Tigers 5 Sac State 2

The Pacific Men’s Tennis Team claimed a hard fought 5-2 victory of the Sacramento State Hornets.  The Tigers started the day getting early leads on all three doubles matches with a doubles line up of Alex Hamilton/Trevor James at #1, Sem Verbeek/Denis Stolyarov at #2, and Daniel Alameh/Alex Golding at #3.  After a convincing 8-4 win from Senior Golding and Freshmen Alameh, James and Hamilton went down 4-8 to leave the deciding, and all important doubles point, on the shoulders of the #2 doubles court.  After a strong surge from the Hornets, the Tigers claimed the doubles point with an 8-6 clinch.

Going into singles, the Tigers lineup had #1 Alex Golding, #2 Sem Verbeek, #3 Denis Stolyarov, #4 Ben Mirkin, #5 Daniel Alameh, and #6 Valentim Goncalves Junior .  The Hornets came out strong and came after the Tigers claiming singles victories at #6 and #1.  However, the Tigers played with discipline and relentlessness to earn 4 straight singles wins.  The first win for the Tigers was at #5 with Daniel Alameh winning 6-4, 6-3.  Next up, Sem Verbeek claimed his 8th singles victory by a score of 6-3, 6-2, followed by the clinching win by Denis Stolyarov 6-4, 7-6 (1).  With the win, Denis has won 8 straight matches this season.  Last on with the dual match already decided,  Ben Mirkin found himself in a dog fight at #4.  After being down 2-0 in the third set, Mirkin clawed his way back and won 7-5 in the third.

Next up for the Pacific Tigers is Northern Arizona University on Friday at Home on the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.  Please check www.pacifictigers.com and the schedule link above for match times and news.  Go Tigers!

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