Abilene, Texas - The 17th-ranked Trinity men's tennis team lost two hard-fought matches to NCAA Division I member Abilene Christian University and junior college powerhouse Tyler JC on Saturday.
Abilene Christian beat Trinity 7-0 in the first match of the day, while Tyler Junior College prevailed 5-2 in the afternoon matchup.
Jordan Pitts and Wilson Lambeth won their #1 doubles match 7-5 against Abilene Christian. But the Wildcats took the second and third matches to win the doubles point, according to DI rules. Wilson Hamilton and Jacce Akagi-Okuma played #2 doubles for the Tigers, while Cameron Krimbill and Christian Settles competed on the third line.
Abilene Christian won all six singles matches, but not without a fight. Tilden Oliver won the first set of #6 singles 6-4, lost the second 4-6, and came up short 5-10 in a third-set tiebreak. Akagi-Okuma was edged 7-6 in the second set of #5 singles.
Pitts played #1 singles against ACU, Lambeth was on the #2 line, Hamilton was paired in the third match, and Krimbill played the fourth.
Trinity won the doubles point against Tyler Junior College, ranked #1 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association JUCO poll. Pitts and Lambeth won the top doubles, while Hamilton and Settles took the second line. Krimbill and Artur Zigman lost the #3 doubles matchup.
Pitts went down at #1 singles and Hamilton lost the third line. Lambeth prevailed 6-3, 6-4 at #2 singles for Trinity's other point in the match.
Krimbill fought hard and lost 5-7 in the second set of #4 singles. Akagi-Okuma lost the opening set 4-6 of #5 singles, won the second 6-2, and lost the third 6-0. Oliver was edged 7-6, 7-6 in the #6 pairing.
Trinity stands at 1-4 overall and is 1-0 in the NCAA Division III, with a 9-0 win over Hardin-Simmons (TX) University Friday. Abilene Christian is 6-3 on the season, and Tyler JC stood at 1-0 before the Apaches' late Saturday match with ACU.
The Tigers conclude their Abilene trip Sunday in a match with DIII member McMurry (TX) University at 9:00 a.m.