Anteaters Wrap Up 2014 Men's Tennis Season

Head Coach Trevor Kronemann has totaled 97 wins in eight seasons at UC Irvine (photo by Steve Chen).

2014 MEN'S TENNIS SEASON

2014 Overall Record: 11-18
2013 Big West Record (Finish): 1-4 (5th)
2013 Big West Tournament: Lost, 4-0, to UC Davis in Big West Quarterfinals
Home record: 8-4

All-Big West Singles

Ryan Cheung                   Second Team
Tyler Pham                      Second Team
Jonathan Hammel               Honorable Mention
Rafael Davidian                Honorable Mention

All-Big West Doubles

Hammel/Pham               Second Team
Cheung/Hammel            Honorable Mention

Big West Player of the Week

Tyler Pham            March 12
Ryan Cheung        March 19
Rafael Davidian      April 23

SENIOR SENDOFF

Senior Ryan Cheung finished off his UC Irvine career with a record of 8-16 in dual match singles, 7-16 as the No. 1 singles, 9-21 overall record.

Cheung had a stretch from Mar. 6-16 where he won five of seven matches. Four of his eight wins needed a third set.

He won one match (Mar. 11 vs. Dunbar - RICH) in which he lost the opening set.

In doubles, he finished a combined 10-9 and had his most success with partner Jonathan Poon; 3-0 as the No. 1 and 4-4 as the No. 2. Cheung also played five matches with Jonathan Hammel, one match with Caryl Hernandez, and two matches with Shuhei Shibahara.

The Anteaters won seven of the 10 matches in which his doubles duo scored a win.

The senior concludes his career with 40 career singles wins and 51 doubles wins.

THIRD-YEAR THREATS

The Anteaters got solid production out of juniors Shuhei Shibahara and Rafael Davidian.

Shibahara hovered around the .500-mark for a majority of the season finishing at 10-11 in dual matches. Five of his wins came as the No. 5 singles and he even sported a 3-1 record as the No. 4. He sits are 26 career singles wins and 23 career doubles wins.

Shibahara had a four-match win streak in March. He only reached the third set six times this season winning three of them.

The transfer Rafael Davidian settled in nicely after a rocky start. The junior had two wins in his first nine matches before breaking out with a big, straight-set win over 103rd-ranked David Sofaer of Pepperdine.

Davidian closed out the season on a four-match win streak to earn Big West Player of the Week and an 11-9 record, the lone Anteater with a winning singles record.

SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS

The 'Eaters' group of five sophomores continued to grow into their roles on the squad.

Tyler Pham carried the load as the team's No. 2 singles. He finished 13-15 in dual matches doing most of his damage at No. 2 at 11-8. His 13 singles wins led the team which included three times when he came back from losing the opening set to score the victory.

He finished 9-9 in doubles match including seven wins with partner Jonathan Hammel.

Hammel earned All-Big West with two separate doubles partners, Pham and senior Ryan Cheung, with a combined 9-10 record between the two.

In singles, Hammel employed five different positions for a 10-19 dual match record, 11-24 overall. He did the most work as No. 3 singles playing 16 matches and winning five.

Caryl Hernandez led all Anteaters with 19 overall wins going 12-15 in dual matches. He went 6-6 at No. 5 singles and even added four wins as the No. 6. Hernandez even set the bar with a seven-match win streak during the season.

In doubles, he went 10-10 overall in dual matches and teamed up with Justin Agbayani to go 7-9, six wins as the No. 3.

Agbayani did most of his damage in doubles. He played sparingly in singles going 3-2 which included a three-set victory where he dropped the opening set against Georgetown.

Jonathan Poon made a name alongside Cheung in doubles going 7-4. He scored a 4-5 dual match singles record with all four wins coming as the No. 6.

BREAK POINTS

13               The 'Eaters came back to win 13 matches after dropping the opening set

50                UC Irvine won 50 singles matches in straight sets and additional 20 in three sets

36                UCI was most successful when going to a seventh point or tiebreaker winning 36 sets

1900           'Eater tennis recorded 1,900 total points

67               UCI scored one win in eight matches against ranked op ponents defeating No. 67 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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