CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis Team pulled off a thrilling comeback against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Saturday afternoon, chipping away from a 3-0 deficit to win 6-3. The Pioneers took control early of the match, winning all three doubles matches, but the Sagehens battled back in singles by winning all six matches to clinch the victory.
Season Impact: The victory improves the Sagehens' record to 13-7 overall.
Kalyan Chadalavada and Octave Bellet got in a tightly contested battle in No. 1 doubles against Brenden and Gordon Barrows, tying at 8-8 and heading to tiebreakers. Unfortunately the Barrows twins edged out the Sagehens 10-8 in the tiebreaker to win the match. In No. 2 doubles, Avery Bicks and Marko Mandic fell to Jackson Powell and Pim Trouerbach 8-5. Sam and Josh Gearou paired up in no. 3 doubles and took a tough 8-6 loss to Raed Attia and Kei Inoue.
Sam Malech sparked the comeback with a dominating win in no. 5 singles over Brenden Barrows with two 6-1 sets. Sam Gearou followed with a 6-1 and 6-2 win in no. 6 singles over Keane Hindle and Jed Kronenberg tied the match with a pair of 6-1 sets in no. 1 to defeat Powell. Bellet took down Attia in no. 2 with a 6-2 and 6-4 win to give Pomona-Pitzer the lead and Josh Gearou made it 5-3 after winning no. 3 singles over Gardon Barrows with a pair of close 7-5 sets. Mandic closed the match with a 6-3 and 7-6 (1) win in no. 4 singles over Inoue.
Up Next: The Sagehens will head across the street to take on rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m.