Senior Alex Golding Honored As Men's Tennis Athlete Of The Week
Stockton, Calif.-Pacific senior Alex Golding (London, England/Utah) fought off three match points to win his singles showdown against Hawai`i and clinch a hard fought 4-3 battle against the Warriors, earning him Big West Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week recognition.
Golding squared off against UH No. 1 singles counterpart Jonathan Brooklyn in a three-set thriller with the match tied 3-3. Golding dropped the first set, 6-4, and faced a second set deficit to boot. However, he saved three match points to take the second set, 7-5, and cruised to a 6-2 third set victory to punctuate the Tigers' trip to the islands.
Golding also partnered with Sem Verbeek to snatch away a closely contested 9-7 decision from the UH No. 1 doubles duo of Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov.
The Tigers took on No. 66 San Diego State in a neutral court match in Honolulu. Although Pacific ended up on the losing end of a 4-3 decision, Golding and Verbeek helped the Tigers clinch the doubles point when they won 8-5 over the Aztec tandem of Thorsten Bertsch and Hunter Nicholas.
Golding's only setback for the week came against a tough customer in No. 104-ranked Derek Siddiqui. The SDSU top player came out ahead, but not before Golding pressed him in a tight second set, eventually losing 6-2, 7-5.
Others nominated: Mbonisi Ndimande (UC Santa Barbara); Chas Okamoto (Hawai`i); Alex Golding (Pacific)