#6 Men's Tennis Beaten by Third-Ranked Claremont Late Saturday

#6 Men's Tennis Beaten by Third-Ranked Claremont Late Saturday

Walla Walla, Washington - The sixth-ranked Trinity Tigers men’s tennis team lost 1-8 to the No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Stags late Saturday at the Whitman College Quad Tournament.

Claremont began the match by taking all three doubles matchups. Paxton Deuel and Nico Moreno fell 8-4 in the No. 1 match, Greg Haugen and Jordan Mayer lost 8-3  on the No. 2 line, and Clayton Niess and Charlie Curtis came up short 8-1 at No. 3.

The singles matches were closer than the overall score indicated. Trinity’s dual-match point came at No. 5 singles as Mayer won 6-2, 6-2. Mayer went 3-0 at the quad meet, and improved his singles record to 12-1.

Deuel’s No. 1 singles opponents fought off match points as the Trinity Tiger lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-7. Aaron Skinner had break points, but fell 2-6, 4-6 at No. 2 singles. Haugen also had break points, at No. 3 singles, and lost 4-6, 4-6. Connor Dunn was up a service break in the first set of No. 6 singles, but the C-M-S player prevailed  6-7, 6-7. Moreno lost 4-6, 4-6 on the No. 4 singles line.

The Tigers (10-5) opened the event Friday with a 5-4 decision over host Whitman, ranked No. 15 nationally. Trinity then defeated 12th-ranked UC-Santa Cruz 6-3 in the first match of the day on Saturday.

Trinity has two matches remaining on its West Coast trip, as the Tigers move on to California on Monday. Next up is 16th-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, at 4:00 p.m. PDT. The final match is slated for Tuesday in Redlands against the No. 13 University of Redlands at 2:00 p.m. PDT.