CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team split a pair of matches against nationally-ranked foes on Friday in California.
The fifth-ranked Polar Bears defeated 22nd-ranked Pomona-Pitzer 6-3 before falling to second-ranked Emory 6-3. The loss to Emory was Bowdoin's first of the season and dropped the Polar Bears to 4-1 overall on the year.
Bowdoin again found itself trailing after doubles play, 2-1, against Pomona. Sam King and Noah Bragg accounted for the important 9-7 win that kept the Polar Bears in contention heading into singles play. The Polar Bears sealed the win with five victories out of the six singles matches with Noah Bragg (6-1, 6-4) earning a win at #1 and Casey Grindon (5-7, 7-6, 6-1) claiming the eventual clinching point at #2. Chris Lord (6-1, 6-2), Kyle Wolstencroft (6-3, 6-4) and Chase Savage (6-2, 6-3) netted wins at positions four through six for Bowdoin.
King and Bragg again won their doubles match, 9-7, against Emory, but Bowdoin couldn't muster a comeback in singles play as Bragg (6-4, 7-5) completed a perfect day with a win at #1 singles and Wolstencroft (1-6, 6-3, 6-2) rallied for a victory at #5.
Bowdoin will enjoy a couple of off days before returning to action on Tuesday afternoon with a conference match in Claremont against Trinity (Conn.).