The 13th-ranked University of Redlands men's tennis team captured a solid 5-0 win over the No. 28 University of Texas-Dallas in Friday's first-round action of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships. Competing at nearby Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, the Bulldogs swept the doubles before cruising to a pair of two-set victories in singles.
Sophomores Max Licona (Culver City, CA) and Teddy Jones (St. Louis, MO) battled through a tight contest to prevail by a score of 9-7 at the No. 3 spot, before sophomores Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) and Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) pushed by the top opponents in an 8-6 decision.
In singles, Lipscomb struck first with his 6-3, 6-1 performance at No.1 to make it 4-0 for the Maroon and Gray. The Bulldogs needed just one more match to secure the first-round triumph, when sophomore Taylor Hunt (Seattle, WA) put together a 6-1, 6-2 effort at the No. 4 slot.
Redlands (15-10) faces Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival and No. 1-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Stags won the teams' first meeting on April 6 by a score of 7-2.