After dropping their two matches earlier in the weekend, the Colorado College men’s tennis team ended their regular season on a high note on Sunday, posting a resounding 7-2 victory over Texas Lutheran University.
The Tigers’ busy weekend started on Friday with a matchup against the Austin College Kangaroos. After getting swept in three doubles matches, CC rallied to split the six singles matches against Austin. First-year Noah Forman continued his strong singles play this season, defeating sophomore Josh Granberry 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Daniel Holland made quick work of Austin College junior Erik Meendsen, beating him 6-4, 6-2.
“The trip was alright overall,” said Holland, “but we could use a lot of work in doubles going into conference. Singles, we played great but it’s tough to win when you start down 3-0 or 2-1 from doubles.”
Following a less-than-ideal performance against Austin, the Tigers suffered a brutal beatdown at the hands of the 14th-ranked Trinity University Tigers. Falling by a score of 9-0, the Tigers’ doubles play again dug them into a hole at the beginning of the day. Senior Jason Gutierrez put up the most resistance against Trinity first-year Ricky Mayer, dropping the first set 6-1 but coming back to battle a close 7-6 decision.
With the stinging taste of defeat still fresh in their mouths, the Tigers came out hungry against the TLU Bulldogs. Despite dropping the No. 1 doubles matchup, the Tigers were able to take a 2-1 lead at the conclusion of doubles play. No. 2 doubles partners senior Jack Benham and first-year Logan Pepperl downed their Bulldog counterparts 8-6, while first-year Kevin Barry and Holland trounced their opponents 8-1 at the No. 3 matchup.
“Everyone did a really good job digging and really making our opponents work for each point,” Holland said. “There were a lot of close matches decided by a few points and I really think come conference this hard work for every point will translate into more wins.”
CC put the leash on the Bulldogs in singles play as well, nearly sweeping TLU with the exception of one loss at the No. 2 spot. The Tigers finish the season with a 6-13 overall record. Heading into a first-round matchup with Schreiner University today, CC will no doubt look to strong players like Forman to continue to set the pace in singles play. An improvement in the doubles game could set CC up for close competition against the 13-6 Mountaineers.