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May 5, 2012

Men's Tennis Comes Up Just Short In SCIAC Title Match

Redlands, Calif. – Senior Tommy Meyer (Bernville, Pa.) won at both singles and doubles, but it wasn't quite enough as second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer fell 6-3 to top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the SCIAC Championship on Saturday at Redlands.

The ninth-ranked Sagehens dropped pivotal tiebreakers at No. 3 doubles and No. 5 singles which swung the close match in the favor of the fifth-ranked Stags, which was undefeated in the SCIAC in both the regular season and postseason.

Meyer (pictured right) and fellow senior Uday Singh (Beverly Hills, Calif. - pictured left) completed a dominant run in doubles through the SCIAC Tournament. After picking up 8-0 wins in the quarterfinals against Occidental and the semifinals against Cal Lutheran, the duo won 8-2 at No. 2 over CMS.

However, the Stags won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, and then their team of Neel Kotrappa and Brandon Wei outlasted Chris Wiechert and Alex Groth 9-8 in a tiebreaker (winning the tiebreaker 7-2) to win at No. 3 and give CMS a 2-1 lead heading into singles.

In the regular season match, the Sagehens led the Stags 2-1 after doubles, but CMS swept all six singles lines, with only Wiechert winning a set for Pomona-Pitzer. This time, though, Pomona-Pitzer performed much better, as Meyer, Weichert and junior Frankie Allinson all won their first sets at 1, 2 and 5 to give the Sagehens a chance.

All three matches went to a third set, though, as the Sagehens lost terrific chances to win at all three lines, while the Stags picked up two-set wins at No. 3 and No. 4 to take a 4-1 lead. Meyer was up a break late in the set, but ended up falling to Warren Wood 7-4 in a tiebreaker. Wiechert was up 5-2 to Alex Lane, but dropped the next five games in a row to see his match level at a set apiece. Allinson was up 5-4 and 40-0, before Alex Johnson rallied back to pull even and take a 7-5 win in the tiebreaker.

Wiechert regrouped for a dominant third set win over Lane (6-1), while Meyer came back from down a break early in the third set to storm back for a 6-4 win over Wood. However, Johnson was able to keep the momentum going from his comeback and take a 6-2 win in the third set over Allinson for the clinching win. The No. 6 singles match began later (due to only five available courts), and Mac Cahill earned a 7-5, 6-3 win to make it a 6-3 final with the team victory already in hand.  

Despite the defeat, the Sagehens are in good shape for an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, especially after defeating No. 7 Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC semifinals. Pomona-Pitzer also has a win earlier this season against No. 6 UC Santa Cruz and several wins over nationally ranked teams from out of the region.


#5 CMS 6, #9 Pomona-Pitzer 3 (SCIAC Championship)

Doubles
1 - Alex Lane/Robert Erani (CMS) def. Max Sabel/Frankie Allison 8-3
2 - Tommy Meyer/Uday Singh (PP) def. Warren Wood/Nik Marino 8-2
3 - Neel Kotrappa/Brandon Wei (CMS) def. Alex Groth/Chris Wiechert 9-8 (7-2)

Singles
1 - Tommy Meyer (PP) def. Warren Wood 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4
2 - Chris Wiechert (PP) def. Alex Lane 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
3 - Robert Erani (CMS) def. Max Sabel 6-3, 6-3
4 - Nik Marino (CMS) def. Connor Hudson 6-3, 6-3
5 - Alex Johnson (CMS) def. Frankie Allinson 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
6 - Mac Cahill (CMS) def. Kevin Prescott 7-5, 6-3