Pacific men's tennis hits the road this weekend for a set of matches with Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount on Friday and Saturday. Pacific is coming off of a 4-2 with at home over San Francisco on Sunday, the first West Coast Conference win of the season for the Tigers and their first in five matches.
On a more individual level, juniors Tadiwa Chinamo and Akram El Sallaly won their third-straight match and their fifth in their last six tries on the way to their second-straight WCC Doubles Team of the Week honors. Their title was the first back-to-back honor for the Tigers in doubles since the Conference began awarding weekly tennis awards. It was the fourth honor of their career. This season, they are 6-1 together and 3-0 in the top spot.
In singles, Chinamo has won three-straight matches at No. 3 singles to get himself back to .500 at the spot. He's 7-6 overall in dual matches. El Sallaly is 8-6 in dual matches and is 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Freshman Philip Hjorth has won two-straight matches and has himself up to 5-4 in singles play on court two.
Scouting the Waves
Pepperdine is 6-8 this year but have won three of their last four matches including wins over Washington and Wisconsin. Their sole loss in the stretch came in their WCC opener against LMU at home, 4-3.
Individually, the Waves have been led by Enrique Luque Rico, who is 9-4 at No. 2 singles this year; it is one of just two spots in singles in which the Waves have winning records. At no. 4 singles, Matias Sborowitz and Time Zeitvogel have combined to go 8-6. Sborowitz has won four-straight matches while Zeitvogel and Corrado Summaria have both won three-straight matches.
In doubles, the Waves have combined to go 12-17.
Scouting the Lions
LMU is just 3-10 so far this year, but they've played a really tough schedule with matches against UCLA, Nebraska, TCU, SMU, UNC-Wilmington and Oregon. LMU has won just one of its last six matches.
In singles, the Lions are led by Lukas Moenter, who is 86th in the nation. He is 3-6 this season in singles. No Lions have a winning record, but Nick Borchenko is 3-3 this year at No. 2 singles.
In doubles, Borchenko and Diego Nava are ranked 40th in the nation. They're 5-1 together. Moenter and Thien Nguyen are 6-1 on the season and have won three straight matches in doubles.