Claremont, Calif. (March 12, 2015)—Pitzer student Jacob Yasgoor ’17 was named the West Region Player of the Week by Division3tennis.com. The honor came after Sagehens Men’s Tennis racked up a 4-0 week, which included a pair of narrow 5-4 wins over nationally ranked foes, helping the Sagehens jump from No. 15 to No. 9 in the latest poll from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Yasgoor won in doubles in a 5-4 win over then-No. 15 Mary Washington on March 1, after a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 1 singles earlier in the day against Christopher Newport, and then earned a pivotal singles/doubles sweep in a key 5-4 win over No. 11 Carnegie Mellon on March 8.
His effort against Carnegie Mellon included a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles against Christian Heaney-Secord, a returning All-American who reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Division III singles championships last year. He also combined with Jonathan Kim ’16 for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles, and the Sagehens would need both wins on its way to a 5-4 victory.
After the award was announced, Yasgoor pulled off the singles/doubles sweep again in another 5-4 win over a ranked team, as the Sagehens edged current No. 10 Bowdoin 5-4 on Wednesday. Yasgoor held serve for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles to complete a 3-0 sweep, and then cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles for the Sagehens’ fourth point of the match.
Yasgoor and the Sagehens will try to continue their strong play of late at the Stag-Hen Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Sagehens will open with No. 12 Case Western on Friday at 10 a.m. and then face either No. 6 Trinity or No. 15 Whitman on Friday afternoon. After co-hosting the Stag-Hen, the Sagehens will then play No. 1 Amherst on Monday at 10 a.m.
About Sagehen Athletics
Pitzer College joins with Pomona College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). There are 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams: baseball (men), basketball, cross country, football (men), golf, lacrosse (women), soccer, softball (women), swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball (women) and water polo.