Tigers split weekend in Hawai'i with 4-2 win

Photo by: Tony McDaniel
Photo by: Tony McDaniel

After a loss yesterday to Hawai'i, Pacific men's tennis (2-3) bounced back with a 4-2 victory over Hawai'i (3-4) on Sunday.

Pacific picked up wins at one, two, four and five singles to stop the match short of doubles play in the 4-3 win. Three of the Tigers' matches came down to tiebreakers. At no. 4 singles, junior Akram El Sallaly wrapped up his perfect weekend with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory to win his fourth-straight singles match. Junior Ross Watson won at No. 2 singles and junior Johnathan Lieu won at No. 5 singles. At No. 1 singles, freshman Philip Hjorth clinched the match for Pacific with a 7-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) win in his decisive match.

Sunday's victory was a sweet one for the Tigers after pushing each match in singles against Hawai'i to three sets, but only picking up a victory in one match. Pacific returns home in its next match on Saturday, Feb. 16 when it hosts a doubleheader at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center against UNLV and California. Action starts at 8:30 a.m. against UNLV in the first match of the day.


Singles play

1. Philip Hjorth (PAC) def. Andre Ilagan (UH) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)

2. Ross Watson (PAC) def. Lucas Labrunie (UH) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

3. Blaz Seric (UH) def. Tadiwa Chinamo (PAC) 6-3, 6-3

4. Akram El Sallaly (PAC) def. Asad Siyyid (UH) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

5. Johnathan Lieu (PAC) def. Tristan Martins (UH) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

6. Simon Telo Alves (UH) def. Josef Southcombe (PAC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3


Doubles play

1. Ross Watson/Philip Hjorth (PAC) vs. Andre Ilagan/Lucas Labrunie (UH) no result

2. Tadiwa Chinamo/Akram El Sallaly (PAC) vs. Blaz Seric/Simon Telo Alves (UH) no result

3. Johnathan Lieu/Josef Southcombe (PAC) vs. Asad Siyyid/Chia-Hua lu (UH) no result