Tennis Has a Win-Packed Week

While many students left campus for spring break, some of the sports teams including both tennis teams continued their spring campaigns. Collectivly, both team competed in a total of 8 matches.

On the womens side, the tigers went .500 on the week, going 2-2. The spring break started with a tough road loss against Cal Poly. The mustangsm, who ere past rivals in the Big West Conference, hosted the tigers, after Pacific took a tough 4-3 victory over the mustangs at home last year. The tigers came out swinging, takin the doubles point, but could not hold on throughout singles, taking two of the six but needed a third. Hana Ritterova, and Francis Dean continued their strong spring campaigns by each picking up singles victories.

The tigers then went on to take a win over Youngstown State at home with a promising score of 5-2. The tigers took the doubles point again, and went on the take 4 of the six singles matches. The freshmen from Russia, Daria Labintseva got her first NCAA victory for the tigers, beating Gimena Puppo 6-3, 6-0 at the number 6 singles spot.

The third match of the week, took the tigers to Hawai’I to take on Grand Canyon where the tigers came out victories again taking the doubles point, and holding on winning 3 of the 6 singles matches to beat the Antelopes.

To conclude the busy weekend, the tigers faced another tough past Big West rival, the Hawai’i rainbow warriors. The match started with a tough doubles point, and the warriors continued their tough play throughout the singles matches. The lon win came from freshmen Francis Dean, who continued her win streak, beating Petriskova at #4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 for her 6th win in a row. The lady tigers are now 6-6 on the season and will continue their spring play away this weekend as they take on BYU and Nevada.

The mens team also had a very busy week, winning 3 out of 4 matches. The week started with a 7-0 sweep of Youngstown State, after the womens teams victory. Next up for the men was their first West Coast Conference Dual against the USF Dons in San Francisco. The match started with a 3-0 sweep of the doubles and the tigers up 1-0 heading into singles. From there, Sem Verbeek, Miguel Diaz, and Denis Stolyarov went on rolls, each picking up straight set victories for the tigers, taking the first win in the next conference.

The next match consisted of the tigers taking on USD at home for the second conference match. The match began with a tough doubles point loss, leaving the tigers needing 4 of the 6 singles to take the match. The tigers then went on and gave up a great fight, bringing the match to 3-all, but fell in the third set of the final match.

To end the week, the tigers took to the court on last time to take on Idaho. After coming out and falling short on the doubles point, the tigers were determined to end their Spring Break on a positive note. From there the tigers took 5 of the 6 singles matches and getting the tigers back to .500 on the year. The tigers will continue play this week against BYU at home on Friday at 2:00pm.

Be sure to follow both teams throughout the season with live updates on twitter @PacificMTennis and @PacificWTennis, and to bring all unwanted shoes to any home match for the “Tigers 4 Toes” disaster relief shoe drive.

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