CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis team fell in a close match to No. 5 Washington University of St. Louis 5-4 on Wednesday morning at the Pauley Tennis Complex.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens take fourth place in the Stag-Hen Tournament and drop to 11-6 overall and Washington University of St. Louis improves to 5-3 overall.
The Sagehens began the day falling behind on doubles as they dropped two out of the three matches to Wash U. Pomona-Pitzer came out and got the first win of the match as the team of seniors Graham Maassen and Jake Yasgoor got a win at the No. 3 doubles by the score of 8-1.
The Bears then took the next two matches as seniors Antony Bello and Spencer Simonides fell in their match at the No. 1 spot in a breaker 9-8 (4) and the team of sophomores Josh Gearou and Sam Gearou lost 8-2 in the No. 3 doubles spot.
After falling behind during doubles, the Sagehens regrouped and took two early singles match as Yasgoor finished off his opponent at No. 1, 6-2, 6-3 and Bello won his match at the No. 3 singles spot, 6-2, 6-2.
Wash U went on to win the next two singles matches as Maassen fell in the No. 2 position 6-4 and 7-5 and freshman Quinn Hirsohn ended his match in the No. 6 singles with a loss by the scores of 6-4, 6-4.
The Sagehens needed a win to stay alive and got one off of the racket of Marko Mandic as he came back after dropping the first set 4-6 and won the second set 6-3 and finished off his opponent to keep the Sagehens alive with a 6-1 victory.
The Bears went on to clinch the match in the No. 5 singles position as Josh Gearou lost a hard fought match as he won the first set 6-4 but Wash U came back to win the second set 6-1 and took the match with a 6-3 win in the third set.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent Sewanee on Tuesday, March 21t at 4:00 p.m.