Tigers split grueling weekend
The Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center still had that “new court smell” when the Pacific men’s tennis team worked to defend it this weekend. On Friday, the No. 72 Tigers fell 3-4 to No. 68 Loyola Marymount, but they bounced back on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over No. 54 Pepperdine.
The match against LMU was hard-fought and very close, but ultimately the Tigers could not pull off the win and lost a WCC match for the first time this season. The team found themselves down 0-1 after doubles play, which began at third doubles with Miguel Diaz ’17 and Lance Ngo ’17 falling to LMU’s Luke Bohuslav and Lukas Moenter, 6-3. A 6-3 win by Sem Verbeek ’16 and Jose Chamba ’18 at the first spot made the doubles point come down to the second court, where Daniel Alameh ’16 and Alex Giannini ’17 finally fell 6-4. Pacific then headed to singles at a 0-1 disadvantage.
The Tigers started singles play strong, as Verbeek won his first set 6-2 before his opponent retired to even the match at 1-1. LMU’s Errol Smith then put the Lions back on top with a 7-5, 6-4 defeat of Chamba at third singles, but Pacific responded with Diaz’s 7-6, 6-1 victory at the fourth position, tying the match at 2-2.
Kumara Pardha Adavelly ’17 gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead with his 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 win at sixth singles, but the Lions answered right back with a wearying win by Bohuslav over Giannini at the fifth spot, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. The match then came down to court No. 2, where Alameh unfortunately fell to Cristobal Rivera, who helped the Lions squeak out the 4-3 victory by taking the matchup 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
The Tigers did not let Friday’s loss get them down, however, as they had to get right back to work on Saturday afternoon. And work the Tigers did, as they fought in another close contest against Pepperdine. This time, Pacific was the team that came out on top, 4-3.
The Tigers began doubles with a win on the second court, where Verbeek and Giannini defeated their Waves opponents 6-3. Jack Van Slyke and Guilhermo Hadlich responded with a 6-2 win over Adavelly and Bernardo Oliveira ’18 at third doubles, but Diaz and Chamba earned the first point for the Tigers with a 6-4 win at the first spot.
Pepperdine evened the score with a 6-1, 6-4 win by Pedro Iamachkine over Giannini at fifth singles, and Pacific went back up 2-1 after Verbeek took care of business at court No. 1, 6-4, 6-1. Similar to the previous day’s match, the teams continued to trade blows as the Waves again evened the score at sixth singles, where Van Slyke took down Adavelly 7-5, 6-2. Diaz then stepped up for the Tigers at fourth singles, where he downed his opponent 6-3, 7-6 and gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
The Waves would not go quietly, though, as Lautaro Pane defeated Chamba at second singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. For the second day in a row, the match came down to Daniel Alameh, this time at third singles against Stefan Menichella. Just as had occurred against LMU, the Perth, Australia native fell in the first set, 6-2, and rallied for a win in the second set, 7-5. While Alameh could not pull out the win against LMU, he would not be denied on this day, winning the final set 6-3 and giving the Tigers the 4-3 victory.
After the pair of matches, the Tigers’ record stands at 12-9 overall and 4-1 in WCC contests. The men will next play the Oregon Ducks tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.
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