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February 26, 2012

Trinity Edges Pomona-Pitzer In Fifth-Place Match At ITA Nationals

St. Peter, Minn. - Tommy Meyer and Chris Wiechert won at the top two singles positions, but No. 10 Trinity (Texas) took a 6-3 decision over No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer late Saturday evening in the fifth-place match of the ITA Indoor Nationals at Gustavus Adolphus.

The loss drops the Sagehens to 1-3 on the season, although they have played a difficult early-season schedule with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 nationally (Kenyon and Trinity in Division III, Azusa Pacific in NAIA). Trinity improves to 4-3 with the win.

Meyer (pictured) had the most convincing win of the singles competition, as he rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Wiechert also earned a straight-set win at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The match came down to No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots, which all went three sets and all three went Trinity's way (although Connor Hudson's match at No. 6 was stopped at 3-1 in the third set once the other two matches were completed).

Frankie Allinson bounced back from an opening set tiebreaker defeat at No. 5 with a 6-3 win in the second set, but fell in the decisive third set to Jordan Mayer of Trinity, which ended the match.

Allinson and Max Sabel combined on the Sagehens' lone win in the doubles competition at No. 2, as they defeated Mayer and Greg Haugen 8-5.