Walla Walla, Washington – Trinity's 13th-ranked men's tennis team split its first matches against Division III opposition this season.
Trinity was beaten 7-2 by #11 University of Redlands (CA) to start the day, then fought for a narrow 5-4 win over Lewis & Clark (OR) College that gave the Tigers a 1-3 record this season.
The Tigers took the early lead against Redlands by winning the top two doubles lines. Redlands actually nabbed the first point, but Wilson Hamilton and Jace Akagi-Okuma tied things up with a win at line two.
Redlands scored two quick singles wins at the top two lines to wrestle back momentum and take the lead, then the Bulldogs finished off a singles sweep to earn the team win.
The matchup against Lewis & Clark started off just like the one against Redlands, with Lewis & Clark taking the first doubles point and Trinity rallying to take the last two and a 2-1 lead.
This time Trinity was able to take advantage of the momentum from doubles and Jordan Pitts secured the first singles point of the day for the Tigers at line two.
Lewis & Clark then rallied for two singles victories at lines three and four to tie the match, but Wilson Hamilton set Trinity back on track with his thrilling 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win at line one.
Tilden Oliver then clinched the match at line six, though Lewis & Clark did score a three-set win to close out the scoring after the clinch.
The Tigers finish off the road weekend against tournament hosts Whitman (WA) University at 9:00 a.m. (PST).