The University of Redlands men's tennis squad kicked off its 2012-13 season at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Fall West-Regional Tournament over the weekend with successful performances from numerous players. In addition to west-region powerhouse, UC Santa Cruz (USCS), every Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) program except Caltech was represented during the three-day showcase, providing significant opportunities for competition.
Among the highlights, sophomores Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA) and Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) both advanced to the Round of 16 in the main singles draw. In the first round, Cummins defeated Kevin Wei of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, 6-1, 6-2. He then advanced to the Round of 16 by taking down Mac Cahill of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges by scores of 6-7, 7-5, 6-4. Lipscomb advanced past Bryan Mehall of CMS in the first round, 7-5, 6-0. He then cruised by UCSC's Jimmy Soper, 6-1, 6-3, to give him a spot in the Round of 16.
In doubles action, the Bulldogs saw several duos perform admirably. In the first-round consolation bracket, the combination of seniors Connor Hyde (Peterborough, NH) and Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA) advanced all the way to the final, downing two tandems from Pomona-Pitzer (8-2, 9-7) and a pair from Occidental (8-0). Setting up an all-Redlands consolation championship, Cummins and fellow sophomore Parker Glore (Huntington Beach, CA) advanced with relative ease, earning wins over duos from CMS (8-6), Cal Lutheran University (8-1) and Pomona-Pitzer (8-2). With a title guaranteed to Redlands, Cummins and Glore prevailed over Hyde and Nanda by a score of 8-4.
While this tournament as the only competition of the fall, the Bulldogs look forward to preparing for the start of their spring season. Redlands' first official matches of the New Year take place on February 2 when it is slated to host Vanguard University at 10 a.m. and Concordia University at 2 p.m.