MORAGA, Calif. – The University of the Pacific men's tennis team took Saint Mary's the distance but fell, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon.
Pacific falls to 5-15 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while the Gaels improve to 4-14 on the season and 1-5 in conference.
The Tigers claimed the doubles point with Tadiwa Chinamo and Bernardo Oliveira defeating their opponents, Nash Vollenweider and Matis Bot, 6-1. Akram El Sallaly and John Horoz Garner claimed the point with a 6-3 victory over Damon Kesaris and Jacob Lagman.
In the singles competition, Saint Mary's claimed the first point in No. 1 singles to tie the match. No. 3 singles, Oliveira claimed the second point for the Tigers with two straight set victories over Matthew Campana, 6-1 and 6-3.
SMC claimed the next two points to take the lead in the match but Jonathan Lieu picked up the tying point in No. 5 singles. Lieu took the first set against Chambers Easterling, 6-1, before falling in the second set, 4-6. Lieu turned around and took the third set, 6-1, leaving it up to El Sallaly in No. 4 singles.
El Sallaly and opponent Bot made it a showdown, as both sets went into tie breakers with El Sallaly coming up short. Bot clinched the match for the Gaels with two 7-6 decisions, to take the match, 4-3, over Pacific.
The Orange and Black have three matches left on the regular season with road trips to Gonzaga on Friday, April 13 and Portland on Sunday, April 15, before returning home to host the University of San Diego on Saturday, April 21.