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Sagehen Tennis Splits with Azusa Pacific, Caltech

Marko Mandic PO ‘18 returns the ball in a doubles match against Caltech on April 8th. (Austin Huang • The Student Life)

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The No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer men’s tennis team continued their impressive play this past weekend in their matches against Azusa Pacific University and Caltech. Despite the loss to Azusa Pacific, which ended their four-match winning streak, the team displayed top-notch form and looks to be in a good position as conference playoffs approach.  

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Azusa Pacific is a division two team, so the Sagehens did well to keep the score close in their 5-4 loss. Graham Maassen PZ ’17 and Quinn Hirsohn PZ ’20 aided the score with their 8-6 wins in the No. 2 doubles match. Avery Bicks PO ’20 dominated the No. 3 singles match, and Marko Mandic PO ’18 took the No.4 singles match. Josh Kim PO ’17 also performed well in his No. 2 singles match, getting the win for the Sagehens, but in the end it wasn’t enough to secure the team win.

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Any doubts about their division three competence were put to rest when they dismantled Caltech 8-1 later in the day.  

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About three-quarters of the Sagehens saw playing time in their second match-up of the day, and almost everyone was on the winning side of at least one match. Sam Gearou PO ’19 contributed a win in the No. 6 singles match, and Mandic and Bicks both dominated their respective singles matches at the No.3 and No. 4 slots.  Other highlight performances were senior Anthony Bello’s PO ’17 game-clinching win against Caltech in No. 2 singles and Maassen’s No. 1 slot straight-set win.

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Hirsohn also got his own singles victory in three sets at No.5. Mandic and Bicks smashed their No. 2 doubles match, and Michael Poeschla PO ’18 and Parth Desai PZ ’19 won in No. 3 doubles.  While they may not get the most playing time, Poeschla and Desai have yet to lose in the doubles matches they have played in this year.  As a matter of fact, Desai has never lost in his entire NCAA career, making him the only unbeaten Sagehen.     

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Following the weekend, the Sagehens moved to 16-8 for the season and 4-1 in SCIAC.  Their next match is today at Whittier before a big rivalry matchup versus Claremont-Mudd-Scripps next Wednesday. 

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