FRESNO, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers fought back from down 3-2 and one point away from losing the team match to get the 4-3 win Monday at Fresno, defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first time in program history. The win makes Pacific 8-7 this year, while Fresno State is now also 8-7.
Fresno State led 3-2 thanks to their 2-0 doubles win, then were up 5-3 in the third set of Akram El Sallaly's singles match. One more point would have given Fresno State the match victory but El Sallaly would keep fighting and ended up winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-6.
"Akram battled and battled and stepped up for the win," said Head Coach Ryan Redondo. "He opened the door for Miguel to come through in the clincher."
Miguel Diaz, Ross Watson, and Bryan Husin all won their singles matches as well to get Pacific the four points necessary for the team win. Husin won 6-0, 7-6 in the sixth pairing for his first collegiate singles win.
For Diaz, it was his ninth singles win in the last 11 finished matches and makes him 2-0 against Fresno State this year. Today, Diaz won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Xander Veys, clinching the match victory for the Tigers. Diaz also defeated Veys in the Pacific Mountain Invitational 7-5, 6-3.
Watson's 7-5, 6-1 win made it three singles wins in a row for the freshman.
The Tigers will now head to Utah for two road matches this weekend. Pacific first takes on the Utah State Aggies on Friday at 10:00 am before heading to Provo for the WCC match against BYU on Saturday at 11:00 am.