Pacific men's tennis fell in its season opener at UC Davis today, 4-2. The Tigers were set to take on Fresno State as well, but the match was cancelled due to impending darkness.
The Tigers got wins from freshman Philip Hjorth at No. 2 singles and junior Tadiwa Chinamo at No. 4 singles, but dropped matches elsewhere to the Aggies in the loss. Doubles play, which was set to come after singles, was abandoned after Davis clinched the match.
"Congratulations to Davis for competing really well today," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "I was confident we were well prepared for this match mentally, emotionally, and physically and it showed to start. We went up in 4 of the 6 matches with 1st sets. Philip Hjorth beat a very solid opponent 6-3, 6-0 and Tadiwa Chinamo followed suit. However, Davis pushed back pretty hard and brought a couple matches to three sets that were key, and they came through when it counted."
Pacific hosts California on Tuesday at the
- At No. 1 singles, junior Ross Watson took the first set over Ivan Thanna 6-3, but fell in the second and third, 3-6, 2-6.
- At No. 2 singles, Hjorth picked up the Tigers their first victory of the 2019 duel match season in dominating fashion, 6-3, 6-0 over David Goulak.
- At No. 3 singles, junior Jonathan Lieu lost 6-4, 7-5 to Nils Grandez Ausio.
- At No. 4 singles, Chinamo started his season 1-0 in singles play with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over Alex Scemanenco.
- At No. 5 singles, junior Akram El Sallaly picked up a win in the first set of his match against Chethan Swanson, 6-4, but went on to fall in the following two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
- At No. 6 singles, freshman Josef Southcombe fell to Arjith Jayaraman 6-2, 6-2 in what was his first collegiate match.
More from coach Redondo:
"Being our first match, I want to take the lessons from today to make right moving forward. Had we stayed the course, I believe this was a match for us to win. The sense of urgency must get better to compete and play our best tennis at the end of the match. We will look to make right within our practices and following matches."