Under the golden California sun on Saturday, Apr. 16, green and blue asphalt glistened, sixteen different rackets sat ready for action, and the Pomona-Pitzer men's tennis team (12-8, 4-1 SCIAC) prepared to take to the courts. The Sagehens have an invitational and two conference matches left in the season, and they're focusing on one goal right now: The SCIAC Championship title.
They certainly built their confidence this past weekend in their back-to-back matches against California Lutheran University (3-12, 2-4 SCIAC) and Whittier College (3-17, 3-7 SCIAC), taking the teams 8-1 and 9-0, respectively. It is clear to see that the Hens have bounced back from their brief struggle in the last weeks of March, where they lost a few games in quick succession: Now they are riding the momentum of this three-game winning streak.
Heading into the first game of Saturday’s double header against Cal Lutheran, who is ranked No. 6 in SCIAC, P-P took two of the three doubles matches on the day. Graham Massen PZ' 18 and Spencer Simonides PO' 18 snatched the first doubles match from Cal Lutheran with an 8-5 victory, then Spencer Chiu PO' 19 and Thomas Low PO' 16 won their match in the third doubles of the day with the score of 8-4. P-P then went on to win all six singles matches against the Kingsmen.
A few hours later, in the scorching heat, Jake Yasgoor PZ '17 and Jonathan Kim PZ '16 kindled the team's fire with a doubles win against Whittier's No. 1 doubles team. The Hens went on to sweep Whittier in a shutout.
Amidst what has been a scorching past two weeks in terms of temperature and intensity, the tennis team finds itself propelled quickly toward post-season. Last year, the team dominated in the SCIAC tournament and NCAA tournament–except against their rival, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (21-4, 7-0 SCIAC), to whom they lost twice. In the SCIAC championships this year, which are hosted at CMS, the team will have to find a way to overcome their rival in order to advance.
Currently the SCIAC rankings stand with CMS in first place, Redlands University (15-5, 4-1 SCIAC) in second, and P-P in third. But if the Hens play like they did against Cal Lutheran and Whittier, they have nothing to worry about.
The next matchup for the Sagehens will be the Ojai Invitational on Apr. 22, 2016, as they seek to maintain their top form and keep the momentum going in time for playoffs.