San Antonio - The sixth-ranked Trinity Tigers men’s tennis team returned to action with victories over Hardin-Simmons University and Laredo Community College on Saturday.
Trinity shut out Hardin-Simmons 9-0 in the first dual match of the day, then fought its way past Laredo Community College 6-3 to finish the afternoon. The Tigers improved to 14-5 and won their fourth straight match.
Trinity did not lose a set against Hardin-Simmons, although there were some tightly played matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Paxton Deuel and Nico Moreno won No. 1 doubles 8-4, while Greg Haugen and Connor Dunn prevailed 9-8 (2) in the No. 2 match. Charlie Curtis and Clayton Niess took No. 3 doubles 8-4.
Deuel won No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-3; Haugen was a 6-3, 6-2 winner on the No. 2 line; and Dunn brought home No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-2. Curtis won his first set of No. 4 singles 7-5, and then pushed ahead to take the second set 6-0. Chas Mayer outfought his opponent 6-0, 4-6, 10-5 in No. 5 singles; while Manuel Brown won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6.
The match against Laredo Community College, ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, turned into a battle in the singles lineup.
Trinity swept the doubles matches, with Deuel and Moreno winning 8-6 at No. 1, Curtis and Niess coming out on top 8-4 at No. 2, and Brandon Thompson and Eliot Guin capturing the No. 3 match 8-5.
The Tigers took a 4-0 lead as Curtis won No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-2, with the Tiger junior improving his record to 6-2. But LCC began closing the gap as Haugen lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles; and Moreno fell 7-5, 6-4 on the No. 3 line. Dunn was edged 6-4, 7-6 at No. 4 singles as the Palominos closed to 3-4.
But Deuel hung tough and won No. 1 singles 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to clinch the dual match. Deuel improved his singles record to 11-5 on the season with the two singles victories of the day. Mayer gave Trinity its sixth point with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles.Trinity will host two matches on Saturday, April 5, beginning with a matchup at 10:00 a.m. against the University of the Incarnate Word. The Tigers will then take on McMurry University at 4:00 p.m.