Men’s Tennis Wraps Up UCSB Classic

Akram El Sallaly
Akram El Sallaly

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Pacific men's tennis teamed capped off the UCSB Classic with multiple wins on Sunday afternoon.

Doubles started off the third and final day as Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira won their consolation final match over the California pair of Paul and Dominic Barretto, 8-6. Ross Watson and Simon Solbas fell to a strong Washington duo, 8-1, while Nathan Hampton and Daniel Orlita, also competing in their respective bracket consolation final, defaulted their match which gave another pair from California 5th place.

In singles, El Sallaly battled for 13th place in the Flight A singles bracket as he defeated Jeremy Moser from Fresno State in a thrilling three-set match, 6-0, 6-7, 6-2, while Watson also received 13th place in Flight B singles after winning his Sunday match, 6-4, 6-3.

In Flight C singles, Oliveira battled his way in the consolation bracket to capture 9th place over California's Jackson Suh, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(10). Solbas, competing in the same bracket, dropped his final match of the weekend to Matis Bot, 6-1, 6-1.

Hampton grabbed fifth place in Flight D singles after taking care of Brian Lee of Saint Mary's in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2.

Orlita defaulted his match on Sunday.

"I am very happy with the mental toughness of the guys this weekend," assistant coach Daniel Llarenas said. "They really showed the tough skill of detaching from the future and represented their values in the present moment."

The conclusion of the UCSB Classic marks the half-way point of the fall season for the men's tennis team as they will take a week off before gearing up to host back-to-back tournaments at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

First, the Tigers host the ITA Northwest Regionals from Thursday, October 19 through Monday, October 23 followed by the Pacific Tiger Invitational from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29.

Information on both tournaments will become available in the coming weeks.

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