Tigers split weekend

Tigers split weekend

The No. 70 Pacific men’s tennis team had an up-and-down weekend on the road, starting with an upset win over the No. 27 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Saturday and ending with the Tigers being upset themselves by the unranked Cal Poly Mustangs on Sunday.
The Tigers won Saturday’s match against Santa Barbara in resilient fashion, recovering from a rough start in doubles competition to take the match, 4-3.
Pacific’s top doubles pairing of Sam Verbeek ’16 and Jose Chamba ’18 fell 6-1 to the Gauchos’ Nathan Eshmade and Miles Seemann to start the match, followed by a 6-4 loss by Bernardo Oliveira ’18 and Lance Ngo ’17 to their UCSB opponents, Andrew Riminton and Morgan Mays. The match featuring Alex Giannini ’17 and Daniel Alameh ’16 went unfinished.
After Oliveira fell to UCSB’s Teague Hamilton in the sixth spot singles matchup to give the home team a 2-0 lead, the Tigers mounted their comeback. Verbeek got his revenge on Eshmade in first singles, making quick work of the Gaucho 6-0, 6-3. Alameh then won his matchup 6-4, 6-2 to even the score, but UCSB responded with an Anders Holm victory over Giannini to take the lead back.
Pacific again evened the score when Miguel Diaz ’17 took down Morgan Mays. The Tigers clinched the victory when Chamba defeated Cody Rakela, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
The win over No. 27 Santa Barbara left Pacific feeling good heading into Sunday’s matchup with unranked Cal Poly, but this time, the score was flipped on the Tigers, as they fell 3-4 to the Mustangs.
The Tigers again struggled in the doubles matchups; the No. 40 ranked duo of Chamba and Verbeek fell to Ben Donovan and Corey Pang, while Alameh and Giannini fell to Garrett Auproux and Tim Tan.
The Tigers earned points in the singles matches thanks to wins from Verbeek, Chamba and Oliveira, but it would not be enough to overcome the Mustangs.
The Tigers’ record now stands at 6-5 on the season. They will return home this Sunday to take on Utah State.

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