Claremont, Calif. - The No. 10 ranked Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis team opened the 2013 season with a 6-3 loss to No. 15 Bates on Thursday evening.
Freshman Thomas Low (Charlotte, N.C.) won at both singles and doubles in his first collegiate match for the Sagehens, earning a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles and teaming with sophomore Connor Hudson (Denver, Colo.) for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles.
Senior Kevin Prescott (Chicago, Ill. - pictured) provided the other point for Pomona-Pitzer with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.
However, the Sagehens missed out on several other close battles. Junior Chris Wiechert (Eugene, Ore.) got off to a great start at No. 1 singles with a 6-1 win in the first set, but dropped the second 6-3 and fell to Robert Crampton in a third-set tiebreaker 7-4 (although the team match was already decided at that point).
Frankie Allinson (Waco, Texas) had a narrow 8-6 loss at No. 1 doubles with fellow senior Max Sabel (Sun Valley, Idaho) and fell 8-6 in the first set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles to Pierre Planche, before Planche took the second set 6-1. Hudson dropped the first set at No. 3 singles to Timmy Berg, bounced back to win the second 6-2, but Berg regrouped to win the decisive third set 6-2, which gave Bates its fifth point and sealed the match.
Pomona-Pitzer returns to action on March 6 for a home match against Mary Washington.
No. 15 Bates 6, No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer 3
1 - Robert Crampton/Matt Bettles (Bates) def. Max Sabel/Frankie Allinson 8-6
2 - Timmy Berg/Pierre Planche (Bates) def. Chris Wiechert/Kevin Wei 8-4
3 - Connor Hudson/Thomas Low (PP) def. Ben Bogard/Peter Yanofsky 8-4
1 - Robert Crampton (Bates) def. Chris Wiechert 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
2 - Matt Bettles (Bates) def. Max Sabel 6-2, 6-4
3 - Timmy Berg (Bates) def. Connor Hudson 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4 - Pierre Planche (Bates) def. Frankie Allinson 7-6 (6), 6-1
5 - Kevin Prescott (PP) def. Henry Lee 6-3, 6-1
6 - Thomas Low (PP) def. Dylan Reffe 6-4, 6-2