Mayfield Village, Ohio - The fifth-seeded Trinity Tigers fell 3-6 to the top seed Washington University-St. Louis Bears in Saturday’s semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III National Men’s Indoor Championship.
Trinity (7-3), which had a four-match winning streak snapped, will play the host Case Western Reserve University for third place at 8:00 a.m. ET Sunday. Seventh-seeded Case Western fell 3-6 to No. 6 Johns Hopkins University in the semis.
The Bears took a 2-1 lead after doubles. Trinity’s lone doubles victory came on the No. 2 line as Greg Haugen and Jordan Mayer won 8-6. Paxton Deuel and Nico Moreno fell 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, while Clayton Niess and Chas Mayer lost 9-8 (7-2) at No. 3.
A bright spot for the Tigers occurred at No. 5 singles, with a 6-3, 6-4 victory by Jordan Mayer. This season, Mayer, who clinched the 7-2 win over California Lutheran University on Friday, remained undefeated at 8-0. Deuel came through at No. 1 singles by outfighting his opponent 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 3-0 (modified set).
Aaron Skinner lost 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, and Haugen
fell 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3. Moreno took a 6-1, 6-4 loss at No. 4
singles, and Connor Dunn came up short 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 at No.