by Jimmy Chau
In the last match of his collegiate career, George Allen finishes exactly how he wanted to as the Pioneers collectively play their best doubles of the season also. Playing the second match against the Pacific Boxers in as many days, the Pioneers continue to prove that home court advantage matters and that with every match they play, they continue to see improvement. Although the Boxers would sweep doubles action, the Pioneers gave them all they could handle. Allen and Quinn Roth-Carter would lose 8-5 against Michael Okada and Scott Kawamura. Kerry White and Cole Pfeiffer would fall by the same score against Patrick Kinghorn and Alen Suklje. Sam Franer and Gabriel Trepanier were knocking on the door for their first doubles win in a tough 8-6 loss to Kolin Wong and Evan Liu.
Pacific would take four of the six singles flights to take the match 7-2, but a couple Pioneer efforts are worth mentioning. White continued his strong play this weekend but would fall 6-3, 6-3 to Misha DeWolf. Franer joined Allen as the only multiple time winners with a riveting rally in a 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8) win over Hector Alcayde that will send him into the off-season hungry for more tennis. But as with most of the season, the story of the day belonged to the senior who has overcome so much in his Pioneer career. Playing through four years of set back after set back, Allen would finally have his day in the sun with a great match against a big hitting Spencer Hing from Pacific. There was no comeback, no third set match breaker, or even a close set. Allen was at his best today in the finale of his career. The Pioneer would complete a 6-1, 6-1 victory for himself, and for his retiring coach, Gundars Tilmanis.
The current Pioneer men look to team up with the women in a fun match against the All-Star Alumni team in a mixed doubles extravaganza on April 12th at 6 pm in the LC Tennis Dome.