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.