No. 18 Redlands Tops No. 22 Pomona-Pitzer, Comes up Short against Vanguard
Head Coach Geoff Roche Notches 200th Career Win
Courtesy of the University of Redland
After honoring seniors Jeff Hammond (Mercer Island, WA), Matt Liebman (Westport, CT) and Daniel Adachi (Honolulu, HI) in a short pre-match presentation, the No. 18 University of Redlands men's tennis team captured an important Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) victory over No. 22 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges by a score of 6-3.
This win also marks Head Coach Geoff Roche's 200th career victory since taking over the helm of the Redlands men's tennis program in 2000. Roche's teams have won 20 or more matches in five of his ten seasons so far and have fallen below .500 only once. He posted his 100th win on Feb. 12, 2005 against Chapman University.
Redlands kicked off the day by sweeping the doubles matches against the Sagehens. The No. 3 tandem of freshman Connor Hyde (Peterborough, NH) and sophomore Lander Jewett (Helena, MT) cruised to an 8-2 victory to initiate the scoring. Hammond and junior Keven Wong (Kaneohe, HI) took down their counterparts at No. 2 by a score of 8-5 and then the top duo of junior Cameron Spearman (Laguna Niguel, CA) and freshman Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA) followed suit with an 8-5 victory of their own.
This momentum carried the Bulldogs to victory as Hammond and Hyde posted two-set wins at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, to clinch the match for Redlands. Hammond provided a 6-1, 6-4 performance while Hyde posted a 6-2, 7-5 win.
After dropping the next three singles matches, Redlands rebounded with a 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 victory by Nanda at the No. 2 slot to make it a 6-3 final.
The Maroon and Gray also faced off against NAIA's sixth-ranked team, Vanguard University, in a non-conference showdown during the afternoon but suffered a 3-6 loss to the Lions.
Redlands gained the first point of the match when the No. 2 doubles duo of Hammond and Wong came up with an 8-6 victory. The Lions evened the score with an 8-5 showing at No. 1 before the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead with an 8-5 performance by the No. 3 team of Hyde and Jewett.
However, Vanguard earned the first two points in singles with wins at No. 2 and No. 3, pulling ahead by a score of 3-2.
Hyde answered with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 slot but this was all that the Bulldogs managed as the Lions took the final three matches.
With the win over Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands (13-10, 4-2 SCIAC) solidifies its spot as the No. 3 seed for the SCIAC Championship Tournament, which begins Friday at 9 a.m. in Claremont. The pairings will be announced early next week but the Bulldogs most likely face off against Whittier in the first round.