Tennis Championship Update: No Wins, But Many Honors
Last week, Pomona's Pauley Tennis Complex and Claremont McKenna's Biszantz Family Tennis Center hosted teams and players from across the United States for the NCAA Division III national championships.
While neither the men's or women's team made it to the finals, three singles and doubles players did. Tommy Meyer '12 from Bernville, Pennsylvania, advanced to the singles quarterfinals (the final eight), but lost in three sets to the eventual tournament champion. He finishes ranked in the top 10 in the nation in singles and an NCAA Singles All-American for the second consecutive season. Pitzer freshman Chris Wiechert was named West Region and National Rookie of the Year. This is the first time since 2001 that a Pomona-Pitzer player has won the regional award, and the first time that a player has captured the national award.
Women’s single player Jamie Solomon PI ’13 from Los Gatos, California, fell out of the competition early, but did earn All-American Honors in singles and she was named West Region ITA Player to Watch. Solomon and Kara Wang ’13 (Saratoga, California) also played, but did not win, in the doubles competition.
Men’s Coach Benjamin Belletto was named the West Region Coach of the Year and women’s Assistant Coach Brittany Biebl was named West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
While final rankings will not be announced until next week, it is likely that the men’s team will achieve a top 10 national ranking for the first time since 1994. The women’s team will finish #2 in the West.
For more information on the season and other regional rankings, please read our previous article: "Tennis Teams Wrap Up Stellar Season as the Campus Prepares to Host the Division III National Championships."