San Antonio - The 21st-ranked Trinity men's tennis team split its matches Friday at the nearby San Antonio Country Club, edging National Junior College Athletic Conference powerhouse Laredo (TX) College and falling to NCAA Division I member University of the Incarnate Word (TX).
Trinity defeated Laredo College, ranked fourth in the ITA junior college poll, by a score of 4-3 on San Antonio Country Club's clay courts.
The Tigers won all three matches to take the doubles point, beginning with Wilson Lambeth and Jordan Pitts on the top line. Jace Akagi-Okuma and Artur Zigman clinched the point with a win at line three, while Wilson Hamilton and Christian Settles won #2 doubles 7-6.
The two teams battled it out to the bitter end in singles, with all six matches being three-set affairs.
Laredo tied the score with a win over Lambeth at #2 singles, but Tilden Oliver put the Tigers back in front with his line six victory. Akagi-Okuma put Trinity in front 3-1 with his #5 singles win.
After Pitts fell on the top line to make it a 3-2 match, Hamilton clinched the match with his #4 singles matchup. Cameron Krimbill fell at line three singles shortly after, but the Tigers had already secured the win.
Incarnate Word then beat Trinity 7-0 in the second dual match of the day. The Cardinals won the doubles point by taking two of three pairings. Hamilton and Settles won the second line 7-6 for Trinity's only decision of the match.
Krimbill had the closest loss in singles play for the Tigers, winning the first set 6-4 before falling 3-6 in the second. He was then edged in a 10-12 third-set tiebreaker that was the final match of the night.
Trinity now stands at 5-5 on the season, which includes a 4-0 record against Division III opponents.
The Tigers will take on second-ranked Emory (GA) University on Saturday, March 9, in a Division III match in Atlanta, Georgia.