Pacific Continues To Rally In WCC
This past weekend, both tennis teams took back to the courts for a pair of conference duals against some new West Coast Conference (WCC) rivals. The women’s team took to the home courts, while the men’s team headed to Spokane, Wash. to take on Gonzaga, then landed in Portland, Ore. to take on University of Portland.
The week kicked off with the men’s team taking on Gonzaga. Starting off the match, the Tigers took to the courts, sweeping the doubles points. From there, the Tigers then went on to take five out of the six singles matches, only dropping a point at the number one singles spot in a third set tiebreaker. Pacific won the match, 6-1.
Next up for the men’s teams was Portland. In the Tigers’ second indoor match in a row, the Tigers lost the doubles points, with all three of the matches being very tight. Number two and three doubles both were decided by a tiebreaker.
In singles, all six of the matches were decided in straight sets. The Tigers needed to win four out of six to win the match; however, only two players from Pacific pulled away with victories.
At number three singles, Denis Stolyarov ‘15 earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Portlands’ Gill, while sophomore transfer Marlon Brand ‘16 returned to the singles lineup for the first time after suffering an abdominal injury, and beat Alex Wallace 6-0, 6-3 at number six singles. Pacific fell to Portland with a score of 5-2.
On the women’s side, the Tigers kicked off the weekend against Portland. The match, which originally began outdoors, was moved over into the indoor courts at InShape West Lane due to weather conditions. The Tigers took the doubles point, 2-1, with wins at number two and three doubles by pairings Iveta Masarova – Cristina Saenz de Buruaga Ruiz and Gergana Boncheva – Christiana Ferrari.
The Tigers then headed to singles, where Portland was not going down without a fight. Iveta Masarova ‘15 and Hana Ritterova ‘16 both picked up straight set wins at number one and two singles, while Portland took number three singles. From there, the final three matches were left to third sets, in which Portland made a storming comeback. However, after the Tigers fell at number fours singles, Gergana Boncheva ‘15 made a roaring comeback after dropping the first set, 2-6. Boncheva beat Tori Troesch 6-4, 6-4 in the final two sets, clinching the match for the Tigers and getting Pacific’s first win in the WCC.
Boncheva went 4-0 on the weekend in singles and doubles.
Both teams are now 8-9 on the season as they pass the halfway mark in conference play. Each team will head back into action this coming weekend when the men’s team hosts the Air Force at home on Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m. The women’s team will be hosting Saint Mary’s at home on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m., while the men compete against Saint Mary’s away at noon.