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!

 

 

Tigers defeat UC Davis 6-1

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The sun and Tiger fans were out in force for the Men’s home opener last weekend. The team got off to a great start with a 6-1 win against UC Davis on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Tigers evened their record at 1-1, while UC Davis dropped to 0-2.
Pacific won the doubles point, when the teams of sophomore Sem Verbeek and freshman Miguel Diaz and juniors Erik Cederwall and Alex Hamilton picked up 8-4 victories. Verbeek, Diaz, sophomore Daniel Alameh, junior Denis Stolyarov and sophomore Marlon Brand all picked up singles victories for the Tigers.

“It was a great test for the team,” said Pacific Men’s Tennis Head Coach Ryan Redondo. ” After playing a tough Stanford team last week, we prepared well for a very good UC Davis team. The Tigers came out determined and got the doubles point with a great start by Hamilton and Cederwall.  Moving into singles we were disciplined and played aggressive. We are still learning and have a lot to work on before Hawaii next week.”

The Tigers are next in action with a home match against Hawaii on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2:00 p.m. on the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.

Come out and support your tigers as they try to make it 2-0 at home.

Go Tigers!

 

Video Contest – Vote Mens Tennis

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The Spring Season Gets Underway

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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.

Go Tigers!

Regionals Recap- Verbeek Falls in Final

Sem_Verbeek_and_RyanWith Regionals all wrapped up Pacific sophomore Sem Verbeek notched up a handful of wins to make it to the Final of the Singles draw. On his way to the final he defeated Sai Kartik(Fresno State), Nikhil Jayashankr(Cal), Sam McNeil(Fresno State), Andre Goransson(Cal) and a notable victory against Stanford #1 and #1 seed John Morrissey, also ranked 37 in the nation. Verbeek finally dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to No. 2 Seed Campbell Johnson of Cal in the ITA Northwest Regional final.

Other Tigers also provided wins in the early stages of the tournament with 5 of the men winning through their first round of matches. These wins included matches against individuals from teams from the Pac-12, Washington and Oregon as well as WCC Saint Mary’s.

Some of the Tigers will be up next at our very own Pacific Tiger Invitational which starts on Friday Nov 1. Come out and support the tigers at home at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.

Go Tigers!

Success for Tigers before upcoming ITA Regionals

In the recent weeks the Tigers have shown some great results in several tournaments. As they gear up for the upcoming ITA Regionals hosted by St Mary’s this coming Friday the 18th, the players are showing more and more that they are ready to compete.

We had two tigers take part in the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, with some dominate and successful results. Freshman Miguel Diaz won in the singles final, defeating Cristobal Rivera of Loyola Marymount 6-2, 6-1. Junior Denis Stolyarov also won on the final day, defeating David Doehring of Loyola Marymount 6-2, 7-5 in the consolation singles final. IMG_9173

Alongside the Aztec Invitational, our other tigers were competing at the Davis Invitational. Here, the Tigers won all seven matches played on the final day. The doubles team of Alex Hamilton and Erik Cederwall won the consolation doubles final, while Eric Spence won the consolation C draw singles final and Cederwall won the consolation B draw final.

Finally, this previous weekend, Verbeek and Diaz fought hard at the Battle in the Bay Classic alongside some top college programs. In Singles, Diaz opened up play with a 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Andrew Raphaelson of San Diego. He then dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to No. 3 seed John Lamble of Santa Clara. Verbeek had a first round bye before defeating Garrett Patton of Boise State 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5). Verbeek later went on to drop a straight set match in the quarterfinals to David Sofaer of Pepperdine.
In doubles the duo made it to the semi-final first defeating the No. 3 seeded team of Filip Bergevi and Campbell Johnson of Cal. Stanford’s Nolan Paige and Trey Strobel were then the victims of the tigers in the quarterfinal round loss by a score of 8-6. Verbeek and Diaz finally lost by a count of 8-4 in the semifinals to the No. 2 seeded team of Bernardo Saraiva and Nils Skajaa from USF.

Coach Redondo and Coach Golding are very happy with the tigers progress and work ethic thus far and will continue to look for improvements during the ITA Regional event on Friday.

Go Tigers!!!!

 

This Weekend

Tomorrow, Friday October 4th, many of our Tigers will be battling it out in both the SDSU Aztec Invitational as well as the UC Davis Aggie Invitational. Both competitions are fielding some tough opposition with top players from programs such as UCLA, UCSD, Cal, Oregon and many more. Play will kick off on Friday morning with doubles at both events and play will run up until the final rounds on Sunday.

 

Come out and support your tigers either at Davis or San Diego. Updates will be posted daily on pacifictigers.com following the day’s completion.

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Go Tigers!!!