Paxton Deuel Wins Opening Match at ITA Nationals; Tiger Doubles Fall

Fort Myers, Florida - Trinity Tigers sophomore Paxton Deuel won his Division III men’s singles play-in match Wednesday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.

Deuel beat Andrew La Cava of Whitman 6-2, 6-3 in the opening match. The University of Portland transfer player takes on Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon in the quarterfinals at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.

The Tiger doubles team of junior Brandon Thompson and sophomore Eliot Guin lost a first-round three-set battle 5-7, 6-3, 10-2 to La Cava and James Rivers.

The Division III singles tournament continues through Saturday. All NCAA Divisions, along with NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges, are represented. The respective singles and doubles champions advance to Sunday’s “Super Bowl,” where an overall titleist emerges. All of the participants captured regional championships.

Deuel qualified for the national event by winning the USTA/ITA Southwest Championship, hosted by Trinity, with a victory over teammate Charlie Curtis. Thompson and Guin defeated Deuel and Clayton Niess in the regional doubles title match.

Trinity made a clean sweep of the regional singles and doubles crowns for the fourth consecutive year.