Pacific men's tennis picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles but fell to UC Irvine on Friday, 4-2.
Irvine took straight-set wins in each of the matches they won in singles after starting the day with the doubles point in hand by winning all three matches to see off the Tigers.
"Congratulations to Irvine for the win," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "I thought this was a really poor match from us from the start. We started slowly in doubles and had several opportunities to jump on them, but just didn't sustain our level. We've shown that we can play at a very high level and did not do that today. As a coach, this loss stings and in that regard, it's concerning."
At no. 1 singles, junior Ross Watson won his third-straight in singles matches and his first an No. 1 singles on the season as he improved to 1-1. He picked up an easy straight sets win, 6-4, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, freshman Philip Hjorth remained perfect on the season as he moved to 2-0 in the two spot with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. He is 4-3 on the season in singles matches.
The loss was Pacific's second-straight but that can all change on Sunday when the Tigers take on New Mexico in Albuquerque.
1. Ross Watson (PAC) def. Sasha Krasnov (UCI) 6-4, 6-1
2. Philip Hjorth (PAC) def. Luis Lopez (UCI) 6-3, 6-4
3. Mateusz Smolicki (UCI) def. Tadiwa Chinamo (PAC) 7-6 (4-0), 6-4
4. Mason Hansen (UCI) vs. Akram El Sallaly (PAC) unfinished
5. Daniel Gealer (UCI) def. Johnathan Lieu (PAC) 7-5, 6-2
6. Aaron Bailey (UCI) def. Josef Southcombe (PAC) 6-1, 6-4