Trinity Men Edge Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday Evening
Claremont, California - The Tiger men's tennis team earned a tough 5-4 victory over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday evening, winning for the sixth time in the past seven matches.
Trinity nearly swept all three doubles points to start the match, losing only a 9-7 decision at No. 3 doubles. The Tigers also took two of three points to start an earlier meeting with Pomona, which came in the Fifth Place Match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor Nationals on February 25. Trinity eventually won that match 6-3.
On Saturday, the Tigers had more trouble in singles, splitting the six matches overall. Two of Trinity's three losses went to a third set.
Greg Haugen and Jordan Mayer earned two points each to lead the team to victory. The two Tiger players teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles - avenging an earlier loss to the Sagehens. Haugen then won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, while Mayer held on for a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win at the No. 4 position.
It was Mayer's win that clinched the match for the Tigers, and he had to fight off two match points to earn the crucial victory. Mayer was down 5-2 in the third set, but came back to claim the set - and the match.
Charlie Curtis breezed to a 6-2, 6-1, win at No. 6 singles, though he and Ben Carroll suffered the narrow 9-7 doubles loss. Carroll took the opening set of his singles match 6-3, but lost the next two 5-7, 4-6 at the No. 5 slot.
Max Frey and Erick DelaFuente won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles for the Tigers, moving to 10-2 this season. In singles, DelaFuente lost 2-6, 5-7 (No. 2), while Frey lost a narrow 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7) match at No. 1 singles.
Trinity will resume its West Coast road trip on Monday afternoon, facing off against Skidmore College in Claremont. The Tigers wrap up the Spring Break action with a match against Bowdoin College on Tuesday afternoon.