The No. 16 University of Redlands men's tennis team fired of a pair of impressive wins on Saturday, blanking Caltech in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition before uncorking an 8-1 performance against Brandeis University (MA).
Against the Beavers, the Bulldogs recorded seven shutout-sets en route to t he dominating win.
In doubles, sophomore Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA) and senior Connor Hyde (Peterborough, NH) put up Redlands' first triumph with an 8-1 showing at the top slot. Sophomores Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) and Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) repeated the effort at No. 2, while the senior tandem of Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA) and John Brewer (Portland, OR) dominated the No. 3 opponents in an 8-0 triumph.
The momentum stayed with the Bulldogs in singles, as Nanda blasted his No. 4 opponent, 6-0, 6-0, before sophomore Taylor Hunt (Seattle, WA) rattled off a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 3 spot to seal the official match-win.
Freshman Jacob Lousche (Bakersfield, CA), Cummins, Brewer, and Lipscomb also took down their respective singles counterparts for the Bulldogs' sweep.
Against Brandeis, the Maroon and Gray kept up its winning ways with an overall solid doubles performance. The No. 2 tandem of Lipscomb and Leahy prevailed by a score of 8-5, which set the tone for Nanda and Brewer, who grabbed an 8-4 victory at No. 3. Hyde and Cummins capped off the team's 3-0 run in doubles by earning an 8-6 decision at the top spot.
Redlands continued to cruise in singles, as all five of the team's victories came in straight sets. Cummins came off the court first with a 6-2, 6-1 performance at the No. 3 slot, while Brewer closely followed at No. 6 with a 6-2, 6-2 effort for the Bulldogs' fifth point of the match. In addition, Lipscomb, Nanda and Hyde also recorded wins for Redlands, leading to the 8-1 result.
The Bulldogs (3-2) look forward to traveling to UC Santa Cruz for an important regional match on Sat., March 2, at 10 a.m.