Tigers Roll Over Bulldogs, 4-0

Ross Watson
Ross Watson

STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific men's tennis finished the weekend with a pair of wins as they defeated Gonzaga 4-0 this afternoon at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.  Pacific's victory keeps the Bulldogs winless in the West Coast Conference.    

During doubles, the Tigers fell behind after losing first doubles as Sam Feit and Ruadhan O'Sullivan defeated Tadiwa Chinamo and Akram El Sallaly, 6-2.  Pacific didn't give up as Ross Watson and Bernardo Oliveira dispatched Sim Homedes Dualde and Ronzai Saurombe, 6-3 to even the score 1-1.

The doubles point was decided when Alex Giannini and Miguel Diaz took control of the match after trailing 3-2.  The duo won two straight games to take the lead at 4-3, but the Bulldogs were able to tie it up at four-all before the Tigers took the lead again after a powerful shot from Giannini to put the match at 5-4.  The back and forth continued, forcing a tie break to determine the victor.  Gonzaga pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead, but Pacific commanded the tie break and made up ground to take a 3-2 lead.  Vincent Rettke and Kyle Everly knotted it up yet again, but that was the last time as Diaz and Giannini strung together four consecutive points to secure the doubles point.  

In singles play, all six Tigers won their first sets.  El Sallaly trounced Homedes Dualde, 6-0, 6-2, while Watson took care of Everly, 6-3, 6-3 to quickly put the Tigers up 3-0.  Diaz then overthrew O'Sullivan at first singles, 7-6(4), 6-1 to claim the match for Pacific.

Giannini and Oliveira were in their second sets, while Chinamo was in his third before their matches were declared unfinished.     

The victory puts Pacific at 3-5 in the WCC and 10-14 overall while Gonzaga is now 0-6 in the WCC and 6-11 overall.  

The Black and Orange will play their final regular season match of the season next Saturday at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center taking on Saint Mary's at 1 p.m.  Seniors, Miguel Diaz, Alex Giannini, Lance Ngo, and Kumara Pardha Adavelly will be honored with a senior day celebration.