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Men's Tennis Falls at Pacific



STOCKTON, Calif. The DePaul men’s tennis team suffered a close 4-3 loss to Pacific on Thursday.  The Blue Demons won the doubles point, but the Tigers rallied with four wins in singles play at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.

The top doubles match saw junior Austin Doerner and sophomore Alasdair Graetz improve their No. 1 record to 5-1 with an 8-5 win over Moritz Starke and Artem Gramma.  Freshman Ben Hartman and junior Jose Moncada came through with an 8-6 victory over Renan Delsin and Austin Kakar at No. 3 doubles.

The Blue Demons defeated the Tigers in the No. 3 and No. 6 singles matches.  Sophomore Vanja Grgec earned a three-set, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-1, win over Gramma in the No. 3 spot, while freshman Bartosz Jozwiak posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Chase Oliphant at No. 6 singles.

Pacific (7-7) evened the score with victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles, which placed the deciding point on the No. 5 match.  Vegerd Veskimagi gave the Tigers the win as he edged Hartman in a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 match.

DePaul (11-7, 2-0 BIG EAST) travels to Fresno, California on Friday for a 4 p.m. (CST) neutral-court dual with UC Davis.  The Blue Demons conclude their west coast trip on Saturday when they challenge Fresno State.

Pacific 4, DePaul 3

Doubles
No. 1 - Doerner/Graetz (DePaul) def. Moritz Starke / Artem Gramma (Pacific), 8-5
No. 2 - Gonzalez/Veskimagi (Pacific) def. Grgec/Jozwiak (DePaul), 8-6
No. 3 - Hartman/Moncada (DePaul) def. Delsin/Kakar (Pacific), 8-6

Singles
No. 1 - Moritz Starke (Pacific) def. Austin Doerner (DePaul), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 - David Gonzalez (Pacific) def. Jose Moncada (DePaul), 6-1, 7-6(4)
No. 3 - Vanja Grgec (DePaul) def. Artem Gramma (Pacific), 6-7(7), 6-4, 3-1 (ret.)
No. 4 - Renan Delsin (Pacific) def. Alasdair Graetz (DePaul), 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 - Vegerd Veskimagi (Pacific) def. Ben Hartman (DePaul), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
No. 6 - Bartosz Jozwiak (DePaul) def. Chase Oliphant (Pacific), 6-4, 6-4