Gearing up for Fall Tournaments

With fall competition edging closer, the team has been practicing and competing hard in preparation for the coming weeks. Many of the tigers have taken it upon themselves to go out and get their very own match experience outside of the college schedule. Two tigers, Daniel Alameh and Denis Stolyarov travelled down to Southern California for a $10,000 event on the ITF tour. Being able to compete in qualifying for a professional tournament gave both players invaluable experience and great preparation for the season. In the first round of qualifying Alameh was drawn against current college player and Santa Clara number 1, John Lamble. Despite Alameh’s chances he was unable to capitalize and lost a tight contest 7-6 6-1. Stolyarov, on the other hand, was able to battle hard to win his 1st and 2nd round in qualifying before falling short and taking a loss in the 3rd round.

This past weekend saw all the tigers in action entering into the open singles and doubles USTA tournament in Sacramento. Again giving the tigers more match experience and exposure. The tigers dominated the tournament leaving 4 of the 9 to contest the semi-finals out amongst themselves. Verbeek was the eventual champion defeating freshman Miguel Diaz in the final.

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Next up for the tigers- This coming weekend Sem Verbeek, Daniel Alameh and Ben Mirkin will head to Tulsa for the ITA All-American Championship.
Alex Hamilton, Erik Cederwall, Eric Spence and Lance Ngo will head to Fresno to compete at the Fresno State Bulldog Championship.

Go Tigers!!!!

Kicking off the Fall Semester!

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.

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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.

IMG_8705With 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!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Redondo at rredondo@pacific.edu or (760)613-9462.

Tigers earn Awards

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The Pacific Men’s Tennis team took home numerous awards for the 2012-2013 year.

  • Sem Verbeek earned the Big West Freshmen of the Year Award.  Sem was also chosen to the First Team Singles and First Team Doubles Big West All-Conference Team.  Additionally, Sem was named Player of the Week on two occasions as well as being placed on the ITA All-Academic Team.  Sem became the 2nd recipient of the Gregory Rietsch Pacific Tennis Academic Award with a 3.92 GPA, as well as being named (by his teammates) the Most Improved Player.
  • Denis Stolyarov was chosen to the 2013 Big West Conference Second Team Singles and as the Pacific Tigers Most Valuable Player (voted on by his teammates).
  • Daniel Alameh was chosen to the 2013 Honorable Mention Award for the Big West Conference as well as being named Player of the Week during the season.
  • Valentim Goncalves Jr. was chosen as the Pacific Tigers Most Spirited Award.  Valentim saw limited playing time this season but continued to support his teammates and continued to be a positive model of inspiration to help the Tigers earn school record victories.
  • Coach Ryan Redondo was named the 2013 Big West Coach of the Year as well as the 2013 ITA Wilson Northwest Region Coach of the Year.

End of the Season News!

 

 

 

 

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Moving into the Big West Conference Championships, the 3rd seeded Pacific Men’s Tennis Team opened up tournament play against a hungry UC Davis squad.  The Aggies jumped to a quick 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point at positions 1 and 3.  The Tigers bounced back and came out with strong wins by Ben Mirkin and Alex Golding at numbers 5 and 2.  However, Davis came back and won at number 6 as Erik Cederwall was defeated making the score 2-2.  With Sem, Denis, and Daniel still battling, both Denis and Daniel came through to clinch two three setters to move the Tigers into the 2nd round against co-Champs, Cal Poly SLO.

As temperatures reached triple digits, the Tigers were scheduled to play the Mustangs at 3:00pm in the heat of the day.  The Tigers started fast and determined by taking the doubles point at number 2 and 3.  Alex Golding and Alex Hamilton got off with the first win, followed by Daniel Alameh and Ben Mirkin winning at number 3.  The tide quickly turned as the Mustangs took first sets on courts 1-5, while Alex Hamilton was dominating play at number 6.  As the match wore on, the heat rose, and that special time when the tide can turn, the Tigers came roaring back with a win at #6 tying the score at 1-1.  The Tigers quickly went down 3-2 as Ben Mirkin and Sem Verbeek lost their matches in straight sets.  This left the match up to Denis and Daniel again.  Collegiate tennis at its best was displayed within the next hour and a half as Denis went on to win his match 7-6 in the third set to tie the dual at 3-3 while Daniel Alameh came back from a set and a break down to force a third set.  Having to move courts due to darkness, Daniel wore his opponent down to claim the third set and clinch the semifinal.  You can view the final match points from Denis and Daniel’s wins here:  http://youtu.be/Gycjws-_L6E

After nearly five hours of straight play in Indian Wells heat, the Tigers got a day off before squaring off with the UCSB Gauchos.  The Tigers defeated the Gauchos in regular season play, but with the addition of two starters to the UCSB lineup, the Gauchos started quick and maintained the lead throughout the whole final.  The Tigers were defeated in their 2nd Big West final in three years by a score of 4-2.  

