CLAREMONT, CA — The Williams College men's tennis team played their second match in as many days in the first part of their spring break trip to California, this against the Sagehens of Pomona College. Once again the Ephs emerged victorious by the margin of 5-4, thanks to a trio of hard-fought three-set singles wins from sophomore Howard Weiss, freshman Conrad Harron, and sophomore Jose Raventos, lifting the Ephs to 4-0 on the season.
The Ephs claimed the advantage after the doubles portion, winning two of the three matches. At the number one position, the pair of senior Matt Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky registered a solid win over the combination of senior Chris Wiechert and freshman Anthony Bello by the score 8-6.
Playing number two doubles, the duo of Harron and sophomore Brian Astrachan also claimed a point for the Ephs by defeating the sophomore team of Jon Kim and Sam Crawford with relative ease, 8-4. The Sagehens would not be left empty-handed going into the singles rounds, however, managing to nab a point at the number three position through the pair of junior Connor Hudson and freshman Graham Maassen, defeating Raventos and freshman Rohan Shastri by the margin of 8-3.
Down 2-1, the Sagehens got off to a roaring start in singles, claiming the spoils at both the number one position and the number six position. Sagehen freshman Josh Kim played outstandingly well at the six position to defeat Eph senior Adam Reich 6-1, 6-0, before Wiechert downed Micheli 7-5, 6-3.
The Ephs and the Sagehens then split the points at the three and four position, as Harron was able to outlast Hudson, taking the final two sets 6-1, 7-5 after losing the first set 2-6, while Schidlovsky was just edged out by Maassen 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 respectively.
With the score flipped on its head now and the Ephs down 4-3, Weiss and Raventos both stepped up to the plate for the Ephs after being down a set. After losing the first set against Bello 3-6, Raventos grinded out the pivotal second set in a tiebreaker 8-6, saving a match point at 5-6, but he wasn't out of the woods yet, as Bello put up a valiant effort in the final set.
Raventos, however, did not squander his chances and was able to put the match away by a margin of 7-5 after saving another match point on his own serve at 4-5, equalizing the overall score for the Ephs with just Weiss' match left on the court.
Sagehen freshman Jake Yasgoor pulled out the first set against Weiss 7-5 in a tiebreaker at the number two position after an incredibly close first set, but Weiss would not be outdone and was able to put Yasgoor away convincingly 6-4, 6-2 in the final two sets, keeping the Ephs' undefeated season alive through four matches.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg praised the quality of the match as a whole: "Just an amazing match. Pomona was really tough in singles, and our guys had to dig themselves out of some holes to make it a match. Then Conrad, Howie, and Jose all stepped up at the end."
The Ephs now have a day off, before a rematch of last year's DIII National Championship match against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Thursday at 8 PM EDT.
Williams 5, Pomona-Pitzer 4
1. Wiechert, Chris (POMONA-PITZER) def. Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) 7-5, 6-3
2. Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) def. Yasgoor, Jake (POMONA-PITZER) 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
3. Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. Hudson, Connor (POMONA-PITZER) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
4. Maassen, Graham (POMONA-PITZER) def. Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) def. Bello, Anthony (POMONA-PITZER) 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5
6. Kim, Josh (POMONA-PITZER) def. Reich, Adam (WILLIAMS) 6-1, 6-0
1. Micheli, Matt/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Wiechert, Chris/Bello, Anthony (POMONA-PITZER) 8-6
2. Harron, Conrad/Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Crawford, Sam/Kim, Jon (POMONA-PITZER) 8-4
3. Maassen, Graham/Hudson, Connor (POMONA-PITZER) def. Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) 8-3