Pacific Takes On BYU Cougars
Over the weekend, both tennis teams continued their spring seasons with a tough matchup against the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars. With the new West Coast Conference (WCC), when one of the teams competes at home, the other competes away.
On Friday, March 21 at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts, the men’s tennis team took to the courts against the Cougars, coming out of the gate firing. Led by Daniel Alameh ‘16 and Marlon Brand ‘16, the Tigers swept all three of the doubles points heading into the singles.
From there, the Tigers continued into singles, winning the first set on four of the matches. As the match progressed, the Tigers struck first taking points at #3 and #4 by Miguel Diaz ‘17 and Denis Stolyarov ‘15, respectively.
However, the Cougars were close to taking points at #1 and #6, while making comebacks at #4. As the match came to an end at three all, it came down to a third set at #2 singles.
Alameh, who has clinched multiple matches for the Tigers, fought back after losing the first set and took the second.
However, Alameh’s comeback and attempt to clinch the match fell a bit short in a toughly fought loss in the third set against BYU’s Goryachkov.
While the men competed at home, the women’s team took on the Cougars at BYU in their first of two away matches over the weekend. The Cougars came out of the gate early, sweeping the doubles point and never looking back. From there, the Tigers dropped five of the six singles matches, with the lone victory coming from Hana Ritterova ‘15 at #2.
The Lady Tigers then headed to Nevada to take on the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack came out strong in the doubles and took wins at #1 and #3 and never looked back. From there, the Wolfpack went on to take four of the six singles matches, clinching the match. The two victories from the Tigers came from Francis Dean ‘17 at #3 and Regina Suarez ‘15 at #6.
The Lady Tigers ended the week by taking on the Eastern Washington Eagles at Pacific. The Tigers took some revenge and went on a full 7-0 sweep, including a 3-0 sweep of the doubles.
These matches put both teams at 7-8 on the season as they head back into WCC play this weekend to take on Gonzaga and Portland, with the women’s team at home on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at 11 a.m. and 10 a.m. Be sure to follow both teams on social media for live updates on matches @PacificMTennis and @PacificWTennis.