May 9, 2009

Courtesy: goredlands.com

Following a first-round bye, the No. 10 University of Redlands men's tennis team battled it out against No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the second round of the NCAA Championships but came up short against the Stags by a score of 0-5.

This was the 18th consecutive season that the men's tennis team competed in the NCAA Championships.

Although the results appear one-sided, the Bulldogs fought at every slot but struggled to close out tight matches against the familiar foes. At No. 1 doubles, the duo of junior Mike Reading (Mill Creek, WA) and sophomore Cameron Spearman (Laguna Niguel, CA) held the lead at 7-6 and then faced an impressive push by the CMS team, who rattled off three straight games to win 9-7.

In singles, Redlands dropped the first two matches at the No. 1 (6-4, 6-2) and No. 2 (6-4, 6-3) positions, resulting in the tough loss. The remaining matches were not completed per NCAA rules.

Junior Jeff Hammond (Mercer Island, WA) was fighting back at the No. 6 spot with scores of 3-6, 6-3, 2-1. Senior Chris Trippel (Mercer Island, WA) had forced a third set at the No. 3 slot.

Redlands (19-9) looks forward to sending its No. 1 doubles duo of Reading and Spearman to the NCAA Individual Championships, which begin May 22 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.