The past weekend the Trinity men’s tennis team split their matches against University of the Incarnate Word and McMurry State. Both games were played on Saturday, April 5 at home back to back. The first game was against UIW and the Tigers fell 4-5 in a very close match.
The Tigers started by winning all three doubles sets. Sophomore Paxton Deuel and senior Nicolas Moreno won at No. 1 doubles, junior Jordan Mayer and senior Greg Haugen won at No. 2 doubles and junior Charlie Curtis and freshmen Clayton Niess won at No. 3. The then proceeded to lose at No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles and win at No. 5 and 6, so then it came down to No. 4 where Moreno lost in a tight match.
“It was kind of a heart breaker, we were up 2-1 after doubles and went into the singles knowing they are very strong at the top and they won at 1, 2, 3 and we won at 5, 6 and it came to no 4 singles. Nicolas Moreno a senior captain last match on the courts, goes to a tie breaker has a couple match points, gets a unlucky on a few shots and fights off a few match points, but ultimately loses 10-8 in third set tiebreaker,” head coach Russell McMindes said. “It was great match over all though, everyone competed really strong, nothing to hang your head about or lose sleep over.”
Next the Tigers faced off against McMurry, a DII school, who they defeated 7-2. They swept the doubles 3-0 and lost No. 3 and No. 5, but won the rest.
“We had a tough match against UIW, it came down to the last point. We took that loss pretty hard but regathered ourselves and won against McMurry,” first-year Manny Brown adds.
McMindes adds, “with a quick turn around and emotional match earlier we swept the doubles 3-0 and it gave us confidence going into the singles. We ended up winning 7-2 but all in all I was pleased considering our matches were back to back and there was a rain delay.”
Doubles went well for the Tigers this weekend, which was a big positive since that is something they have been working to improve all season. In the past five matches the Tigers have gone 14-1 in doubles.
“Doubles have improved very much since the beginning of the season. At the beginning of the season we went down 0-3 to Mcmurry in doubles and on saturday we went up 3-0 on Mcmurry in doubles,” Curtis said.
After defeating St. Mary’s 8-1 yesterday, the Tigers play tomorrow when they face off against University of Texas Tyler and then Texas Lutheran University in back to back matches at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.
Claire Hoobler-Curtis is the Sports Editor of the Trinitonian. She is an undecided sophomore from Lake Oswego, Oregon. She has been working for the newspaper for 2 years, formerly as the Sports Reporter.