Tiger tennis faces challenge from ASC leader

This season, the Trinity men’s and women’s teams have been very dominant with records of 12-9 and 11-9 respectively. They have also achieved high national ranks with the men’s team at no. 12 and the women’s team at no. 24.

Recent …..accomplishments…. of the men’s team include a 9-0  victory against Mary-Hardin Baylor and a 5-4 win against Gustavus Adolphus.

The men have also had their fair share of individual standout performances in recent matches including those of 6’’ 3’ New Braunfels native Adam Krull, who has won his last nine individual matches and has won two SCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honors.

Other males who have achieved high stats and honors include junior Chas Mayer of Wilmette, Illinois, winner of his last five individual matches and a recipient of the SCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week award, as well as senior Paxton Deuel of Bend, Oregon, who has won his last four doubles matches with partners Clayton Niess and Matt Tyler and garnered the same SCAC honor Krull and Mayer received. The men are currently third in their conference.

On the women’s side, the team has completed its four-game winning streak by defeating a Division II side. The Lady Tigers beat the Texas A&M at Kingsville Lady Javelinas in a close match of 5-4. They have also had decisive victories against Kalamazoo and Wellesley with scores of 9-0 and 8-1 respectively. Their individual standout include senior Gabrielle Roe of New Orleans, Louisiana who won 10 of her last 11 doubles matches with partner Lisa Southwick in very decisive margins. Lisa Southwick, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, has also done well with a seven match winning streak in March along with her doubles performances with Roe.

Southwick’s other…… partner, sophomore Marie Lutz of San Antonio, has had her fair share of solid success with a series of victorious doubles matches all over February with first year Caroline Kutach. Roe, Southwick and Lutz have all won the SCAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award once this season. The women are currently fourth in conference.     

The next opponent Trinity Tennis will face has also had a stellar season: UT at Tyler’s Patriots, who are members of the Division III American Southwest Conference (ASC).

Their men’s team is currently unranked nationally, but it does have the highest overall record in the ASC with a 14-7 overall record and is one of only two teams with a 4-0 conference record.

The men have won four of their last six matches with scoring margins as wide as 9-0.

They began the season 11-1 though they have been 4-6 since the winning streak.

The women, on the other hand, are ranked 35th nationally with an overall record of 17-2, leading the ASC in overall records like the men currently do in their respective competition. They began the season 13-0 and continue to remain unbeaten at home. For both teams from UT at Tyler, the match against Trinity will be their final regular season match before the ASC Championship Tournament, where both men’s and women’s teams currently have a strong hold on the top seed.

Like the Tigers, the Patriots have done well this season thus far and present a formidable challenge as they come to San Antonio. The men’s team will take on the Patriots on today at 3 p.m. while the Lady Tigers will face the Patriots tomorrow  morning at 10 a.m. The men’s team is currently  only three matches away from the SCAC Championship Tournament on April 22 in Kerrville, Texas. With the conference tournament nearing, the men look to finish strong in these last three games. After UT at Tyler, they will end their season on Sunday, April 17 with a doubleheader against the Whitman College Missionaries at 9 A.M. and the Schreiner Mountaineers.

The women, on the other hand, have the same conference tournament in only two matches. This includes games against UT at Tyler and Schreiner, making Sunday’s game the last game of the season. The Schreiner game will take place here at Trinity at 2 p.m.

It will be a tennis-filled weekend at Trinity with a total of five matches occurring between Friday and Sunday.