April 5, 2013

Sagehens Have Strong Showing In 7-2 Win Over Gustavus Adolphus

Claremont, Calif. - The No. 24-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis team swept three tight doubles matches and captured a 7-2 win over No. 17 Gustavus Adolphus on Friday on Friday afternoon at Pauley Tennis Complex.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 6-12 on the year (with 16 of its 18 opponents nationally ranked). Gustavus Adolphus slips to 14-8 with the loss.

Senior Max Sabel (Sun Valley, Idaho - pictured) teamed with senior Frankie Allinson (McGregor, Texas) for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, battling back from down a break, and then took a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles for the clinching point. Sabel led 5-2 before Amrik Donkena broke him and then held serve to pull within 5-4. However, with the score tied 30-30, an error set up match point, and Sabel spun a second serve into Donkena's body, and he was unable to get the return inbounds to seal the win for the Sagehens.

Sophomore Connor Hudson (Golden, Colo.) had put the Sagehens ahead 4-0 with the first singles win, taking a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3, using a pair of big serves back-to-back to come back from a break point down to win the clinching game. The Gusties then earned a win at No. 4, and pulled within 4-2 with a win at No. 5, just before Sabel was able to clinch it.

Junior Chris Wiechert (Eugene, Ore.) also won at both singles and doubles, coming back with sophomore Kevin Wei (San Diego, Calif.) from a 5-1 deficit to win at No. 3 doubles 8-6. Wiechert then won 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 decision at No. 2 singles, shrugging off a double fault which ended the second set to control the ensuing third-set tiebreaker.

Freshman Thomas Low (Charlotte, N.C.) also had a big personal win at No. 6 singles, bouncing back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to take the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action tomorrow with two SCIAC matches, facing Occidental at 9:30 a.m. and Caltech at 2 p.m.

No. 24 Pomona-Pitzer 7, No. 17 Gustavus Adolphus 2
Claremont, CA (Pauley Tennis Complex)

1) Max Sabel/Frankie Allinson (PP) def Amrik Donkena/Mya Smith-Dennis 8-6
2) Connor Hudson/Connor Sutton (PP) def Tyler Johnson/Grant Leisner 8-5
3) Chris Wiechert/Kevin Wei (PP) def Brad Entwistle/Motasam Al-Houni 8-6

1) Max Sabel (PP) def Amrik Donkena 6-3, 6-4
2) Chris Wiechert Mya Smith-Dennis 6-3, 5-7, 10-3
3) Connor Hudson (PP) def Juan Luis Chu 6-1, 6-4
4) Grant Leisner (GAC) def Frankie Allinson 6-1, 6-4
5) Joe MacGibbon (GAC) def Kevin Wei 6-4, 6-2
6) Thomas Low Motasam Al-Houni 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

Order of finish:
Doubles: 1,2,3
Singles: 3,4,5,1,2,6