CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's tennis team almost came back against NAIA Arizona Christian, but fell by a narrow margin 5-4. After getting swept in doubles, the Sagehens battled back in singles, clawing back win by win, but the Phoenix secured two wins in singles to claim the victory.
"I was really proud of how the guys fought back and battled after a very disappointing doubles performance," said Head Coach Steve Bickham. "I felt that both freshmen Jed and Joey had great performances."
Season Impact: The Sagehens get hit with their first loss of the season and drop to 2-1 while the Phoenix improve to 1-1.
Jed Kronenberg and Kalyan Chadalavada paired up as the No. 1 double and fell to Jesse Miritello and Enzo Doullac 8-3. Octave Bellet and Marko Mandic fell in the No. 2 double to Scott Wheeler and Daniel Superlano 8-6. All eyes were on the final doubles match as the Sagehens cheered on Jacob Schoenherr and Quinn Hirsohn to salvage a doubles point. The pair took Marcelo Balderrama and Santiago Galeffi to tiebreaker, but they fell 7-2 in the final point to lose 9-8.
Trailing 3-0, the Hens tried to make their climb back up. However, Bellet lost his No. 2 singles match with a pair of 6-1 sets, giving the Phoenix a 4-0 lead. Sam Gearou took Wheeler to three sets in No. 5 singles and prevailed (6-2, 7-5, 6-2) while Joey Schwartz followed with a comeback victory to take No. 6 singles (3-6, 6-3, 6-3). Kronenberg got his redemption in No. 1 singles, taking down Alberto Lapiedra in a final tiebreaking set 7-1 (5-7, 6-1, 7-6). However, the Phoenix sealed the match after Superlano took down Sam Malech in three close sets that could have gone either direction (6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5). Jacob Schoenherr closed out the night on a positive note for the Sagehens, winning his No. 4 singles match against Balderrama (6-1, 4-6, 6-4).
Up Next: The Sagehens will hit the road tomorrow to face Caltech for their second SCIAC match of the season at 10 a.m. They will follow up with a home game on the same day against Cypress College at 3 p.m.