CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's tennis program bounced back from yesterday's tough loss to Arizona Christian with back-to-back victories over Caltech and Cypress College in the Saturday doubleheader. The Sagehens went on the road to face their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match against the Beavers in Pasadena before heading back home to Pauley Tennis Complex to battle the Chargers. The Hens won both matches 5-4.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Caltech 5-4
The Sagehens got off to a hot start in doubles as Josh Gearou and Marko Mandic combined for an easy 8-1 victory in their No. 2 doubles match. Kalyan Chadalavada and Jed Kronenberg followed up with a tight 8-6 win in No. 1 doubles, but Caltech stole a point after Kevin Yu and Connor Soohoo battled out a tiebreaker against Jack Bernstein and Sam Malech 7-4.
The Beavers looked to battle back in the singles competition as Derik Nguyen, James Wei, and Miha Valencic took the No. 3, 4, and 5 singles, respectively. Kronenberg and Gearou won their No. 1 and 2 singles matches easily, and with the match tied at four apiece, the fate of the match rested on Sam Gearou at No. 6 singles. After splitting the first two sets, Sam managed to prevail with a 6-3 win in the final set.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Cypress College 5-4
After heading back home from a tough road victory, the Sagehens were ready to do battle against the Chargers. However, the Chargers quickly took the No. 2 and 3 doubles match to build a 2-0 lead. Marko Mandic and Josh Gearou kept their doubles winning streak alive with an 8-6 win in No. 1 doubles, salvaging a point for the Sagehens.
Josh Gearou concluded his undefeated Saturday with a win in No. 1 singles against Alex Hagon (6-4, 6-3) as did Quinn Hirsohn in No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-3). Mandic battled through a close second set to win No. 3 singles and give the Sagehens a 4-2 lead. Jonathon Miller battled it out in a tough three-set thriller against Gertjan De Wilder, but dropped the No. 6 singles match (7-5, 5-7, 6-0). Octave Bellet sealed the victory with a 6-4 and 7-5 win in No. 2 singles. The night ended on a bittersweet note as Jack Bernstein couldn't edge out Ingmar Remmerswaal in three sets (7-6, 5-7, 3-6).
Up Next: The Sagehens will host Bates College on Thursday, February 22 at 4 p.m.