San Antonio - The 23rd-Ranked Trinity women's tennis team opened up a busy weekend at home with a 6-3 loss to fifth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA) Colleges on Friday.
Trinity picked up one doubles point, as the #2 team of Liza Southwick and Mary Kaffen battled their way to a 9-8 (7-4) victory. The Athenas won Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles. Marie Lutz and Zoe Kaffen lost the first line, while Caroline Kutach and Cheyenne Duncan came up short at #3.
Southwick lost in straight sets at the top line to start singles, while Mary Kaffen lost the fifth line to put Claremont ahead 4-1. The clincher for the Athenas came at line three, with Lutz on the court for the Tigers.
After the match had been decided, the Tigers picked up two more victories. Zoe Kaffen fought her way to a three-set win at #4 singles, and Andrea De Leon won a three-setter at #6. Kutach lost a three-set matchup at #2 singles.
Trinity now has a 3-4 overall record. The Tigers lost their first NCAA Division III match of the season, and stand at 3-1 against DIII opponents. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps remained undefeated with a 5-0 record.
The Tigers will host two matches Saturday, starting with the University of Texas-Dallas at 10:30 a.m. Trinity then takes on 11th-ranked Washington University-St. Louis (MO) at 3:00 p.m.