Pomona-Pitzer Takes Third Place In SCIAC, Defeats No. 13 Redlands
Claremont, Calif. - Seniors Max Sabel (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Frankie Allinson (McGregor, Texas) won their third straight doubles match in the SCIAC Championships, and freshman Thomas Low (Charlotte, N.C.) earned the clinching point in singles, as the No. 20-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis team earned a 5-4 win over No. 13 Redlands in the third-place match on Saturday at Whittier Narrows.
With the win, the Sagehens improve to 11-14 overall on the year and 5-5 in the SCIAC, after winning 5-4 decisions over Whittier and Redlands, sandwiched around a loss to No. 1 CMS in the semifinals.
Allinson and Sabel took an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles and improved to 9-1 in their last 10 matches, with the only defeat coming to Cal Lutheran in the quarterfinals of the Ojai Valley Championship last weekend. The duo began the spring season 0-4 against a difficult schedule, but went 18-5 over their final 23 matches.
Sophomores Connor Hudson (Golden, Colo.) and Connor Sutton (Overland Park, Kan.) also won at 8-5 at No. 2 doubles, with only a tiebreaker loss at No. 3 preventing the Sagehens from a 3-0 sweep.
Junior Chris Wiechert (Eugene, Ore.) then cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles to give Pomona-Pitzer its third point, and the bottom of the singles ladder proved to be the difference, as No. 5 Kevin Wei (San Diego, Calif.) earned the fourth point with a 6-2, 6-1 win, and Low capped it off with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6.
Sabel went three sets at No. 1 singles against Pat Lipscomb of Redlands, hoping to add a singles win to his doubles sweep, but fell 6-4 in the third.
NCAA selections take place on Monday, with the SCIAC expected to get at least CMS and Cal Lutheran into the tournament field. Redlands is also still in strong position for an at-large despite the loss to the Sagehens.