CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis program will be kicking off their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference run on Friday, May 4 as they host Caltech at Pauley Tennis Complex at 3 p.m. The Sagehens finished the regular season with a 15-8 record overall and 6-1 in the SCIAC, improving from last season's third-place finish by one spot.
The Hens closed out the season on a high note, cruising to a dominant 9-0 victory over Chapman followed by an 8-1 win over Whittier. After Jed Kronenberg and Joshua Gearou competed at the Ojai Invitational this past weekend, the two are ready to rejoin the team and make a push for a conference title.
Kronenberg will likely lead the Hens in no. 1 singles, boasting a 25-6 record as the no. 2 player in the West Region. The freshman is coming off a runner-up finish at the Ojai Invite and had a stretch during March where he won eight consecutive singles matches. Joshua Gearou is currently ranked no. 23 in the West Region and boasts a 15-10 record in singles this season. The junior has developed into the team's no. 2 in singles play and finished in the round of 16 at the Ojai Invite.
Rounding out the men's team, Kalyan Chadalavada has served as a valuable doubles partner alongside Kronenberg and Octave Bellet throughout the season. Bellet could play in no. 2 or 3 singles, while Sam Malech will likely slot in the no. 4 or 5 singles spot after boasting a 13-8 in singles play. Malech had a strong stretch in which he won nine straight matches. Sam Gearou, Jacob Schoenherr, Marko Mandic, Jack Bernstein, and Avery Bicks are also strong candidates to play in the singles matches.
Their opening round opponent, the Caltech Beavers, has had a fairly impressive season with an 11-6 record overall and 5-2 in the SCIAC. Led by Varun Shanker, the Beavers last battled with the Sagehens to a tough 5-4 loss back on March 10. Shanker is currently 14-10 in singles and is 18-8 in doubles with James Wei.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will be facing Cal Lutheran on the other side of the bracket. The Stags are ranked fifth in the country and led the SCIAC with a 26-3 record and 7-0 in conference play. Should the Stags win their match with Cal Lutheran, the Stags will host the final round of the SCIAC Tournament. CMS last met with the Sagehens back on April 12 and won 9-0. Cal Lutheran went 5-13 overall and 3-4 in SCIAC play. The Kingsmen are led by Yahn Gawrit who amassed a 7-12 record in singles and 9-6 in doubles alongside Lucas Tilly.
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