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A Look Back at the 2010 Tennis Season

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MW Tennis Release No. 18

6/2/2010

Championship streaks were broken, five teams finished with season-ending national rankings, and three players reached the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships to highlight a solid 2010 Big West men's and women's tennis campaign.

NOTEWORTHY

Edles Heads List Of ITA Region Award Winners
After winning his first Big West Tournament title, UC Irvine women’s tennis head coach Mike Edles was selected the ITA/Southwest Region Coach of the Year.  Edles led the Anteaters to wins over Pacific, UC Santa Barbara and six-time defending champion Long Beach State to capture the crown.  The Anteaters finished 13-11 overall after falling to Ole Miss in the NCAA Tournament First Round.  Edles, the 2010 Big West Coach of the Year, also claimed the ITA region award in 2007.  In addition, UC Irvine senior Zac Tsai and Cal State Northridge junior Brooke Doane were named winners of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship for the Southwest Region.  That award goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

UC Irvine Men Make First NCAA Tournament Appearance Since 2005
The UC Irvine men’s tennis team secured the program’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance - and first since 2005 - after capturing the Big West tournament title in Indian Wells.  The Anteaters defeated UC Riverside, Pacific and Cal Poly to claim their 13th tournament title - and first under the watch of head coach Trevor Kronemann.  UC Santa Barbara’s streak of four consecutive tournament championships ended after the Gauchos lost to Cal Poly in the semifinals.

The Anteaters took on 17th-ranked California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and fell 4-0 in a match played on the campus of UCLA.  UCI concluded the season 17-12 and were ranked No. 57 nationally entering the postseason.  The future for UCI men’s tennis looks bright as first-team all-conference selections Fabian Matthews and Sam Gould return as juniors in 2011.

UC Irvine Women Halt Long Beach State Reign
The UC Irvine women disengaged six-time defending champion Long Beach State from the Big West throne, defeating the 49ers 4-1 in the championship match of the conference tournament in Indian Wells.  It was the first tournament title for head coach Mike Edles in his 14th campaign at UCI.

In winning the title, the Anteaters earned the Big West’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  The ‘Eaters made their second NCAA appearance after receiving an at-large bid for their inaugural trip in 2007.  UCI denied the 49ers of winning an unprecedented seventh consecutive tournament title, and in doing so, healed a lot of previous heartbreak.  The Anteaters were on the losing end to the 49ers in five previous championship match showdowns, falling in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.  UCI also lost to LBSU in the 2003 semifinals.  The 49ers lost in the tournament for the first time since the 2003 championship match to Cal Poly.

Widjaja, Blalock, Matzenauer Participate In NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

Three players represented the Big West at the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships.  Pacific junior Jenifer Widjaja competed in the 64-player singles draw against North Carolina’s Sanaz Marand.  Widjaja lost 6-1, 6-4 to Marand, which ended her 13-match win streak.  The 2010 Big West Player of the Year finished the season with a school record 30 victories, including a 19-3 mark in spring dual matches.  In the doubles competition, Cal Poly’s senior duo of Brittany Blalock and Suzie Matzenauer took on Baylor counterparts Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova.  The Mustangs put up a valiant fight, but fell in three sets by scores of 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-5.  It was just the fourth loss in 21 spring matches for Blalock and Matzenauer.  The pair had Baylor in a bind, leading 5-2 in the third set, but the Lady Bear contingent battled back to win the next five games to clinch the match.  Blalock made her second trip to the NCAA Doubles Championships after appearance as a sophomore in 2008.