It was announced late last week that the University of Redlands men's tennis team landed among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) preseason rankings at No. 16 for all NCAA Division III programs. In addition, the Bulldogs learned of their position among the West Region, sitting seventh, which is one slot above Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foe, Whittier College.
Sophomore Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) heads up the returning Bulldogs after going 17-10 in his rookie spring season. His Bulldog career began with a 12-match winning streak as the squad's No. 1 singles player. This First-Team All-SCIAC performer looks forward to entering the 2013 campaign among the West Region's top-25 individuals. He also helps to solidify Redlands' doubles duos as part of last year's top tandem.
In addition, the Bulldogs welcome back Second-Team All-SCIAC selection, sophomore Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA), as a viable contender in singles and doubles.
Redlands looks forward to facing a spring schedule that is chockfull of ranked opponents, including seven of the top 15 and thirteen among the nation's best.
Following a successful fall outing at the ITA West Regional Tournament, Redlands returns to action on Saturday, February 2, 2013, with a home doubleheader, taking on Vanguard University at 10 a.m. and Concordia University – Irvine at 2 p.m.