Pacific’s spring sports had both highs and lows
Our spring Tiger athletes are wrapping up another eventful season full of highs, lows and everything in between.
As always, all of Pacific’s athletes did the University proud by sacrificing their time and bodies in order to represent Pacific on the highest levels of collegiate competition.
In recognition of these athletes’ efforts, let’s take a look at some of the notable aspects of each of the spring sports’ seasons.
At the brand new Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, the women’s tennis team finished their season with a 7-12 overall record, going 2-7 in-conference, and unfortunately fell to last place in the WCC.
It was not all bad news to end the year, though, as Viktoriya Dzyuba ’19 and Anneroos Nederstigt ’19 both received All-WCC honors, proving that the future of the program is in good hands with the talented freshmen.
The No. 67 men’s team, meanwhile, finished the regular season with a 6-3 record, which put them in a tie for third place in the WCC.
Pacific ended up falling in the quarterfinals of the WCC Championships. The Tigers received plenty of honors for their successful season; Coach Ryan Redondo earned WCC Coach of the Year honors while Sem Verbeek ‘16 was named the WCC Player of the Year.
Verbeek, who went 18-2 in singles play, also shared All-WCC honors with doubles partner Jose Chamba ’18. Verbeek continued to rack up awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, who awarded him Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year, Most Improved Senior and the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
The men’s golf team competed in 10 tournaments this season, with their best showings being two different fourth place finishes: once at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational and once at the Del Walker Intercollegiate.
One of the best individual performances of the season came from Tyler Burnes ’19, who shot a +1 at the Goodwin, hosted by Stanford.
Burnes finished tied for 13th among 138 competitors. Geoff Fry ’17 and Matt Lee ’16 also had standout performances; Fry finished tied for fifth at the Del Walker Intercollegiate and Lee finished fourth at the Pacific Invitational.
The No. 16 women’s water polo team had a solid spring, going 16-17 overall and 6-1 in conference play.
In the GCC tournament, the Tigers beat Fresno Pacific and Cal Baptist to reach the championship game, but lost an absolute heart-breaker to No. 15 San Diego State, falling 9-10 in sudden death overtime.
Attacker Viktoria Szmodics ’19 was awarded GCC Newcomer of the Year, and attackers Rachel Krieger ’18 and Karolina Hlavata ’18 received All-GCC honors.
The Pacific beach volleyball team finished their time on the sand with a 6-9 record. The Tigers competed in the WCC Championships, where they lost to Saint Mary’s and San Francisco. Lexi Elman ’17 received All-WCC Second Team honors, while Kimmy Whitson ‘16, Mia Feiner ‘16, Alicja Wilk ‘16 and Andie Shelton ‘18 all received All-WCC Academic honors.
Pacific track and field had a very good season to build on; together the women broke at least one program record in six of the seven meets they competed in this season.
Top performers included Jasmine Jenkins ’18, Lindsey Wourms ’16, Becky Grabow ’16 and Naomi Nunis ’19.
The softball team finished their season yesterday against Loyola Marymount, and at the time of writing, they have a 19-26 overall record, going 2-10 in conference play.
Catcher Rachel Sellers ’18 has had an outstanding year, hitting .370 with 28 runs batted in and six homers.
Infielder Nicole Zapotoczny ’16 has been great as well, leading the team with 29 RBI and eight home runs.
First baseman Sydney Lahners ‘18 has hit .322 with 23 RBI and six home runs. Right-hander Marissa Young ’18 has led the pitching staff, throwing 97 innings with a 2.96 ERA.
Out on the diamond at Klein Family Field, the baseball team is still giving it their all for the last few games on the schedule. Going into this weekend’s series against San Diego, the Tigers stand at eighth place in the WCC with a 19-26 overall record, 10-11 in-conference.
The offense has been led by power hitters Gio Brusa ’16 and Danny Mayer ’17. Brusa is hitting .329 with 38 RBI, 11 home runs and a .590 slugging percentage.
Mayer, meanwhile, is hitting .299 with 36 RBI, 13 homers and a .584 slugging percentage. Pitching-wise, right-hander Will Lydon ’17 has eaten up the most innings at 79.1, recording a 4.42 earned run average in that span. The right-handed Jake Jenkins ’16 has pitched 69.2 innings with a 3.23 ERA.
Overall, it is clear that Pacific has had a great season of spring sports. To those seniors who will be leaving us this year, we say congratulations, and thank you for all the time and effort you have put into making Pacific proud.
Gratitude is owed to the rest of the undergrad athletes, as well, as they continue to balance school and athletics to represent this great University. Until next year, go Tigers!
Good luck in your future endeavors, Tiger seniors!
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