Outnumbered Tigers Fall in Utah

Johnathan Lieu
Johnathan Lieu

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's tennis team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Utes Saturday afternoon, but fell, 7-0. Conceding two singles points and a doubles match, the Tigers were only able to travel four players due to illness.

The loss drops Pacific to 1-5 overall and the Utes improve to 6-1 .

In doubles, after starting down 1-0, Mikayel Khachatryan and Johnathon Lieu dropped their match, 6-1, giving Utah the 1-0 advantage.

In singles, Khachatryan got his first start at No. 1 singles but fell in his first match 6-0 before facing a competitive match in the second set but he fell, 7-5. Lieu, at No. 2 singles lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, while Nathan Hampton also fell in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.

John Horoz Garner received his first singles start as a Tiger playing at No. 3 singles, but was disarmed, 6-1, 6-4.

Head Coach Ryan Redondo's Thoughts
Being in the situation we have been in with all the illnesses and seeing only four Tigers travel to Utah is definitely not ideal, but, I know this experience was valuable for each guy and for Pacific tennis. This is all adding to the character and toughness we will all have as the squad regains health and we can start again as a full unit.

For only his 3rd match in college tennis, Mikayel getting promoted up to No.1 I was encouraged by glimpses of a great competitor. He will need to do that day in and day out as the season goes on.

John Horoz Garner (Zeki) and Nathan also showed a lot of promise at #2 doubles. And, see if Zeki play singles for the first time was great. He was up and down, but when we get his ups more consistent, he is going to be a tough competitor to compete with.

Up Next
The Orange and Black are welcomed back to the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center this week with a rematch with the Fresno State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m.followed by a Friday matinee against New Mexico also at 12:30 p.m.

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