Men’s Tennis drops two tough road contests

Pacific vs. New Mexico:

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Albuquerque, N.M. – The Pacific men’s tennis team dropped a close 4-2 at New Mexico on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. (PacificTigers.com)

“It was a tough loss for the team, and a lot to learn from it,” said Pacific Head Coach Ryan Redondo. “We came out a bit slow in doubles, and made a come back but was a bit late. However, the late doubles push gave us momentum into singles. We had a couple very close matches that we struggled to capitalize on. We have a lot of very important lessons to take away from today that will help us heading into another tough opponent, Oregon.”

The Tigers fell in each of the first two doubles matchups, as New Mexico took the doubles point. Sophomore Sem Verbeek and sophomore Daniel Alameh each picked up singles victories, while Denis Stolyarov was in up in a third set that would have made the match 4-3.

Pacific vs. Oregon

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Albuquerque, N.M. (PacificTigers.com)

The Pacific men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 neutral site contest against Oregon at New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. The Tigers fell to 2-3, while Oregon improved to 7-1.

“It was a very competitive match today with a lot of opportunities that passed us by,” said Pacific Head Coach Ryan Redondo. “We have a lot to learn and we’ll develop as we continue through the season.”

The Tigers fell at No. 1 and 3 doubles, though Sophomore Sem Verbeek and sophomore Miguel Diaz were leading 7-4 at No. 2 when the doubles point was decided. Pacific fell at No. 1, 3 and 5 singles, but sophomore Daniel Alameh was leading at No. 2, sophomore Ben Mirkin was leading at No. 4 and sophomore Marlon Brand was tied at No. 6.

The Tigers are next in action with a road match at Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Be sure to follow their live score updates on Twitter and Instagram @PacificMTennis. For more information on Pacific Athletics, check out PacificTigers.com.

Weekend recap and upcoming New Mexico trip

Hawaii

With roughly 300 people in attendance the Pacific men’s tennis team won its second straight home dual match with a 5-2 win over Hawai’i on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts. The Tigers improved to 2-1, while Hawai’i dropped to 1-3.

Pacific won the doubles point, when the teams of sophomore Sem Verbeek and freshman Miguel Diaz and sophomores Daniel Alameh and Marlon Brand picking up victories. Alameh, Diaz, and junior Ben Mirkin andErik Cederwall each won in singles for the Tigers.

“It was a very tough match and a great win,” said Pacific Men’s Tennis Head Coach Ryan Redondo. “Hawaii is tough and well coached. It was a lot of fun and great to see some guys step up and pull through.  We have a lot to improve on and to continue developing.”

The next stop for the Tigers is a road match at New Mexico on Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific will look to avenge a heart breaking 4-3 loss to the lobos last year. The Tigers will also play a tough Pac-12 Oregon the following day to complete the trip.

Go Tigers!