Richardson, Texas - Trinity's seventh-ranked men's tennis team split a pair of road matches on Friday, beating University of Texas-Dallas 8-1, but falling in a 5-2 decision at Division I Southern Methodist University.
The Tigers bumped their winning streak to eight matches with the win over UT-Dallas, then had that snapped at the hands of SMU later in the day. Trinity has still won six consecutive matches against Division III opponents.
Trinity was strong in doubles all day long, winning five out of the six contests in the two matches. The Tigers swept all three doubles against UT-Dallas, then won two out of three to secure the doubles point against SMU.
Also grabbing a pair of wins was Erick DelaFuente, who won 6-2, 6-4 in singles (line three) following an 8-1 win with Jordan Mayer in No. 1 doubles. Mayer suffered Trinity's only singles defeat in the match, falling 6-7 (4-7), 5-7 in a tightly contested match.
Against SMU, the teams of Curtis/Dunn and Skinner/Moreno both won 8-5 to earn their second doubles wins of the day, and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead heading into singles.
Trinity suffered a pair of three-set losses in singles, despite stealing the opening set in both. DelaFuente fell 7-6, 3-6, 4-11 at No. 3 singles, while Mayer lost 6-3, 3-6, 1-6 at line four.
Dunn rallied to earn Trinity's lone point in singles with a hard-fought 3-6, 7-6, 13-11 win from the sixth position. Dunn improved to 6-0 in singles this season with the win.
Trinity will be back in action on Sunday with two more tough matches. The Tigers open with a key matchup at the University of Texas-Tyler, then finish the regular season with a contest against Collin County Community College.