Four Anteaters Claim All-Big West Accolades

Jonathan Hammel claimed doubles honors with two different partners in addition to his singles accolade (photo by Steve Chen).
Jonathan Hammel claimed doubles honors with two different partners in addition to his singles accolade (photo by Steve Chen).

IRVINE, Calif. --- UCI men's tennis earned honors for four of its student-athletes on the All-Big West squad.

Senior Ryan Cheung and sophomore Tyler Pham represented on the second team in singles. Cheung had eight dual match wins including seven as No. 1 singles in earning his third singles honor and second time making the second team. Pham led the team in dual match singles wins with 13 and 11 as the No. 2 singles. Pham was first team All-Big West as a freshman.

Elsewhere in singles were sophomore Jonathan Hammel and junior transfer Rafael Davidian who each claimed honorable mention status. For each, it's their first All-Big West singles honor. Hammel played five different positions doing most of his work as the No. 3 where he won five of his 10 matches. Davidian played at three different singles positions recording seven wins as the No. 4 singles. Davidian finished the season on a four-match win streak and was the lone Anteater to put in significant time in singles to finish with a winning record at 11-9.

In addition to the singles success, three were named All-Big West doubles as well. Hammel and Pham scored second team honors after going 7-7 overall with four wins at No. 1 doubles. Hammel was a first team member in 2013 while Pham took home his first doubles award. Hammel also teamed with Cheung on the honorable mention squad after the pair finished with a 2-3 record. Cheung finishes as a four-time All-Big West member in doubles, and his second straight honor alongside Hammel.

The Anteaters finished the 2014 season with an 11-18 record, fifth in the Big West.

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