The menâ€™s tennis team lost two grueling matches at home last Saturday against Tyler Junior College and Laredo Community College.
â€œEvery time we walk out on the court we are trying to win â€” that is TU tennis,â€ said sophomore Jordan Mayer in an email. â€œThe teams we played were very good Junior Colleges and are always fighting for a national championship in their respective divisions.â€
Despite beating TJC 7-2 earlier in the season, the Tigers fell to the Indians 6-3 last weekend.
â€œWe played them a couple weeks ago, but they didnâ€™t have their full lineup,â€ said head coach Russell McMindes. â€œFrom a doubles standpoint, we looked pretty sharp and got some pretty convincing wins. In singles we competed well, but came up short on results. We gave ourselves a chance to win, but just couldnâ€™t quite get it done.â€
Trinity won two of the three doubles matches, with wins coming from junior Nicolas Moreno and sophomore Aaron Skinner in the No. 2 spot and junior Greg Haugen and first year Connor Dunn in the No. 3 spot. Senior Erick de la Fuente in the third position was the only singles win for the Tigers.
â€œWe were able to get some good wins on the doubles matches,â€ Moreno said. â€œOverall, competing in singles, everyone had great energy and competed as best as they could and gave it their all.â€
After a quick break, Trinity was back on the court, where they lost in a close 5-4 match against Laredo.
â€œThat was more of a tough one, just because we finished our match against TJC, gave the guys 30 minutes for lunch and got back on the court,â€ McMindes said. â€œWe rebounded well and did really well in doubles, but we just kind of ran out of gas in singles. Their top players were strong and had a little more juice at that point in the day.â€
Once again in doubles, Moreno and Skinner won in the No. 2 spot, while Haugen and Dunn clinched a victory in the third position. Mayer [in the No. 5 spot] and sophomore Charlie Curtis [in the No. 6 spot] both won their matches in singles play respectively.
â€œI thought we handled adversity very well and continued to fight through the entire match, which I was extremely pleased about,â€ Mayer said.
This weekend, the Tigers head to their biggest tournament so far this season, the ITA Indoor National Championships in St. Peter, Minn.
â€œI have a great feeling for this weekend,â€ Moreno said. â€œI think we have a really great team and we can do a lot of damage.â€