Tigers Clinch The Win Against The Dons

Stockton, Calif.-The Tigers put on quite a show for the fans gathered at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.  Pacific got off to a slow start against the Dons having lost the doubles events yielding the first point to San Francisco. While regrouping between the doubles and singles events, the Tigers got the spark they needed to carry them through the singles events.

In the singles events, the tension grew as each team had posted three points and were now battling for the last point to secure the victory.  Finally, in the match that featured freshman Sem Verbeek and opponent Nils Skajaa, Sem pulled out a final score of 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 to claim the win for the Tigers.  Other Tigers that posted victories included sophomore Ben Mirkin, freshman Daniel Alameh and sophomore Denis Stolyarov. The Tigers are now 3-1 for the spring season and 1-0 in the Big West Conference.

At the conclision of the match, Director of Tennis and Head Men's Tennis Coach Ryan Redondo stated, "One of the best, if not the best, college match I have been a part of. This team has heart. Again, we didn't play great but we played with passion and discipline. Go Tigers!"

The Tigers will now prepare to face California in Berkeley on February 2nd.

Match Results:

Doubles:
1.Thai Tu/William Schumacher (USF) def. Alex Golding/Alex Hamilton (PAC) 8-7(4)
2. Nils Skajaa/Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Ben Mirkin/Trevor James (PAC) 8-3
3. Jonathon Knowlman/Richard Bucalem (USF) def. Sem Verbeek/Daniel Alameh (PAC) 8-3
Singles:
1. Thai Tu (USF) def. Alex Golding (PAC) 6-2, 7-5
2. Ben Mirkin (PAC) def. William Schumacher (USF) 6-2, 6-4
3. Bernardo Saravaia (USF) def. Alex Hamilton (PAC) 6-2, 6-2
4. Sem Verbeek (PAC) def. Nils Skajaa (USF) 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
5. Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Germain Bahri (USF) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6. Denis Stolyarov (PAC) def. Richard Bucalem (PAC) 6-2, 6-1
Final Score: Pacific 4, USF 3