Anteaters' Team Season Concludes, Kearney Waits For NCAA Tournament Pairings
May 17, 2011
TEAM SEASON ENDS: The UC Irvine men’s tennis team (19-8, 5-0) lost 4-1 to Ole Miss in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Friday to conclude competing as a team.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The 40th ranked ‘Eaters were unable to upset the 28th ranked Rebels in the NCAA Tournament. UCI got their only point of the match when Fabian Matthews beat Jonas Lutjen 6-3, 6-3. Senior Ryan Mayer was named the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner for the Southwest Region.
KEARNEY AWAITS INDIVUAL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS: Chris Kearney has been selected to the 2011 NCAA Individual Tournament and will wait for pairings to come out to find out his opponent. The singles tournament will take place at Stanford, California on May 25th.
ALL-BIG WEST HONOREES: Chris Kearney was named Player of the Year, Trevor Kronemann tabbed Coach of the Year and Ryan Cheung was selected as Co-Freshmen of the Year. Sam Gould joined Kearney on the All-Big West first team in singles and Fabian Matthews was selected to the second team. Steven Henderson earned honorable mention recognition in singles. Kearney and Stephen Stege were named to the first team in doubles while second-team honors went to Gould/Henderson and Cheung/Matthews.
IN THE RANKINGS: UCI still ranked No. 40 by the ITA While Chris Kearney is No. 42 and doubles team Kearney/Stege earned a ranking of 59.
AWARDS ADD UP: The Anteaters won Big West Athlete of the Week honors eight times this season. Kearney, Gould, Matthews and Cheung were the recipients.
DOUBLES RECORDS: Kearney/Stege (12-8) Gould/Henderson (12-9) Cheung/Matthews (10-1)
HEAD COACH: Trevor Kronemann completes his 5th season leading the Anteater tennis program. He was named 2011 Big West Coach of the Year after leading the team to their 14th Big West Tournament Title and 11th NCAA Division I Team Tournament appearance. Kronemann has led UCI to a 70-61 record overall. He is a 1990 graduate of UC Irvine where he was named an All-American in each of his four seasons.