Despite leaving it all out on the court, the No. 13 University of Redlands men's tennis team came up short of the upset bid against the top-ranked Stags of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Saturday's second-round match of the NCAA Division III Championships. The Bulldogs battled as best as they could but suffered a 5-0 defeat in their final contest of the 2013 season.
The Stags prevailed in all three doubles matches to take an early lead over the Maroon and Gray. They recorded an 8-4 triumph at the No. 3 spot, before winning at No. 2 by a score of 8-5. The sweep was complete with an 8-6 effort at the top slot.
In singles, CMS nabbed straight-set showings at Nos. 5 and 6 to secure the overall victory.
CMS now faces fifth-ranked Cal Lutheran University in an all-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regional final.
One Bulldog highlight of the match included sophomore Patrick Lipscomb's (Irvine, CA) showing at No. 1. After dropping a tight first set, 7-5, he led his opponent by a score of 4-1 in the second when the match was decided.
Redlands finished the season with a 15-11 overall mark while making Head Coach Geoff Roche's 12th NCAA appearance of his career.
The Bulldogs look forward to cheering on Lipscomb when he competes in singles at the 2013 NCAA Division III Individual Championships on May 23-25 in Kalamazoo, MI.