The No. 11 University of Redlands men's tennis team suffered its first loss in five matches when it fell short of the upset against No. 6 Cal Lutheran University during Saturday's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) match. The Bulldogs faced an early deficit after two tiebreaker losses in doubles and then struggled to make up the difference, leading to a 2-7 defeat to the Kingsmen.
All three doubles matches came down to the wire, with Cal Lutheran striking first with an 8-6 victory at the No. 3 slot. The No. 1 duo of sophomores Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) and Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) recovered from an early three-game deficit and eventually forced a tiebreaker. However, the Kingsmen prevailed by a score of 9-8(5). The No. 2 tandem of senior Connor Hyde (Peterborough, NH) and sophomore Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA) combined forces to provide an even tighter showdown. But Cal Lutheran nabbed the uncharacteristic sweep from the Maroon and Gray, with its 9-8(4) effort.
After sophomore Taylor Hunt (Seattle, WA) recorded a win when his No. 4 opponent retired, the Bulldogs gained new life in the match.
Senior John Brewer (Portland, OR) kept the momentum going for the Maroon and Gray by dismissing his No. 6 counterpart, 6-0, 6-2.
However, Cal Lutheran erased any hopes of a Bulldog comeback by taking the remaining four matches and earning the 7-2 decision.
Redlands (7-4, 1-1 SCIAC) battles it out with its sixth ranked opponent in seven matches with Wednesday's match against No. 5 Bowdoin College (ME). The first serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Verdieck Courts.