Tigers Advance In Doubles In ITA Regionals

Akram El Sallaly
Akram El Sallaly

STOCKTON, Calif. - The second day of the ITA Northwest Regionals wrapped up as Nathan Hampton, Simon Solbas, Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira registered wins for the Tigers.

Nathan Hampton and Ross Watson began the day with a doubles with a win over Louis Chabut and Bernardo Moraes of Sacramento State. They started down 3-0 before winning seven straight sets to take the advantage, 7-3. The Hornets got one back but Hampton and Watson shut them down, winning 8-4. In their second match of the afternoon, the Pacific pair faced the nine-seeded Sameer Kumar and Timothy San out of Stanford, but the Tigers couldn't pull out the win as they fell, 8-4.

Chris Cajigan and Simon Solbas paired up for the second doubles match for the Tigers but fell to Oregon's Ty Gentry and Armando Soemarno, 8-2.

Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira, a two-seed in the tournament, continued their doubles domination taking down the duo from Washington, Alexis Alvarez and Set Hawken, 8-2. The Pacific combo move on to the round of 16 as they extend their campaign.

In singles action, the Tigers hit a rough patch as Oliveira dropped, 6-4, 6-3 to Jack Malloy, a five-seed from California, while Ross Watson fought a tough match but fell to Sameer Kumar, a six-seed from Stanford, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. The last Tiger left in the main draw, El Sallaly, was nipped by California's, Jacob Brumm in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Pacific saw better luck in the consolation bracket as Solbas topped Eastern Washington's Ricardo Almeada in a three-set showdown, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(8), while Hampton also picked up a win defeating Daniel Krutik from St. Mary's, 6-1, 5-7, 1-0(5).

"Overall, I was happy with the direction in which we went as a team today. I really liked the way Ross played today, but unfortunately he came up short in the third set. It is a big improvement and that will help him in the spring as his game continues to develop," said head coach Ryan Redondo. "Bernardo also had a big opportunity that was missed, but he had the opportunity and now he is aware of the moment next time this match comes around. The other guys did a fine job in getting some consolation wins and we continue on in doubles."

Due to a weather delay in the morning, Cajigan and Orlita will play their singles matches Saturday morning.

The third day of the ITA Northwest Regionals continues on Saturday starting with doubles play at 8 a.m. followed by singles.

For updates on the tournament, visit the Pacific men's tennis page at PacificTigers.com