Men’s Tennis Splits Weekend
Over the past weekend, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams took to the courts for the second to last conference weekend before the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship. Both tennis teams competed against Pepperdine, the top team in the conference on both sides, and Loyola Marymount University (LMU).
The Lady Tigers ventured on the road to Orange Country and kicked off the weekend and their last road contest against the Waves. The Waves, ranked twenty-eighth in the country, came out of the gates quick in doubles and swept the doubles, which included two unfinished matches.
After Pepperdine took a win at No. 1, Iveta Masarova ‘15 suffered a game-ending knee injury at No. 2 doubles. Unsure of the injury, Masarova was then pulled from the singles lineup. With their number one player out, Pacific went on to drop matches at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 singles.
The Lady Tigers then headed to LMU to take on the Lions. Masarova was also pulled from the match. The Tigers charged out of the gate, taking the doubles point with Hana Ritterova ‘16 and Cristina Saenz de Buruaga ‘17 winning at No. 1 and Francis Dean ‘17 and Christiana Ferrari ‘16 clinching at No. 2.
As they headed into singles, the Lions came roaring back, winning five out of the six singles matches. The lone singles win came from Ritterova, who was bumped up to No. 1 singles due to Masarova’s absence. Ritterova earned a convincing 6-0, 6-4 win over LMU’s Kristine Kouyoumjian.
The Tigers will be returning home this weekend for their final two matches of the year before conference, taking on University of San Francisco at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 18 and Santa Clara at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.
While the women’s team was on the road in Southern California, the men’s team concluded their final home matches of the year while celebrating Erik Cederwall ‘15 and Denis Stolyarov’s ‘15 final home matches as Tigers.
Pacific hosted Pepperdine, defending conference champions, on Friday, April 11. Pepperdine came out to an early lead in doubles, taking wins at No. 1 and No. 3, leading the No. 2 doubles unfinished. From there, the Tigers were looking to take four singles matches but came up just a bit short, running out of time.
The Waves took wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5. Daniel Alameh ‘16 took a win at No. 4 singles, while Miguel Diaz ‘17 and Cederwall were still in their third sets. Though the match was 4-1 in favor of Pepperdine, the Tigers were just a match away from an upset and will be looking for revenge in the WCC championship.
On Saturday, April 12, the Tigers got to release a bit of their anger from a tough loss the day before and took it out on the Lions of LMU. Pacific took the doubles point, with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 by partners Stolyarov and Sem Verbeek ‘15 and Alex Hamilton ‘15 and Alameh. From there, the Tigers hit the singles matches with purpose, taking wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4. The final score of the match was 5-2 in favor of the black and orange.
The men’s team will be heading to Santa Clara, Calif. this Saturday, April 19 to compete for the third spot in conference play before heading to the WCC championship next week in San Diego, Calif.