CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The No. 33 Lewis & Clark Pioneers took an early 3-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles matches before losing all six singles pairings in a 6-3 loss to the No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens on Saturday afternoon.
Lewis & Clark's top doubles team of Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows, who are ranked fifth in the region and No. 23 nationally, claimed a 10-8 tiebreaker to win the No. 1 match, 9-8, over Kalyan Chadalavada and Octave Bellet, who entered the day ranked eighth regionally. Jackson Powell and Pim Trouerbach defeated Avery Bicks and Marko Mandic, 8-5, in second position, while Raed Attia and Kei Inoue teamed up to beat Sam Gearou and Josh Gearou, 8-6, at No. 3.
Gordon Barrows had one of the most highly-contested singles matches, losing at No. 3 to Josh Gearou, 7-5, 7-5. The loss snaps Barrows' three-match winning streak.
In fourth position, Inoue fell behind after a 6-3 loss in the opening set to Mandic before nearly pulling out the second set, 7-6. Inoue is now 8-4 in singles matches this season.
A day after facing the nation's No. 1 competitor, Powell took on 17th-ranked Jed Kronenberg in the top singles match. Powell, who entered the weekend ranked 14th in the West Region, lost 6-1, 6-1, against the region's No. 1.
The Pioneers compete at Linfield on Friday in the first of the final two Northwest Conference duals of the regular season. Lewis & Clark has a half-match lead over Pacific for the NWC's No. 2 seed. The top-four teams qualify for the postseason tournament.