Redlands cruises by Willamette
Bulldogs take 2 of 3 doubles and sweep singles action
REDLANDS, Calif. -- No. 17 Redlands defeated Willamette 8-1 as the Bearcats opened their Spring Break trip to California on Saturday. Redlands, also ranked No. 4 in the West Region, improved to 6-6 on the season. Willamette, which ranked No. 11 in the West Region, fell to 6-2.
Redlands earned a 2-1 advantage during the doubles matches with the narrow margin coming from No. 1 doubles where the Redlands team of Cameron Spearman and Anish Nanda, ranked No. 5 in the region, downed Michael Baumgartner and Matthew Houser in a tie-breaker 9-8(7). Baumgartner and Houser held one match point before Spearman and Nanda rallied to force the tie-breaker.
At No. 2 doubles, Willamette won 8-3 behind the efforts of Joshua Wong and Cody Ferguson, who defeated Jeff Hammond and Keven Wong. At No. 3 doubles, Connor Hyde and Mark Bloom of Redlands moved past Garrett Vincent and Will Cooper 8-2.
The Bulldogs triumphed in all six singles matches with the tighest contests coming in the top two positions.
In No. 1 singles, Baumgartner, ranked No. 26 in the West region, made eighth-ranked Spearman work for both sets. Spearman won 6-4, 7-6 after taking the second-set tie-breaker 8-6.
Redlands' Hyde edged Wong in a tie-breaker during the first set at No. 2 singles. Hyde, ranked No. 29 in the West, eventually won the match 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.