Revenge is Sweet
The Slugs lost to Pomona Pitzer on March 31 for the first time in program history. In the second round of NCAA Regionals, UCSC was looking to avenge that loss and get into the third round for a chance to compete for a spot in the final eight at the national championship site in Cary, North Carolina. The Sagehens jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in doubles with a commanding 8-2 win by Max Sabel/Frankie Allinson over Parker Larsen/Erich Koenig. A few minutes later, Pomona went up 2-0 when Tommy Meyer/Uday Singh defeated Erik Rosner/Ian Stanley at the two spot 8-5. It looked like Pomona was going to sweep all three doubles matches, but Devin Nerenberg and Eli Scandalis fought hard and defeated Alex Groth/Chris Weichert 9-8 to put the Slugs on the board. The singles competition was intense with most of the matches going to three sets. Larsen evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Connor Hudson at four singles. Stanley then gave the Slugs a 3-2 match lead with a three set win over Kevin Prescott 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 at six singles. Koenig next came through for the Slugs at two singles with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Weichert to put the Slugs up 4-2. However, the Sagehens fought back to put the match within one when Allinson defeated Bryce Bettwy 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Up 4-3, the Slugs needed one more match to win and it came down to Nerenberg at one singles, and Andre Halabi at four. Nerenberg was in his third set while Halabi was in a very close second after having won the first over Sabel. Proving why he is the best player in the west region, Nerenberg clinched the match for the Slugs with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Meyer to send the Slugs into the third round against Claremont for the third year in a row. For box scores and recap, click here. (courtesy of Pomona Pitzer).