San Antonio - The top-seeded and defending champion Trinity Tigers men’s tennis team shut out the No. 4 Schreiner University Mountaineers 5-0 Saturday in the semifinals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.
Trinity (21-6), which received a first-round bye, will take on second-seeded Texas Lutheran University for the SCAC Championship at 8:00 a.m. Sunday at the Butch Newman Tennis Center. The winner will be assured of a slot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Texas Lutheran was a 5-3 winner over No. 3 Colorado College in Saturday’s semifinals.
The Tigers, ranked seventh nationally, have won four consecutive SCAC Championships.
Trinity swept the doubles competition against Schreiner. Paxton Deuel and Nico Moreno improved to 15-10 after winning No. 1 doubles 8-2. Greg Haugen and Jordan Mayer now stand at 14-6 following an 8-0 victory on the No. 2 line, while Charlie Curtis and Clayton Niess took No. 3 doubles 8-3.
Only two singles matches were completed, following SCAC Championship rules. Moreno won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1 and upped his record to 12-11; while Mayer took the No. 4 match 6-0, 6-0 and improved to 19-2.
Haugen was leading 6-1, 3-0 at No. 1 singles; Aaron Skinner held a 6-0, 5-0 lead on the No. 3 line; and Curtis had just begun No. 5 singles with a 1-0 lead when the dual match was halted.