St. Peter, Minnesota - The ninth-ranked Tiger men's tennis team opened up the ITA Indoor National Championships with a 5-4 win over eighth-ranked UC-Santa Cruz on Friday night.
Trinity improved to 5-4 on the season and 3-0 against Division III opponents. The Tigers sealed the win with a three-set victory at No. 6 singles, as Charlie Curtis defeated Max Littlejohn 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 for the clincher.
After doubles, Trinity held a 2-1 lead, pulling off an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles by Nicolas Moreno and Aaron Skinner. Erick DelaFuente and Jordan Mayer started the match with an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles. Greg Haugen and Connor Dunn fell 8-6 at the third position.
Mayer won 6-3, 6-1 from the fifth position to start off singles play, putting the Tigers up 3-1 in the match. After a win by UCSC, Skinner then gave Trinity a 4-2 lead with his 6-4, 6-4 victory from the No. 1 spot.
The Banana Slugs then won the next two points, including a marathon singles match at No. 4 singles. Sam Rodgers from UCSC edged Moreno 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to tie the contest 4-4 and set up the clincher by Curtis.
Trinity continues play on Saturday, facing off against top-ranked Emory University at 2:00 p.m. Emory was an 8-1 winner over hosting Gustavus Adolphus College in its opening match on Friday.