No. 12 Redlands use singles play to pull away from No. 17 Gustavus Adolphus
No. 12 Redlands broke a tie at three in the overall scoring to earn an exciting 6-3 victory against No. 17 Gustavus Adolphus in Wednesday's non-conference bout on Verdieck Courts.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-1 lead with a pair of 8-6 decisions in the doubles matches. The No. 1 duo of sophomores Gram Leahy and Patrick Lipscomb recorded the first win of the match, while sophomores Max Licona and Teddy Jones rallied for another victory at No. 3. Amidst a tight battle, the Gusties earned the slight edge in a close 9-8 (7) effort at No. 2.
Leading 2-1, the Bulldogs continued to pull away with senior Connor Hyde's 6-3, 6-4 performance at the No. 3 slot in singles.
However, Gustavus refused to back down, firing off consecutive wins at Nos. 1 and 2 to even the count at three apiece.
Needing two of the final three singles matches for the team victory, Redlands gained positive results at every remaining position. Sophomore Taylor Hunt registered a 7-6 (3), 7-5 showing at No. 4, while senior John Brewer took down his No. 5 opponent 7-5, 7-5. Freshman Jacob Lousche secured the sixth point for the Bulldogs with his 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 triumph at No. 6.