Tigers Round Up Several Big West Conference Awards
Stockton, Calif.- Pacific picked up two major awards with Sem Verbeek being selected Freshman of the Year and Ryan Redondo Coach of the Year. Not to mention they also had several individuals recognized for an impressive season.
Verbeek joined David Gonzalez as the second player in Pacific history – and first since 2008 – to be named the conference's top freshman perfomer. The native of Amsterdam, The Netherlands progressed up the ladder as his success continued during the season, eventually becoming Pacific's No. 1 singles player. He posted an overall mark of 13-8 in singles and enjoyed a stretch where he won five straight and eight of nine matches. Verbeek went 3-4 at No. 1, 6-3 at No. 2, 1-1 at No. 3 and 3-0 at No. 4 as he helped the Tigers to a 16-9 overall record. He also clinched three 4-3 victories for Pacific with wins in the deciding singles match against Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Saint Mary's.
Director of Tennis and Head Men's Tennis Coach Ryan Redondo drastically improved the Pacific program this year as he ascended to the top coaching honor. He joined David Vande Pol (1993) and Guido Baumann (2001, 2004, 2005, 2008) on the list of Tiger mentors to receive the award. After finishing 8-15 in 2012, the Tigers bettered their win total by eight, finishing 16-9 overall in 2013. Redondo's Tigers entered the national rankings at No. 66 on March 12 and stayed in the ITA poll for the majority of the season's final two months. He led the Tigers to a 4-2 mark in Big West play, tying for third place, and guided them to the championship match of the Big West Tournament as the No. 3 seed. Redondo also coached Pacific to a victory over No. 60 Santa Clara on March 9.
Others recognized include, Sem Verbeek on the First Singles Team All Conference, as well as First All Conference Doubles alongside partner senior Alex Golding. Alex Golding was also selected to be on the Second All Conference Singles team as well as fellow Tiger sophomore Denis Stolyarov. Freshman Daniel Alameh also received honorable mention for singles after concluding his first season with the Tigers.