Pacific men's tennis wraps up the regular season on Saturday with its final match at No. 30 San Diego.
The Tigers are coming off of a big weekend in which the team won both of its matches to move to 3-5 on the West Coast Conference season and climb to seventh in the league. Pacific has an opportunity to wrap up the season on a huge high note with an upset of a nationally-ranked team.
The Tigers got wins over Gonzaga and Portland last weekend behind strong team performances. On Friday against Gonzaga, the Tigers took the doubles point thanks in part to an upset of a nationally-ranked duo from Gonzaga by juniors Tadiwa Chinamo and Akram El Sallaly. In singles, the Tigers needed a third-set tiebreaker win from Josef Southcombe to wrap up the match. On Sunday, the Tigers dropped the doubles point but rattled off four-straight wins over Portland in singles to win 4-1.
For the Tigers, there are some individual feats on the line for the weekend. Chinamo can wrap up the season with an eight-match win-streak with a victory on Saturday. That would lock him in at 12-6 in singles this season. A singles win for El Sallaly will get him to the 10-win mark on the year.
In doubles, Chinamo and El Sallaly will finish at least .500 despite the result of Saturday's match but could move to 8-6 on the season as a duo. Junior Ross Watson and freshman Philip Hjorth both also have the chance to finish above .500. They're at 6-6 on the season currently.
MATCH DAY INFO
Pacific at #30 San Diego
Date: Saturday, April 20 | 1 p.m.
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Venue: Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center
Weather: Partly cloudy | high of 65, low of 57
Live stats: http://sidearmstats.com/usandiego/mten/xlive.htm
Scouting the Toreros
San Diego was picked as the preseason favorite to win the West Coast Conference and have lived up to that billing so far this season with a 17-4 record and a 7-1 record in the WCC. Since Feb. 27, the Toreros have won 11 of their 12 matches and pulled off wins over ranked teams in Oklahoma State, Princeton and Tulane. The lone loss in the stretch came to no. 42 BYU on March 30.
In singles, Gui Osorio is ranked 55th in the nation. He's gone 17-3 in singles play and has won 11 matches in a row. The majority of his time has been spent on court two where he is 10-2. David Norfeldt has won four matches in a row. He is 11-4 on the dual match season. Joel Gamerov is 10-5 on the year and August Holmgren is 11-6 on the year.
In doubles, Gamerov and Holmgren are ranked 62nd in the nation and are 8-5 in the dual match season. Osorio and Nico Borter are 13-6 together in doubles this year and are riding a three-match win streak. Norfeldt and Guus Koevermans are also playing well. They're 10-3 on court two and are 12-3 overall in dual matches this year.