Tigers fall to UCSB, rebound against Nevada
The Pacific men’s tennis team went .500 on the weekend at Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, suffering a close loss to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, but bouncing back for a convincing victory over Nevada on Sunday.
Against UCSB, Miguel Diaz ‘17 had a stellar match for the Tigers. The senior fought back from an early deficit in his singles match for a 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 victory in the No. 1 spot for Pacific, defeating UCSB’s Morgan Mays. He followed that with the Tigers’ lone win in doubles play, when he and teammate Ross Watson ‘20 took down the Gauchos’ No. 3 pair in a 6-3 victory.
Tadiwa Chinamo ‘20 also performed well for the Tigers, as he grinded through for a win in No. 2 singles over Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, 7-6, 6-7, 1-0. Alex Giannini ‘17 rounded out the victories for Pacific when he defeated Chase Masciorini in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-3.
With three victories and three losses in singles play, the Tigers needed to pull out two of three doubles matches to take the overall match victory, but it was not meant to be. The Gauchos took the majority of doubles matches to squeak out a 4-3 win over the Tigers.
The men did not dwell on Saturday’s loss though, as they went right back to work the following day against the Nevada Wolf Pack. This time the Tigers would emerge on top, handing the Wolf Pack a 5-2 loss to end their weekend road trip.
The match was won for the Tigers in singles play, as they again dropped two of three doubles matches to the opponent. Miguel Diaz picked up right where he left off the day before, defeating Nevada’s No. 1 Julien Evrard in a 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 match. Chinamo secured another singles victory as well, making quick work of Augsutin Delahodde with a 6-2, 6-0 win in the No. 2 spot.
In the No. 3 spot, Akram El Sallaly ‘20 defeated Nevada’s Robert Margitfalvi 7-6, 6-3. Giannini kept the Tigers rolling with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Augustin Delahodde in the No. 4 position, followed by another Pacific victory from Ross Watson over Peter O’Donovank, 6-3, 6-2. The Tigers’ one victory in doubles was delivered via Diaz and Nathan Hampton ‘20, who recorded a 6-3 win in No. 3 play.
With this weekend of play in the books, the Tigers now stand at 5-3 on the season. The men will next take to the road for a couple of matches San Luis Obispo, where they will face Cal Poly and UC Irvine in a Saturday doubleheader.
PC: Ray Wong