Altamonte Springs, Florida - The 14th-ranked Trinity men's tennis team defeated #30 Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) by scores of 7-2 on Tuesday.
The Tigers' strong doubles teams captured all three matches in the opener against Stevens. Matt Tyer and Wilson Lambeth won the first line, Clayton Niess and Chas Mayer took the second, and Jordan Pitts and Liam Crawley won #3 doubles.
Needing just two wins to clinch the dual match, Crawley made it 4-0 by winning #4 singles. The clincher came at #1 singles, courtesy of Mayer. Pitts went on to win #3 singles, taking the tiebreaker 10-6, played in lieu of a third set. McKenna Fujitani came up short on the fifth line, and Tilden Oliver lost a battle at #6 singles. Oliver won the first set, lost a second-set tiebreaker, and was edged 10-6 in the second breaker of the match.
Trinity led 2-1 after doubles in the later matchup with RPI. Tyer and Lambeth won the first line, and Crawley and Pitts took the third. RPI gained a point at #2 doubles, as Mayer and Niess were edged in the pairing.
The Tigers went on to win five of six singles matches. This time, the honor of clinching went to Lambeth, who won #2 singles, making the score 5-1.
Mayer took the top position, Crawley won the fourth line, Fujitani captured #5 singles, and Oliver won the sixth line. The only singles loss came at the #3 matchup, with Pitts coming up short.
The Tigers have now won four matches in a row. They are sporting a 7-5 overall record, and are 6-2 against NCAA Division III opposition.
The Tigers conclude their Florida swing Wednesday against 15th-ranked Amherst (MA College at 11:30 a.m. EDT in Orlando.