Pacific men's tennis (4-11, 1-1 WCC) got back in the win column today with a 4-1 win over San Francisco (3-8, 0-2 WCC) at the Even Zimmerman Tennis Center on Sunday. The win snapped a five-match skid for the Tigers.
Pacific got going early with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to snatch the point from the Dons. Juniors Akram El Sallaly and Tadiwa Chinamo continued a run of strong performance by winning their third-straight match in doubles, 6-4 over Oz Daniel and Paul Griaud, 6-4. The two were the West Coast Conference Doubles Team of the Week last week and are candidates to repeat again this week. At No. 2 doubles, Junior Ross Watson and sophomore Philip Hjorth won their match 6-3 over Phuc Huynh and Ryan Marker, 6-3.
In singles, Pacific kept rolling. Chinamo picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win in No. 3 singles to make it 2-0. San Francisco pulled a point back at No. 6 singles, but the Tigers won matches on courts two and four to clinch the match. At No. 2 singles, Hjorth defeated Nitzan Ricklis, 6-3, 6-4 and El Sallaly won by the same margin in his match at No. 4 singles over Huynh.
Pacific is back in action next weekend with two road matches at Pepperdine on Friday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
1. Ross Watson (PAC) vs. Ryan Marker (USF) 4-6, 6-1, 1-3, unfinished
2. Philip Hjorth (PAC) def. Nitzan Ricklis (USF) 6-3, 6-4
3. Tadiwa Chinamo (PAC) def. Paul Girard (USF) 6-3, 6-1
4. Akram El Sallaly (PAC) def. Phuc Huynh (USF) 6-3, 6-4
5. Nathan Hampton (PAC) vs. Romeo Midtgaard Jivr (USF) 7-6, 3-4, unfinished
6. Oz Daniel (USF) def. John Horoz Garner (PAC) 6-3, 6-3