COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Trinity men's tennis team took home its ninth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a 5-0 victory over Southwestern University on Sunday. Official Website l Bracket | Postmatch Interview
With the victory, the 14th-ranked Tigers also secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Trinity not only earned its ninth straight SCAC Championships, but this marks the program's 23rd overall SCAC men's tennis crown - the most championships by any one program in league history.
Trinity began the match with a solid sweep in doubles. First-years Jace Akagi-Okuma and Wilson Hamilton earned their 18th doubles victory of the season with a strong 8-1 win at line two. Wilson Lambeth and Jordan Pitts were the next match off the court with an 8-2 win at line one, and Tilden Oliver and Austin Crist were able to hold on for a 9-7 victory at line three to give the Tigers all three doubles points.
Akagi-Okuma continued to have a great day in singles competition, picking up a quick 6-1, 6-3 win at line four to expand his win streak to 14. Pitts was then able to clinch the match with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at line two to give the Tigers a solid 5-0 win over the Pirates.
Trinity will await an official bid from the NCAA to be announced Monday, May 7, at noon (ET).
TRINITY 5, SOUTHWESTERN 0
April 22, 2018 at Colorado Springs, Colo. (Air Force Academy Indoor Courts)
|1. Alexis Dimanche (SUMTN) vs. Wilson Hamilton (TUM) 6-2, 2-6, unfinished|
|2. Jordan Pitts (TUM) def. Dean Dulthummon (SUMTN) 6-0, 6-2|
|3. Grant Gideon (SUMTN) vs. Wilson Lambeth (TUM) 7-6 (7-5), 1-4, unfinished|
|4. Jace Akagi-Okuma (TUM) def. Tyler Norman (SUMTN) 6-1, 6-3|
|5. Jeremy Wilson (SUMTN) vs. Tilden Oliver (TUM) unfinished|
|6. Alonso Fernandez (SUMTN) vs. Clark Rivers (TUM) unfinished|
|1. Wilson Lambeth/Jordan Pitts (TUM) def. Alexis Dimanche/Grant Gideon (SUMTN) 8-2|
|2. Jace Akagi-Okuma/Wilson Hamilton (TUM) def. Dean Dulthummon/Alonso Fernandez (SUMTN) 8-1|
|3. Austin Crist/Tilden Oliver (TUM) def. David Strong/Jeremy Wilson (SUMTN) 9-7|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,2)|
|Trinity wins the 2018 SCAC Men's Tennis Championship|