CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis Team are ready to serve up an exciting new season as they begin play this Saturday, February 9th with a home match against Cal Lutheran at 10:00 a.m. Following last season's second place finish in SCIAC play, the Sagehens are ready to compete again with a strong core of returners and several excited freshmen in the squad.
Last Season: The Sagehens finished runner-up in the SCIAC last season and took second in the SCIAC Tournament after losing to cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the final. Then-freshman Jed Kronenberg competed in the NCAA Individual Tournament and reached the quarterfinals.
Key Returners: Kronenberg will look to follow up his impressive freshman campaign, winning ITA Rookie of the Year and earning First Team All-SCIAC. He went 27-8 in singles and was ranked seventh in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Octave Bellet De Giacomoni earned Second Team All-SCIAC last season and will look to play at the No. 2 singles spot after going 14-10 in singles. The senior also went 9-11 in doubles last season. Another senior Josh Gearou is coming off a Second Team All-SCIAC campaign and went 15-11 in singles last season. Gearou also finished in the semifinal round in Pool A at the ITA West Regional this past fall. Josh's twin brother, Sam Gearou, will look to hold down the No. 5 spot in singles after going 12-4 last season. Despite having little exposure in his freshman season, Jack Bernstein (4-4 singles, 5-7 doubles) has put in work during the fall to show he can contribute in this upcoming season, winning Pool B in the ITA West Regional back in the fall. The Sagehens will also be counting on their reliable No. 6 singles player Jacob Schoenherr (13-9 in singles) for another impactful season. Other returnees such as Quinn Hirsohn (4-1 singles, 3-8 doubles), Avery Bicks (1-1 singles, 11-11 doubles), Joey Schwartz (4-2 singles), Parth Desai (2-0 singles, 3-0 doubles), Jonathan Miller, and Nathan Surrier will be counted on to contribute as well.
Schedule Watch: The Sagehens will have their first major non-conference match on the first day of the ITA Indoor Championship when they face No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday, February 22nd. There, they will also have the opportunity to compete against No. 3 University of Chicago, No. 4 Emory University, No. 9 Washington University-St. Louis, No. 10 Carnegie Mellon, No. 13 Whitman, and host No. 18 Case Western Reserve. The Sagehens will later co-host the Stag-Hen Invite with CMS on February 15th and 16th, with Pomona-Pitzer facing Swarthmore in Day one at 9:00 a.m. A big match awaits on Thursday, March 21 when the Sagehens host No. 5 Williams College at 9:00 a.m. and then No. 1 Middlebury College on Thursday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. The Sagehens will conclude the regular season with a Sixth Street Rivalry game as they host No. 6 CMS on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. They will compete in the SCIAC Tournament on Friday, May 3. The NCAA Tournament begins on Friday, May 10.