CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's tennis team split their weekend doubleheader on Saturday evening, pulling off a comeback 5-4 victory against No. 20 Brandeis College before losing to Azusa Pacific University 6-3.
Season Impact: The Sagehens finish the weekend with a 6-2 record overall.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Brandeis 5-4
The Sagehens got off to a rough start in their morning match against the Brandeis Judges, losing all three doubles matches. Kalyan Chadalavada and Jed Kronenberg dropped their No. 1 doubles match 8-4 and Marko Mandic and Josh Gearou lost their No. 2 doubles match 8-2. Jack Bernstein and Sam Gearou were close to salvaging a point in No. 3 doubles, but fell 8-6.
With their backs against the wall, the Sagehens managed to pull off an incredible comeback in the singles matches, none of which came easy. Octave Bellet battled through No. 2 singles and won his match 6-3 and 7-5 while Sam Malech managed to edge out his No. 4 singles battle over Rajan Vohra 7-6 (6) and 6-2. In No. 5 single, Jacob Schoenherr took down his opponent 7-5 and 6-4. Marko Mandic went three sets in his No. 3 single match, dropping the first set 6-4, but coming back with 6-1 and 6-4 sets to win. Kronenberg sealed the victory after a three-set duel in No. 1 single, losing the first set 6-4, but bouncing back with convincing 6-2 and 6-3 sets to win the match.
Azusa Pacific def. Pomona-Pitzer 6-3
Azusa Pacific proved to be a tough matchup in singles as the Cougars came back from a 2-1 deficit in doubles to seal their victory. The Sagehens got off to a strong start, winning two of their opening doubles matches. Although Chadalavada and Kronenberg lost their No. 1 doubles match 8-2, Avery Bicks and Octave Bellet took the No. 2 doubles match after a hard-fought 8-7 victory (7-2 in tiebreaker). Sam Gearou and Bernstein won their No. 3 doubles match 8-5 to give the Hens a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately, the Hens were nearly swept in singles as Schoenherr salvaged their lone point in No. 4 singles with a 6-4 and 6-3 win. Kronenberg (6-4, 0-6, 4-6), Bellet (6-1, 2-6, 2-6), Bernstein (3-6, 7-6, 2-6), and Quinn Hirsohn (3-6, 7-6, 4-6) were taken to three sets in their respective singles matches, but despite coming close, they couldn't steal the match as the Cougars worked their way back for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to La Jolla, California for the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships on Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4.