Pacific Tigers earn a 3rd place finish in the Big West Regular Season

The Pacific Men’s Tennis team earned a 3rd place seed in the upcoming Big West Championships as they finished with a 4-2 record in regular season play.  The Tigers finished the regular season with two matches on the road.  After losing a tight battle to UC Irvine, the Tigers claimed third place behind UCI and Cal Poly with their 4-2 win over UC Riverside.  The Tigers finished the regular season with a winning record of 14-8 (4-2) and a season high of #66 in the NCAA/ITA rankings.  The team is currently ranked #71 and will play UC Davis on Thursday morning at 8am to kick off post season play.  Be sure to follow the team on Twitter for live scores @PacificMTennis

Go Tigers!

Tigers Split the weekend against Conference opponents

The Pacific Men’s Tennis team went 1-1 against Big West Conference opponents.  On Saturday, the Cal Poly Mustangs defeated Pacific 5-2 in a highly competitive battle.  Cal Poly played very well and competed very hard as they always do.  However, the Tigers responded well with a big victory over the dangerous UCSB Gauchos by a score of 4-1.  The Tigers are now 13-6 in the regular season and 3-1 in Big West Play.  UC Irvine, Cal Poly, Hawaii, and Pacific are all now 3-1.

The Tigers will travel to Stanford on Tuesday to compete against the 41st ranked Cardinals.  The Cardinals have had an average year for Stanford, however, are very dangerous and young.  They just beat Utah and Arizona and barely lost a 4-3 match to #7 Pepperdine.  The Tigers are looking forward to a great match before traveling to play UC Irvine and UC Riverside to end the regular season.  You can watch the Stanford match live at:  http://www.streamingtennis.com/Cardinal/livescoreboard1.html

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Tigers defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack 5-2.

Pacific Men’s Tennis came back to action after a 12 day layoff to defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack 5-2.  The 70th ranked Tigers started down 1-0 after losing the doubles point in a highly contested tiebreaker at the #1 spot.  At the start of singles, the Tigers found themselves down on 4 of the 6 singles matches but weathered the storm to come back and win 5 of 6 singles matches.  First off at #2 singles was Denis Stolyarov, followed by a three set win by Alex Hamilton on #5, a three set win by Daniel Alameh at #3, and a three set win to clinch the tie at #6 by Erik Cederwall.  Ben Mirkin defeated his opponent at the #4 position in straight sets, while senior Alex Golding was defeated in straight sets at #1 singles.  The Tigers now hold a 12-5 record with four conference matches to go and one non-conference match against Stanford before the Big West Conference Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  Go Tigers!

Tigers ranking update and week ahead

The Pacific Tigers men’s tennis program has come in at this weeks ranking at #70 in the ITA/NCAA Division 1 ranking.  The team high this year has been #66 two weeks ago.  Since then the team has gone 3-1.  Next up for the Tigers is the University of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack.  The Wolfpack have had a solid season and they are talented from top to bottom.  The Tigers defeated them last year in Reno, by a score of 4-3.  Match time on Saturday is scheduled for 2:00pm.  Come out and cheer on your Tigers!

Alameh awarded Big West Athlete of the Week Honors

Daniel Alameh (FR. Perth, Australia) has been awarded the Big West Athlete of the Week award for his stellar week competing against Iowa, New Mexico, and Gonzaga.  Daniel was moved up to position 4 for the first time this year and earned a 4-1 record against the three teams.  Daniel’s last doubles match was called, however, he and partner Ben Mirkin were up 7-2 at the time.  Pacific Men’s Tennis has now taken four Big West Athlete of the Week Awards this season.  Daniel currently holds a 12-4 singles record and a 9-3 doubles record.  Image

Tigers ROAR to a 6-1 Victory over the Zags

The Pacific Men’s Tennis Team has improved their record to 11-4 with a 6-1 victory of Gonzaga University.  The Tigers came out quick, feisty, and determined.  At #1 doubles, Sem Verbeek and Denis Stolyarov won 8-2 while Alex Golding and Alex Hamilton won at #2 8-0.  Due to travel conflicts, Pacific and Gonzaga coaches agreed to stop the doubles when the doubles point was decided leaving Daniel Alameh and Ben Mirkin up 7-2 at #3.

The Gonzaga team is much improved this year with one of the top regionally ranked players at the #1 spot, Alvaro Nazal.  Nazal won the lone point for the Zags in three sets in an impressive match at #1 against Alex Golding.  It was two styles of play clashing, with the 10 point tiebreak in the third set favoring the grinder, Nazal.  Golding, the Tigers lone senior plays a classic forward moving game with a beautiful one hander, powerful forehands, and a natural serve and volley style of play.  The Tigers dominated from numbers 2-6 winning all in straight sets.  Sem Verbeek (2), Denis Stolyarov (3), Daniel Alameh (4), Ben Mirkin (5), and Alex Hamilton (6) held up the top 6 lineup.  Defeating Gonzaga earned the Tigers their 5th victory over a WCC opponent this season. The only WCC loss was to the then #5 Pepperdine Waves.

The Tigers next face the Nevada Wolfpack at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts on Friday April 6.  Be sure to come out and support the Tigers as they have only three home matches left.

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