May 24, 2013
Kalamazoo, Michigan - Trinity Tigers sophomore Aaron Skinner (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) was eliminated in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships Singles semifinals Friday at Kalamazoo College.
Skinner, the tournament's No. 8 seed, fell 6-4, 6-4 to Mark Kahan of Amherst in the semifinals. Earlier in the day, Skinner took out third-seeded Trey Meyer of Williams College 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Trinity was represented in the semifinals for the second time in three years, as Max Frey advanced to the final four in 2011.
The quarterfinals pairing with Meyer was a rematch of the unfinished No. 1 singles match in the NCAA Team quarterfinals, with Williams beating Trinity 5-1. Skinner had fought off a number of match points and was making a comeback, when the dual match was halted. The score was 6-4, 5-4 in favor of Meyer.
In Friday's quarterfinals against Meyer, Skinner capitalized on good movement and forced errors. Kahan, who had defeated top seed Nicholas Ballou of California Lutheran in the second round, played at a high level and made few errors against Skinner. The match was characterized by physical and intense play from each competitor.
Last October, Skinner captured the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Small College Singles Championship at Mobile, Ala. The championship victory was over North Carolina Wesleyan's Robert Kjellberg, the NCAA Tournament's No. 6 seed. Second-seeded Adam Putterman of Washington (St. Louis) beat Kjellberg in Friday's other NCAA semifinals pairing.
Skinner qualified for the National Small College event by winning the ITA Southwest Region Championship, in both singles and doubles. His doubles partner was sophomore Jordan Mayer (San Antonio/Churchill). Both players earned All-America honors.