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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- For the third time in as many days No. 6 Cal Lutheran took to the courts at the Poulson Tennis Center. On Thursday the Kingsmen defeated No. 28 Trinity (Conn.) 6-3 to stretch their win streak to nine.

In unusual form, Cal Lutheran and Trinity began the day with singles play as the men and women’s teams played an overlapping double header.

CLU jumped out to a 4-2 lead with Nos. 1 through 4 winning for the Violet and Gold. Nicholas Ballou cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Musyoka Mbithi on court one. Ray Worley defeated Dan Carpenter 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 and Alex Nichols had no trouble with Ned Mandel, winning 6-1, 6-3 margins in the three spot.

Things were more competitive on the fourth court where the Kingsmen team lined the baseline fence and the Bantams gathered on court five to cheer on Thomas Millet and Ilya Levin, respectively. The pair needed a tiebreaker in each set with Millet earning the edge both times for a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) victory.

On the No. 1 doubles court Ballou and Worley quickly disposed of Mbithi and David Myers with an 8-1 win to clinch the match for the Kingsmen.

Millet and Marcelo Sousa battled at No. 2 doubles, earning an 8-6 victory to conclude the match.