Ventura has made most of the early inroads. Almeida and Steensland, at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, dominated their first sets, 6-0. Rigobello and Preston, at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, edged their first sets, 6-4. And Hassan Abbas, at No. 1 singles, swung momentum by winning his first set, 6-4.
Abbas fell to his opponent, Nico Ernst, when the two teams met in March. So that's a good sign for the Pirates.
Almeida and Steensland are also cruising in their second sets, so Ventura is due to take an early 2-0 lead.
Serve is held in almost all the first couple games. Only Ventura's Ben Steensland, at No. 6 singles, has taken an early edge, leading 3-0 in his first set.
Abbas, at No. 1 singles, is even, 1-1. Muster, at No. 2 singles, is ahead 2-1. Rigobello, at No. 3 singles, is down, 3-2. Preston, at No. 4 singles, is head 3-2.