The No. 12-ranked Trinity University men’s tennis team came through with a solid performance in its opening match at the 2016 NCAA D-III Men’s Tennis Championship on Saturday, defeating Sewanee in a second-round match that was played in Atlanta and hosted by Emory University. The Tigers improved their record to 18-9 following a 5-1 triumph over Sewanee who closed out its campaign at 18-7.
Trinity held a 2-1 lead after doubles with its No. 2 team of Chas Meyer and Clayton Niess picking up the first point of the match, winning their fourth straight outing after notching a decisive win over Sewanee’s Avery Schober and Fletcher Kerr. Sewanee knotted the affair after its No. 1 team of Eric Roddy and Jack Gray came away victorious, but the Tigers of Trinity went ahead for good after the No. 3 tandem Wilson Lambeth and Elio Guin battled to an 8-5 triumph over Davis Owen and Scott Gallimore.
TU’s Matt Tyler earned his team’s first singles point at No. 4, earning a6-2, 6-3, decision over Connor Winkler. At third singles, Lambeth put Trinity a point from clinching with his 7-6, 6-1 outcome over Jack Gray improved his season record to 13-11. Paxton Deuel then sealed the deal for Trinity with an impressive 6-1, 6-0, win vs. Avery Schober, his 15th victory in 20 decisions this year.
Trinity will battle No. 1-ranked and host Emory for the region title on Saturday starting at 1:00 pm. The winner advances to the national quarterfinals (May 23) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.