Pacific men's tennis fell at home today, 4-3 to Nevada following an epic match at No. 1 singles that the Tigers came up short in.
Pacific picked up wins at two, three and five singles and nearly took the doubles point, but a three-set match at No. 1 singles ended up as the deciding factor. Freshman Philip Hjorth took Nevada's junior, Julien Evrard, who was an All-Mountain West selection in 2018, to three sets, but came up just short of a match-clinching victory.
"Today was a battle," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "I thought that Nevada fought really hard all the way to the end. We had several match points to win this dual match, but Nevada hung tough and got the win. I have a lot of respect for them. We had a huge lead in doubles to take the point. Losing the doubles point ended up making the biggest difference in the whole dual match. We need to take those opportunities and put our foot down and close these matches out moving forward here. We need to continue to put ourselves in winning situations."
No. 1 Doubles: Evrard and Nesterenko (NEV) def. Lieu and Hjorth (PAC) 6-2. (2)
No. 2 Doubles: Levitt and Motuzas (NEV) def. Hjorth and Watson (PAC) 7-6. (3)
No. 3 Doubles: Chinamo and El Sallaly (PAC) def. Radionov and Dudokin (NEV) 6-1. (1)
No. 1 singles: Evrard (NEV) def. Hjorth (PAC) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
No. 2 singles: Watson (PAC) def. Nesterenko (NEV) 6-1, 6-3 (1)
No. 3 singles: Chinamo (PAC) def. Radionov (NEV) 7-6, 6-4 (5)
No. 4 singles: N'Tcha (NEV) def. Lieu (PAC) 6-4, 6-4 (4)
No. 5 singles: El Sallaly (PAC) def. Motuzas (NEV) 6-4, 6-4 (3)
No. 6 singles: Dudockin (NEV) def. Horoz (PAC) 6-1, 7-6.