CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis Team overcame the hot weather and a resilient Caltech team to advance to the final round of the SCIAC Tournament after a 5-1 victory. The Sagehens edged out the Beavers with a tight 2-1 advantage in a testy doubles round and pulled through in singles thanks to victories by Jed Kronenberg, Quinn Hirsohn, and Octave Bellet.
"They did a great job battling through today, especially with the hot weather," said Head Coach Steve Bickham. "Quinn came through in the no. 6 and did a great job. Jed has continued to maintain his impressive season. The boys haven't played a match as a team for a few weeks, but they didn't look rusty."
The Sagehens did not get the start they wanted as Jed Kronenberg and Joshua Gearou fell to Varun Shanker and James Wei in no. 1 doubles 8-5. However, Kalyan Chadalvada and Avery Bicks tied the match up after winning no. 2 doubles over Zixiao Li and Derik Nguyen 8-5. It came down to the wire as Marko Mandic and Octave Bellet battled with Kevin Yu and Miha Valencic in no. 3 doubles. Tied at 8-8, Mandic and Bellet managed to edge out the Caltech duo in tiebreakers to give the Hens a 2-1 lead.
Kronenberg handled his business in no. 1 singles, taking down Shanker 6-2 and 6-1. Hirsohn followed in no. 6 singles with a 6-0 and 6-2 win over Connor Soohoo. Bellet clinched the match after taking down James Wei in no. 2 singles with a pair of 6-4 sets. The match set the Sagehens up for a SCIAC Final showdown against cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
"The biggest thing for us against CMS is believing we can win," said Coach Bickham. "We need to come out and match their energy. The guys have to come out and believe."
Up Next: The Sagehens will head across the street for the SCIAC Final as they face CMS at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center at 1 p.m.