Chinamo Edged In Singles Finals

Tadiwa Chinamo in the singles finals
Tadiwa Chinamo in the singles finals

STOCKTON, Calif. - Tadiwa Chinamo of the Pacific men's tennis team won four straight matches to make it to the singles finals of the Pacific Invitational. In a three-set thriller, sophomore Tadiwa Chinamo fell to Mikus Losbergs, the two seed from Sacramento State.

In the first set, Chinamo blew past Losbergs, 6-2 to take a commanding advantage. In the second set, Losbergs took the first game, but Chinamo fought back to knot it 1-1. Chinamo continued to chase as the Hornet went up a game, but Chinamo evened out the set 2-2. The back-and-forth continued to force a tie-break at 6-6, but the Losbergs went on a 6-0 run that the Tiger couldn't back from and Sacramento State took the second set, 7-6(1).

In the third and final set, Losbergs got out ahead of Chinamo taking the first and second game, but Chinamo battle back to grab the third. Chinamo gathered a rally as he took the lead 4-3, but the Hornet took the next two matches to bring it to 5-3. The Harare, Zimbabwe native grabbed one more game make it 5-4, but Losbergs took control of the next game and claimed the singles title, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-4.

"Overall it was a great tournament for the Tigers as we close out our home tournaments," said head coach Ryan Redondo. "Tadiwa played well all weekend after coming off an injury and played an extremely competitive finals match that he learned a lot from as he wraps up the fall season."

Pacific takes to their final fall tournament beginning on Wednesday as Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira will compete in the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. The matches will be streamed live and the link can be found on PacificTigers.com

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