The Pacific Mens tennis team returned to Stockton this week excited to get the dual season underway. The Tigers were put straight back to work having not only to prepare for the first day of classes but also having to travel to Stanford the next day for the season opener. Every one of the players was eager to get things off to a strong start as well as welcoming new team member Marlon Brand to his first dual match as a Pacific Tiger.
Opening at the No.41 team in the country, the Stanford Cardinals was no easy feat and resulted in the Tigers first loss of the spring campaign. Pacific fell 6-1 however had many opportunities throughout. Stanford opened the match with two victories in doubles to take the point, though sophomore Sem Verbeek and freshman Miguel Diaz were leading 5-4 when the point was decided. Verbeek was the lone Tiger to pick up a singles victory at No. 1, as he posted a 2 sets to 1 comeback win over John Morrissey at the No. 1 spot. Verbeek dropped the first set 6-4, then rallied to win 6-4 and 6-2 to take the victory.
Pacific Men’s Tennis Head Coach Ryan Redondo commented, “The match could have gone either way with the multiple sudden death points we lost. It was a great opportunity for us to start the season going against a tough team and it definitely showed us what we need to do to continue to work towards our potential.”
We now look ahead to the Tigers next dual match which is at home against former conference rival UC Davis. The match will be played on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2:00 p.m. on the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.