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No. 11 U of R Men's Tennis Downs DePauw, Falls to No. 3 Williams on Busy Saturday

No. 11 U of R Men's Tennis Downs DePauw, Falls to No. 3 Williams on Busy Saturday

The No. 11 University of Redlands men's tennis team competed in its final, scheduled doubleheader of the 2013 season, earning split results in a challenging day.  The Bulldogs cruised to an 8-1 victory over DePauw University (IN) during the morning match but then came up short of the upset in a heartbreaking 4-5 loss against third-ranked Williams College (MA).

After dropping the first match off the court, the Maroon and Gray rattled off eight straight victories en route to the solid showing over the Tigers. 

DePauw gained an early lead with an 8-6 effort at No. 2 doubles, but this inspired Redlands to capture a pair of 8-4 outcomes at Nos. 1 and 3.  Sophomores Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) and Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) teamed up at the top spot, while sophomores Max Licona (Culver City, CA) and Teddy Jones (St. Louis, MO) made their debut together at the No. 3 slot.

During the singles, Redlands continued to roll, amassing the required three points to seal the win in straight sets at Nos. 1, 2 and 4.  Lipscomb led the onslaught with his 6-1, 6-4 performance, while sophomore Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA) gave up just three games against his foe.  Finally, sophomore Taylor Hunt (Seattle, WA) prevailed by scores of 7-6(2), 6-2.

In addition, a trio of seniors in John Brewer (Portland, OR), Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA), and Connor Hyde (Peterborough, NH) preserved the singles sweep with their respective triumphs.

Redlands retook the courts for a non-conference battle between ranked foes during the afternoon. 

After Williams captured all three doubles matches, the Bulldogs faced a significant deficit to overcome in singles.  The Maroon and Gray clawed its way back, with Hyde initiating the rally with his 6-3, 6-2 performance at No. 3.  Lipscomb followed suit by dominating his No. 1 opponent in a 6-1, 6-2 result, while Cummins knotted the overall count with his 6-4, 6-3 showing at No. 2.

Tied at three apiece, Redlands needed two of the three remaining matches to pull out the upset.  Unfortunately, Williams prevailed at Nos. 5 and 6, leading to the deciding points for the Ephs.

Furthermore, Hunt went on to secure the Bulldogs' fourth victory with his come-from-behind effort at No. 4 by scores of 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).

Redlands (9-6) welcomes No. 14 Middlebury College (VT) to Verdieck Courts in another important showdown on Tuesday at 3 p.m.