Briefs: UCI men lauded

Kearney named Big West Player of the Year and Kronemann is Coach of the Year in men's tennis.

May 03, 2011

UC Irvine junior Chris Kearney is the Big West Conference Player of the Year in men's tennis and UCI's Trevor Kronemann is Coach of the Year for a second straight season.

Kearney earned first-team recognition in singles and doubles, while Anteaters junior Sam Gould was a first-team honoree in singles.

Senior Stephen Stege, Kearney's doubles partner, also represents UCI, the two-time conference champion, on the first team.

UCI's Ryan Cheung, who along with junior Fabian Matthews earned second-team doubles recognition, is the Co-Freshman of the Year.

Matthews, a Corona del Mar High product, captured second-team honors in singles. He was also a first-team singles performer as a sophomore and as a freshman.


Gould, as well as junior partner Steven Henderson, earned second-team recognition in doubles. Gould was a first-team singles performer as a sophomore, when he earned second-team recognition in doubles. He was a first-team doubles honoree as a freshman

Kearney, a transfer from North Carolina, is the Anteaters' first conference player of the year since Brett Hansen-Dent earned the honor in 1992. In his debut season as an 'Eater, Kearney posted a 16-7 record in dual matches and is ranked No. 42 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. in singles.

Kronemann, a former four-time All-American at UCI, has guided the Anteaters to their second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

UCI (19-7) will face Mississippi (12-9) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on May 13 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus.

UCI captured its 14th Big West crown by topping Pacific, 4-0, in the title match Sunday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. UCI was 5-0 in conference regular-season dual matches.

Cheung, as well as Henderson, received honorable mention in singles voting.

— From staff reports


Misty sprains knee

Misty May-Treanor, a two-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist, sprained her MCL in her left knee at the Olympic Bay Sanya Open in China Saturday, but will not need surgery.

May-Treanor's agent, Thomas McCarthy, told the Associated Press Monday that May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High standout, will do physical therapy and "should only be sidelined a couple of weeks."

The injury forced May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh to withdraw from the Federation Internationale de Volleyball tour event, as they finished fourth.

"Phew … everything OK, just a little sprained MCL. Be back in no time!" May-Treanor posted on Twitter.

In 2008, May-Treanor tore her left Achilles' tendon while rehearsing for "Dancing with the Stars" after the Beijing Olympics and missed about a year.

April Ross, also a former Newport Harbor standout, finished seventh with her teammate Jen Kessy.

— From staff reports

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