For the third time this spring the No. 5 Cal Lutheran men’s tennis team fell to No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The 5-1 loss ended the CLU season, though the Kingsmen producent the best record in school history in 2013.
No. 5 Cal Lutheran overcame an early deficit to earn a Second Round victory over the No. 12 UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to advance to the Third Round of action on Sunday against No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
2012 NCAA Runner-up Nicholas Ballou will have another shot at a National Championship as will teammate Ray Worley after the pair qualified for the tournament announced Thursday. The duo also qualified as a doubles team.
The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee released the field of 44 teams who will compete in the 2013 National Championships with sights on earning a national title and No. 5 Cal Lutheran was among those listed. Regional play will take place May 11-13 before the final rounds take place May 20-25 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Cal Lutheran is a win away from its first conference title in school history thanks to two wins Friday at the SCIAC Championships. CLU opened with a 5-0 victory over Chapman before defeating Redlands 7-2 in the semifinals.