. Together they are 6-8. Hernandez competed with Ryan Chueng winning 8-4 on Saturday.

SERVICE ACES

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.

BOISE BOUND

UCI will play a pair in Boise, Idaho looking to salvage the six-match road trip.

Boise State comes in with a 20-4 record from the Mountain West and a No. 22 ranking. The Broncos are 7-4 overall against ranked foes, and have a pair of 6-1 wins over Big West schools UCSB and Cal Poly.

Andy Bettles commands the No. 1 singles spot with an 11-10 record where he stands ranked No. 86 in the nation. All nine Broncos have a winning singles record with Brendan McClain leading the way at 18-4 doing much of his damage at No. 5.

Boise State has dropped six doubles points total on the year, but won four of those matches. It has dropped a combined five doubles sets in all of its other matches.

The Idaho Vandals are 7-11 in 2014 coming out of the WAC. It has played all three conference matches this season defeating UMKC and Seattle while losing to New Mexico State.

They have yet to play a true home match in Moscow, Idaho, and will meet the 'Eaters in Boise for this meeting.

The Vandals have matched up with one other Big West school falling 5-2 to Hawai'i. They also have one match against a ranked foe also falling 5-2 to 44th-ranked Washington.

Artemiy Nikitin paces the Vandals at No. 1 singles and doubles. His doubles partner Jose Bendeck carries the torch at No. 2 singles.

FALL TENNIS

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.

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