The Fall semester is finally here and marks another exciting time for the Men’s Pacific Tennis Team. As the summer came to an end, it gave the opportunity for both returning and incoming Tigers to individually continue their hard work on the court and gain some valuable experience and momentum for the 2013/14 season. All of the men’s team worked hard this summer, many competing in tournaments in order to start the new year on the right foot.
Recently Big West Freshmen of the Year, Sem Verbeek, won his third tournament at the Kattenlaan Open 2013 in the Netherlands. Sem has demonstrated the discipline needed to continue to succeed away from the college setting. Along with that, Ben Mirkin closed out the ITA Summer Circuit Championships by winning the consolation draw, defeating the #4 seed from Alabama in the three sets. In the same tournament, Daniel Alameh went all the way to the Rd. of 16 to lose in a third set tiebreaker to Wake Forest’s #2 seed. Incoming Freshman Miguel Diaz competed in the $100,000 ATP CoMerica Challenger and lost in a tight match to the #800 player in the world. Tigers Alex Hamilton, Denis Stolyarov and Miguel Diaz also competed locally at the Modesto Open getting some matches under their belt. Hamilton and Stolyarov also partnered up for the doubles event to form the bonds needed for the season.
With everyone now back on campus and orientation finally complete I would like to welcome our new Freshmen; Miguel Diaz, Eric Spence and Lance Ngo to the team. All 3 bring a unique dimension to the program and will continue to help in enhancing the mindset and goals of the Tigers.
Alongside new players, we are also very excited about adding Alex Golding to the coaching staff. Golding recently finished his tennis eligibility playing for Pacific and understands what it takes to succeed as a college-athlete. He will now transfer his experience into helping the team out as an assistant coach adding yet another invaluable dimension to the Men’s Tennis Team.
Finally, we are only two weeks out from the Tiger Tennis Safari Fundraiser and we need your support! Enjoy dinner from some of Stockton’s best restaurants, wine tasting from Jeremy’s Wine (Lodi), live music, wonderful silent auction items, and more. This year’s event will be hosted by Brookside Country Club.
We will also be hosting the annual Pro-Am on the morning of the 7th as well from 9-11am. Participation in the Pro-Am will give you access to the only Free Bootcamp Event in the Fall, so don’t miss a chance to get your spot!