STOCKTON, California - The Tigers were back home Friday playing host to New Mexico for their seventh match of the season after having to postpone the match against Fresno State earlier in the week due to illness. Pacific fought a tough battle but were ousted by the Lobos, 4-1.
In doubles, the Tigers and Lobos were tied 1-1 after Ross Watson and Akram El Sallaly defeated Dominic West and Michael Tran, 6-2. The Lobos would take the third match and the doubles point to go up, 1-0 heading into singles.
At No. 4 singles, Bernardo Oliveira garnered the only Pacific point defeating Stepan Holis in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Watson was ahead in his match at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 5-2, before his matched was announced unfinished.
Mikayel Khachatryan had his second start at No. 1 singles, but fell in a well-fought battle with Bart Van Leijsen, 6-4, 7-6(6), while El Salally followed with a 7-6(4), 6-4 loss. At No. 6 singles, Chris Cajigan, recently returning from the Davis Cup competing for his home nation of Guam, fell in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Johnathan Lieu was on serve when his match went unfinished, 6-7, 7-6, 0-1.
The Tigers are now 1-6 overall heading into their next contest hosting Grand Canyon.
Head Coach Ryan Redondo's Thoughts
For us, it's an interesting season and we are very close. We are up in so many matches, set points and just didn't finish them today. Mikayel at No. 1 singles had a set point to take it to a third, Akram had a couple set points at No. 2, Ross is up 5-2 in the third, at No. 3 Bernie wins, John is on serve in the third at No. 5. The match was right there. This is a journey and we will get right back to it Monday morning.
The Orange and Black are back in action at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center next Friday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. PST taking on Grand Canyon. Admission is free to watch all tennis events for everyone to cheer on the Tigers.
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