ST. PETER, Minn. – On day one of the 13th annual ITA Division III National Men’s Tennis Team Indoor Championship hosted by Gustavus Adolphus, No. 11 Cal Lutheran upset No. 7 John’s Hopkins with a 5-4 victory to advance to the second round of action.
CLU doubles got started with a sweep and took a 3-0 lead entering singles play. At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Ray Worley and Nicholas Ballou defeated the No. 4 team of Tanner Brown and Erik Lim 8-2 for the first point of the day. On the No. 3 court, Thomas Millet and Marcelo Sousa pushed the lead to 2-0 with an 8-6 victory against Ben Hwang and Chris Jou before the duo of Alex Nichols and Connor Treacy defeated Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei 8-4 to conclude doubles play.
Continuing onto singles, Ballou took down Hersh 6-4, 6-2 for the fourth Cal Lutheran point of the day.
At the No. 2 singles court, a pair of nationally ranked players faced off with No. 21 Brown barely edging No. 25 Worley, winning 6-3, 6-3 (7-4) for the first John’s Hopkins’ point of the match.
The Blue Jays inched closer to the Kingsmen when Hwang defeated Nichols in three sets at 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on the third court and Lim cruised past Millet 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 to pull the team score to 4-3.
Needing just one more individual win to secure the team victory and assure advancement to the second round, CLU turned to Treacy, who earned a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 4 spot against Jensen Reiter.
The longest battle of the meet went to Noah Joachim, who defeated Sousa 6-3, 6-7 (10-4) to round out the final score.