LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2018 All-SCIAC Teams on Friday, selecting four members of the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis Team onto the list. Freshman Jed Kronenberg was voted SCIAC Newcomer of the Year after an outstanding season in which he went 25-7 in singles action. He also was named 1st Team All-SCIAC, while his teammates Josh Gearou, Octave Bellet De Giacomoni, and Marko Mandic earned 2nd Team All-SCIAC honors.
Kronenberg is the first Sagehen in program history to earn SCIAC Newcomer of the Year. The freshman had a wildly successful debut, helping the Sagehens finish in second in the SCIAC regular season standings. He was runner-up in the ITA Division III West Region Tournament and also took second in the Ojai Valley Tournament.
Joshua Gearou took 2nd Team All-SCIAC after going 15-11 in singles, playing majority of his matches in no. 3 singles. Gearou held several notable victories this season, including a pair of 7-5 set victories over Gordon Barrows of Lewis and Clark College and a 6-4 and 7-6 win over Nate Eazor of then-no. 1 Middlebury College. He also made it to the quarterfinals of the Ojai Tournament in doubles alongside Kronenberg.
Octave Bellet went 14-11 in singles and has served as a valuable no. 2 and 3 singles player for the Sagehens this season. Having just transferred in from Irvine Valley College, Bellet transitioned well into the Division III scene with notable singles victories over Jordan Pitts of then-No. 15 Trinity University (Tx) and Jonathan Kroot of then-No. 10 Washington University in St. Louis.
Marko Mandic closed out his senior season on a high note, taking 2nd Team All-SCIAC with a 16-11 singles record this year. The senior thrived in the no. 4 spot in singles, overwhelming his opponents with his energy and powerful returns. He had his share of highlight victories, including a 6-2 and 6-3 win over then-No. 43 Charlie Pei of University of Chicago and a three-set thriller against Tyler Nh of then-No. 14 Brandeis.