The No. 12 University of Redlands men's tennis team celebrated its seniors with a solid 7-2 victory over No. 24 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Friday's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) match on Verdieck Courts. The Bulldogs garnered a 2-1 lead amidst a very tight doubles competition but then blew it open by nabbing victories at all but one singles match.
However, the Sagehens answered with a hard-fought 9-8(3) showing at the No. 1 slot.
But the Maroon and Gray retook the lead when the No. 2 duo of sophomore Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA) and Hyde rallied from an early deficit to grab a 9-7 triumph.
In singles, sophomore Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) fired off an impressive 6-1, 6-2 performance at the No. 1 position to make it 3-1 for the Bulldogs.
Although Pomona-Pitzer cut the deficit with a win at No. 2, Redlands responded by winning all four of the remaining matches. Nanda initiated the rally with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 spot, before Brewer officially secured the Bulldogs' fifth and deciding point by taking down his No. 5 opponent, 6-3, 6-4.
Cummins and sophomore Taylor Hunt (Seattle, WA) also recorded straight-set victories at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
Redlands (13-8, 5-2 SCIAC) looks forward to a break from SCIAC competition when it travels to the 113th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament on April 26-28. For more information, please visit www.ojaitourney.org.