It was announced on Thursday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) that the University of Redlands men's tennis team earned a preseason national ranking of 14th among all NCAA Division III programs. The Bulldogs pick up right where they left off upon the conclusion of last season with this spot among the top-30 poll. Furthermore, the ITA placed the Maroon and Gray among the best in the West with a ranking of No. 5 in the region.
Junior Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) spearheads the team as the top returning singles player after garnering the ITA's National Player to Watch Award in 2013. He finished his sophomore campaign with a stellar 21-7 record en route to earning ITA All-America honors by advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals of the singles championships. In doing so, Lipscomb matched the Bulldog men's tennis program's best individual singles finish under Head Coach Geoff Roche since 2005.
While currently studying abroad, Lipscomb was not able to participate in the Bulldogs' fall competition, which excludes him from the current individual rankings.
In addition to Lipscomb, the Bulldogs return five players who comprised the previous starting lineup, including Second-Team All-Conference player Nick Cummins (Rancho Mirage, CA). The team also welcomes a talented crew of freshmen to this year's roster.
The Bulldogs look forward to their spring season, beginning with the program's annual alumni match on February 1. They then open regular-season competition on February 18 by hosting Brandeis University (MA) in a 2 p.m. contest on Verdieck Courts.