Walla Walla, Washington - The sixth-ranked Trinity men's tennis team opened up its West Coast road trip with a 5-4 win over 15th-ranked Whitman College on Friday evening.
The Tigers lost two of the three doubles matches to fall behind early, then Whitman took a 3-1 lead by swiping the first singles match of the day.
Trinity's Greg Haugen started the rally with his 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. Haugen and Jordan Mayer also took Trinity's lone point in doubles, winning 8-4 at line two. Paxton Deuel then tied the match with a come-from-behind win at No. 1 singles (1-6, 6-2, 6-1).
Mayer put the Tigers in front for the first time in the match with his straight-set (6-2, 6-2) at line five singles. Whitman rallied with its win from the second position, setting up a winner-take-all match at No. 6 singles.
Trinity's Connor Dunn took the 7-6, 6-4 win, improving his season record to 3-1 in singles play.
The Tigers continue play on Saturday, facing off against UC-Santa Cruz and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Both matches will be played at Whitman. Next week, Trinity moves down the coast to Southern California, facing Pomona-Pitzer College on Monday afternoon, and the University Redlands on Tuesday morning.