Pacific men's tennis (3-8) opened a three-match road trip today against a tough Cal (5-5) team that entered the day coming off of back-to-back wins in matches against Arizona and Arizona State.
Pacific lost the doubles point with losses at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, but fought in singles. Losses on courts one, three and five for the Tigers clinched the match for Cal. The clincher came at No. 1 singles where senior Ross Watson fell 6-4, 6-3. The Tigers lost the first set in all six singles matches, but were building to force third sets in a few matches including at No. 2 singles where freshman Philip Hjorth lost a first set, 6-4, but was tied 3-3 in the second at the completion of the match. At No. 6 singles, freshman Josef Southcombe lost 6-0 in the first set but put up a fight in the second, he was down 5-4 when the match came to an end.
Pacific is back in action on Wednesday when the Tigers take on Boise State in the last non-conference match of the season prior to the start of West Coast Conference play on Friday at BYU.
|1. #33 Paul Barretto/Can Kaya (CAL) def. Ross Watson/Philip Hjorth (PAC) 6-1|
|2. Jack Molloy/Mert Zincirli (CAL) def. Tadiwa Chinamo/Akram El Sallaly (PAC) 6-0|
|3. Yuta Kikuchi/Ben Draper (CAL) vs. Josef Southcombe/John Horoz Garner (PAC) 4-3, unfinished|
|1. Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) def. Ross Watson (PAC) 6-4, 6-3|
|2. Jack Molloy (CAL) vs. Philip Hjorth (PAC) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished|
|3. Paul Barretto (CAL) def. Akram El Sallaly (PAC) 6-1, 6-3|
|4. Bjorn Hoffmann (CAL) vs. Tadiwa Chinamo (PAC) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished|
|5. Ben Draper (CAL) def. Johnathan Lieu (PAC) 6-3, 6-2|
|6. Mert Zincirli (CAL) vs. Josef Southcombe (PAC) 6-0, 5-4, unfinished|