Claremont, Calif. (April 2, 2015)—Pitzer College student and Sagehen’s tennis player Graham Maassen ’17 was named the West Region Player of the Week by division3tennis.com for his performance during Sagehen’s Men’s Tennis team’s recent 5-0 run that boosted their ranking to No. 4.
Maassen had the most dramatic win in a week full of close matches, winning 12-10 in a third-set tiebreaker after fighting off three match points to give the Sagehens a 5-4 win over No. 13 Chicago on Thursday. With temperatures soaring past 90 in the mid-afternoon, Maassen and his opponent battled to near-exhaustion before a forehand in the corner up 11-10 in the tiebreaker set up a winning overhead.
In addition, Maassen also picked up a huge victory in a 5-4 win over No. 3 Middlebury on Tuesday, winning 7-5 in the third to give the Sagehens a 4-3 lead in the match.
Maassen becomes the second Sagehen to earn the honor in the last month, as fellow sophomore Jacob Yasgoor ’17 was chosen by division3tennis.com for his performance from March 1-8. Yasgoor was also named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week on Wednesday after tallying a 3-0 record in singles last week.
The Sagehens will be back in action tomorrow for a pair of home matches, meeting Gustavus Adolphus at 10 a.m. and Westmont at 4 p.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.