Pacific Men's Tennis: Tigers Finish Strong Over Cal Poly, Win 4-3
Junior Artem Gramma (Krivoj Roj, Ukraine) paired with sophomore Ivan Castro (Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil) to win the Tigers' first match at the No. 2 doubles position by topping Drew Jacobs and Robert Zacks 8-4. Senior Renan Delsin (Santa Cruz da Conceicao, Brazil) and junior Fernando Ristow (Curitaba, Brazil) secured the doubles point with their 8-6 win over Alexander Sonesson and Jordan Bridge at the No. 3 position.
The Mustangs fought back to take a 3-1 lead in singles play when Ristow, playing at the No. 3 position, provided the swing that helped fuel Pacific's comeback. After winning the first set against Bridge, 6-3, Ristow dropped the second set, 2-6, but was able to pull through and earn the Tigers' first singles win in set three 6-2. No. 87 Gramma's 6-4, 6-3 win over Matt Fawcett at the No. 1 position tied the match at 3-3, as the deciding set would follow in the No. 2 singles position.
Castro outlasted Jacobs in the first set tie-break, 7-6 (3), but dropped a close second set, 6-4. With the dual match riding on the final third set, the newcomer stepped up to the challenge and took the third set, 6-3 to improve his record to 4-2 overall, 2-1 against conference opponents.
"We played well in the doubles to get up 1-0," said Head Coach Matt Lucas. "I think that some guys were pretty exhausted from this weekend. We had a lot of tennis, a lot of driving this weekend and a lot of adversity, but we found a way to win. That's the sign of good team."
Pacific will conclude its month long road trip at the UNLV Tournament which runs March 5-7. The Tigers will face Marquette first on March 5 at 10 a.m. in Las Vegas, Nev.
PACIFIC MEN'S TENNIS
Pacific 4, Cal Poly 3
Monday, March 01, 2010
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - 11 a.m.
Doubles 1. Fawcett/Foy def. Paaro/Veskimagi, 8-4
2. Gramma/Castro def. Jacobs/Zacks, 8-4
3. Ristow/Delsin def. Sonesson/Bridge, 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 87 Artem Gramma def. Matt Fawcett, 6-4, 6-3
2. Ivan Castro def. Drew Jacobs, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3
3. Fernando Ristow def. Jordan Bridge, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
4. Alexander Sonesson def. Renan Delsin, 6-3, 6-3
5. Brian McPhee def. Karl-Erik Paaro, 6-2, 6-0
6. Robert Foy def. Vegerd Veskimagi, 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 3, 1, 2