Tigers Take Care Of Pilots

Miguel Diaz
Miguel Diaz

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's tennis team handed No. 43 Portland their first West Coast Conference loss and second loss of the season Friday afternoon at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.  The Tigers overthrew the Pilots, 4-3 in a gripping back and forth contest.

Portland took the doubles point with Mathieu Garcia and Pierre Garcia taking down Bernardo Oliveira and Lance Ngo, 6-0 to get an early start.  In second doubles, Alex Giannini and Miguel Diaz took care of Jamie Fisher and Alex Wallace, 6-4 to even the score.  

The doubles point came down to the match on court one.  Tadiwa Chinamo and Akram El Sallaly battled back and forth with Mike Pervolarakis and Carlos Donat but lost the fight 7-5 to give the Pilots the doubles point.

In singles action, the Tigers won five of their six first sets over the Pilots.  Oliveira quickly defeated Goutham Sundaram, 6-0, 6-3 to even the match 1-1.  Ross Watson then fell to Wallace 6-2, 6-4 to give the lead back to Portland.

At first singles, Diaz never trailed has he took down No. 124 Pervolarakis in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 and knotted the score two all.  Following Diaz's win, Giannini overpowered Mathieu Garcia, 7-6(5), 6-3 to give the Tigers their first lead of the afternoon.  

The Pilots evened the score at three when Donat took down El Sallaly in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.  

The match came down to the meeting of Chinamo and Pierre Garcia.  Chinamo took the first set with 6-4, but Garcia came back to tie the match up at one set with a 6-4 win.  Chinamo took control in the third set and sealed the victory for Pacific as he dismissed Garcia 6-3 for his third straight singles win.   

The Tigers improve to 3-5 in the WCC and 9-14 overall, while Portland is now 5-1 in WCC play and 15-2 overall.  

The Black and Orange continue their homestand tomorrow against Gonzaga with a 12 p.m. first serve. Livestats will be available on Pacifictigers.com.