STOCKTON, Calif. -- Day one of the Pacific Invitational saw mixed results for the Saint Mary's men's tennis team as Thomas Alexander Hunt advanced in singles to provide the highlight for a Gaels squad looking to close the fall out strong.
Hunt was one of three Gaels to score singles wins on Friday, but his continued a fall of strong play for the sophomore from New Zealand. A 6-3, 6-4 win over Fresno State's Adriaan DuToit in the Singles A division moved Hunt through to the second round, and he'll face UC Davis' Brett Bacharach on Saturday.
Joining Hunt with wins on Friday was freshman John Stormans. Stormans had to fight for his victory, defeating Sonoma State's Phil Holbrook 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 to advance in the Singles B division. The Washington native will face UC Davis' Kyle Miller on Saturday in the next round.
Saint Mary's sophomore James Markiewicz picked up a win in consolation singles action, defeating Sonoma State's Seth Hein 6-3, 6-2 to advance,
All three Saint Mary's doubles teams won their first match but fell in the second round. The teams of Hunt/Mathias Olsen and Markiewicz/Stormans each won tiebreakers in their first round matches to advance.
Action continues Saturday from Pacific with Hunt scheduled to face Bacharach at 11:30 a.m. Select matches from the tournament will be broadcast live by RadioTennis.com.