STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers came out with three singles wins but took the overall loss 4-3 against UC Santa Barbara Saturday. The Tigers lost two of the three doubles matches, giving Santa Barbara the point that would end up being the deciding factor.
"It was a tough match to lose today, we have to learn from this one," said Head Coach Ryan Redondo. "I think this is one of UCSB's best teams they've had in years and we lost 3-4. There were just too many opportunities that we didn't take in doubles and singles, and, against a team of that competitiveness, you have to take the first one you get. I am encouraged with the fact that in my opinion we had some uncharacteristic matches from certain players that we can clean up and be that much better when that time comes around."
Miguel Diaz and Ross Watson gave Pacific their one doubles win, taking down Santa Barbara's third pairing 6-3 for the win. Unfortunately, losses in the other two doubles matches, including in a hard-fought match against the nation's 12th-ranked pair, gave the Guachos the opening point.
Working as Pacific's number one, Diaz also picked up a win in his singles match, going to a tie-breaker before the senior got the W. Diaz won 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8) in the match. On the year, Diaz is now 4-2 in singles matches and has won his last two doubles matches.
Tadiwa Chinamo also went to a tie-breaker, winning 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (8) against Santa Barbara's number two. That made it three straight singles wins for Chinamo, who has yet to lose a singles match in February.
Alex Giannini, playing in the four spot, picked up a win with a 6-1, 6-3 game. Giannini has won his last two singles matches, winning every set by at least three.
"We did not play great tennis today. Even the matches that we won. So, that time very well could be tomorrow against Nevada so we need to begin to prepare to go out and take care of our opportunities," said Redondo.
The Tigers will have another home match tomorrow, taking on Nevada at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center beginning at 1:00 pm.
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