No. 19 Bulldog Men’s Tennis Prevails over Caltech and Chapman in SCIAC Showdowns
The No. 19 University of Redlands men's tennis team fired off two important victories on Saturday to wrap up the dual-match portion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) season. First, the Bulldogs cruised to an 8-1 decision over the visiting Beavers of Caltech before capturing a 6-3 victory over the Chapman University Panthers on Verdieck Courts.
Against the Beavers, the Maroon and Gray jumped out to a 2-1 lead through the doubles competition. The No. 2 tandem of juniors Max Licona (Los Angeles, CA) and Teddy Jones (St. Louis, MO) rattled off an 8-3 decision, while the top duo of juniors Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) and Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) edged their counterparts in a 9-7 performance.
In singles, junior Ted Burchett (Gold River, CA) put together a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 5, while Lipscomb downed his No. 1 opponent by scores of 6-2, 6-1. In addition, freshman Parker Wilson (Carlsbad, CA) and Leahy registered straight-set wins for the Bulldogs.
During the Maroon and Gray's second match of the day, the team gained an early 3-0 lead with a hard-fought sweep in doubles. Freshman Jake Ly (Torrance, CA) and Burchett initiated the scoring with a nearly flawless 8-1 effort at No. 3. Licona and Jones quickly followed with their 8-4 victory at No. 2, while Lipscomb and Leahy came up with an 8-6 triumph at the top slot.
In singles, Burchett and Leahy joined forces to clinch the team's overall victory against the Panthers. Burchett prevailed over his No. 5 counterpart with a 6-2, 6-3 showing, while Leahy posted a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory at No. 4.
Lipscomb also grabbed a solid win, defeating his opponent at the No. 1 spot by scores of 6-2, 6-4.
Redlands (10-11, 4-3 SCIAC) heads to the 114th Ojai Tournament on April 25-27. For more information about the historic event, please visit the Ojai Tournament home page.