CHATTANOOGA, TN — The No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis team's season came to end on the opening day of the NCAA Tournament. Jake Yasgoor fell in his opening match of singles play and Antony Bello and Spencer Simonides fell in doubles play.
All three of the Sagehens are seniors.
"I am very proud of how the guys competed today," said Head Coach Steve Bickham. "It is always tough finishing your last college tennis match, but I could have asked for a better effort from all three of these guys. Jake had a tough draw, playing the first seed in the first round, but he was able to push him in the second set and almost got the match into the third. Bello and Spencer were a few points away as well and lost in two tough tie-breakers."
Yasgoor drew a tough opponent in the the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 1 seed Lubormir Cuba of Middlebury. Yasgoor fell in the first set 6-2 and fought back in the second set, but dropped the set 7-5.
Yasgoor finishes his career with several accolades including a singles All-American, ITA West Region Senior Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-SCIAC. Yasgoor was also named ITA West Region Rookie of the year during his freshman season.
Bello and Simonides played a tough doubles match against Justin Ancona and Matt Steiner from Wheaton in the opening round of the tournament. The pair battled the entire match, tying at 5-5 in both sets before falling 7-6, 7-6.
"Losing the three of these guys, plus Graham Maassen and Josh Kim, will be a huge loss for the program next year," said Bickham. "The have all been here since I arrived four years ago and their efforts have helped to propel us to one of the top Division III tennis programs in the nation. They will be sorely missed in the years to come."
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