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Patrick Lipscomb's Semifinal Showings Highlight Men's Tennis Outing at Ojai

Patrick Lipscomb advanced to the semifinals of singles and doubles during the Ojai Tournament.
Patrick Lipscomb advanced to the semifinals of singles and doubles during the Ojai Tournament.

Members of the 12th-ranked University of Redlands men's tennis team competed at the 113th Ojai Tournament over the weekend, with two semifinal showings highlighting the Bulldogs' efforts.

Following a first-round bye, sophomore Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) advanced all the way to the semifinals of the singles bracket.  He captured a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Troy Akin from Chapman University and then took down Pomona-Pitzer Colleges' Chris Weichert by scores of 6-2, 7-6(6) in the quarterfinal round.  Lipscomb punched his ticket to the semifinal by defeating Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, 6-2, 6-4.  He battled through a long three-setter against CMS' Alex Lane but came up short against the eventual runner-up, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Lipscomb and sophomore Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) also shined in the doubles competition, gaining a spot in the semifinals.  Their first-round bye set up an 8-5 showing against a George Fox University (OR) duo, which inspired an 8-2 triumph against a tandem from Whittier College.  The Bulldogs fell to the eventual champions from Cal Lutheran University, 8-2.

Sophomore Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA) also posted a pair of wins in singles for a spot in the Round of 16.  He came up with an impressive 6-1, 6-0 showing against Thomas Low of Pomona-Pitzer and then recorded a 6-4, 6-1 performance over Whittier's Andy Hansen.

Senior John Brewer (Portland, OR) provided solid results in his final Ojai Tournament of his career, winning his opening match against Frankie Allinson of Pomona-Pitzer, 6-4, 6-2.  He also teamed up with senior Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA) in doubles for a first-round victory over opponents from Chapman University, 8-2, before falling to the top-seeded duo from CLU.

Now the Bulldog men's tennis team (13-8, 5-2 SCIAC) heads to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament on Friday-Saturday, May 3-4.  Seeded third, Redlands faces sixth-seeded Occidental College in the 9:30 a.m. match on Friday at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center.