The 17th-ranked University of Redlands men's tennis team took to the road to face off against No. 11 UC Santa Cruz in a regional showdown on Saturday. The Bulldogs put up a valiant effort but fell short of the upset in a 2-7 decision.
After the Banana Slugs evened the count with an 8-5 win at No. 3, the teams' duos continued their back-and-forth battle at the top spot. However, UC Santa Cruz managed to gain the edge in a 9-7 showing.
Down 1-2, the Maroon and Gray needed four of the six singles matches to gain the overall win. However, Redlands dropped straight-set matches at Nos. 2 and 3, before senior Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA) breathed new life into the Bulldogs. He came away with a solid 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 slot.
Despite forcing three-setters in all three of the remaining matches, Redlands finished on the losing end of each one. On the bright side, Lipscomb and senior John Brewer (Portland, OR) both recorded winning tiebreakers at No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, revealing the extremely tight competition.
Redlands (3-3) returns home for a busy month of competition, beginning with No. 23 University of Mary Washington (VA) on Sat., March 9, at 2 p.m. for USTA Campus Kids' Day on Verdieck Courts.