San Antonio - Trinity's seventh-ranked men's tennis team pulled out a narrow 5-4 win over eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday evening.
The Tigers improved to 9-8 on the season, winning for the third consecutive match. Trinity is 7-4 against Division III competition this year.
In doubles play, Trinity took the early advantage with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles from Greg Haugen and Connor Dunn. Johns Hopkins quickly answered with a win of its own at the top position, as Trinity's Erick DelaFuente and Jordan Mayer fell 8-5. Nicolas Moreno and Charlie Curtis battled back from a 7-4 deficit to nearly tie it, but fell just short in an 8-6 loss.
The Blue Jays carried the momentum and the 2-1 lead into singles, earning a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 to pull ahead 3-1. Aaron Skinner helped the Tigers break into the win column with a 7-5, 6-2 win at the top position, then Haugen tied the match with his come-from-behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3.
With the match all square, it would come down to the final three singles matches. DelaFuente gave Trinity its first lead since early in doubles with his 6-4, 7-6 win at the fourth spot, but Johns Hopkins tied it again with a win at No. 6 singles.
Mayer was able to join doubles partner DelaFuente in avenging their doubles defeat earlier in the afternoon, winning 6-3, 6-2 in singles to clinch the Tiger victory.
Trinity will be back on the courts to face Kalamazoo College on Friday, March 29. The Tigers then travel across town to face Division II St. Mary's University later that afternoon.