Tigers Downed in Fresno

Tigers Downed in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. - The Pacific men's tennis team kicked off their season Saturday afternoon traveling to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs and the UC Davis Aggies.

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Fresno State

  • Tadiwa Chinamo and Johnathon Lieu took the first match for the Tigers with ease 6-2.
  • Ross Watson and Nathan Hampton were edged in their match 6-3, leaving the doubles point to be decided on court 1.
  • A match that went back and forth, No. 34 Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira forced a tiebreak after being down 5-4. El Sallaly and Oliveira pushed through and took the match and the doubles point, 7-6 (7-4).
  • In singles, the Tigers were swept.
  • El Sallaly took his match to three sets but fell, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.
  • Chianmo and Oliveira's matches went unfinished after both were up 4-1 in their third sets.

UC Davis

  • Another tough outing for the Tigers as Ross Watson and newcomer John (Zeki) Horoz Garner were defeated first, 6-2 followed by Chinamo and Lieu, 6-2 to give the Aggies the doubles point.
  • El Sallaly and Oliveira did not finish their match.
  • Lieu picked up the only Pacific point with a 6-3, 6-1 win.
  • Oliveira and Watson were unable to finish their matches due to Davis taking three singles points and the victory.

Head Coach Ryan Redondo's Thoughts
It was a tough day for us today. We gave ourselves opportunities to win both of these matches but gave those moments right back way too many times.  We know what we need to focus on and move forward with in practice and our next match.  It is never fun or easy to start this way but in this moment we do know where we need to go.

Up Next
The Tigers will have their first home matches of the season at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center hosting Cal Poly on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. and George Washington on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Live stats will be available on Sunday via PacificTigers.com.

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