CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis Team saw their season come to an end in the SCIAC Final on Saturday afternoon, taking a 5-1 loss to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags. The Sagehens salvaged one point in the doubles round, but dropped three matches in singles as the Stags clinched the SCIAC Final.
"I was really proud of how the guys competed," said Head Coach Steve Bickham. "They put everything out there and gave it their all and that is all a coach can ask for. We gave ourselves a chance with the one doubles point and if we could have pulled out a couple of those opportunities, we might have been able to sneak out a victory."
Over in no. 3 doubles, Octave Bellet and Marko Mandic fell to Daniel Park and Robert Liu 8-3. Kalyan Chadalavada and Avery Bicks played to a tight 9-7 win in no. 2 doubles over Jack Katzman and Oscar Burney to tie the match 1-1, but Jed Kronenberg and Joshua Gearou fell 8-6 to Julian Gordy and Nikolai Parodi in no. 1 doubles to end the doubles round.
In singles, Mandic lost to Gordy 6-2 and 6-3 in no. 4 singles and Katzman followed with a 6-1, 7-6 victory in no. 3 singles. The Stags clinched the match after Avinash Vemuri defeated Jacob Schoenherr with a pair of 6-3 sets.
The Sagehens will await the NCAA's decision for an at-large bid into the National Championship on Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m. PDT