STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's tennis team completed the third day of the annual ITA Northwest Regionals, which is being hosted at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center for the first time in Pacific's history.
Doubles began the day with the two-seeded combo of Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira facing off against Lucas Marinelli and Oliver Poysti of San Francisco. The Tiger team took on the battle with the Dons as both teams passed back the lead multiple times before El Sallaly and Oliveira took the lead and kept it as they edged San Francisco, 8-6.
Pacific then moved on to the quarterfinals to battle with Sacramento State's Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis, the five-seeded Hornets. The Tigers hit a rough patch as the Hornets took the first set and never trailed and Pacific fell, 8-5.
"The Tigers struggled today but it will serve us very well in the future. We came across some tests we didn't pass today but they without a doubt will move us forward as a team," stated Ryan Redondo, head men's tennis coach. "I am thrilled with the direction the team is going but we have a lot to learn because we have a lot of space to fill to reach our team vision and that is what is most exciting about this group of guys."
In singles, Chris Cajigan went head-to-head with Jonathon Star from UC Davis in the consolation bracket but was taken down by the Aggie, 6-0, 6-1.
Nathan Hampton faced off against Hermont Legaspi, another Hornet, taking him down in a lengthy three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0(12). Hampton's next match included a bout with Ethan Young-Smith from Oregon, which saw the sophomore Tiger fall, 6-2, 6-1.
Simon Solbas dueled with Trenton Nield of Seattle, but had to retire the match after the first set due to injury.
The tournament advances through Sunday morning beginning with doubles as the Tigers look to continue the fall development.
For updates on the tournament, visit the Pacific men's tennis page at PacificTigers.com