CLU's No. 1 doubles pairing of Alex Nichols and Connor Treacy advanced to the finals while newcomer Moises Cardenas advanced to semifinals in singles during the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championships this past weekend.
At the conclusion of each academic and athletic year the school with the most combined championships points in Division III is honored with the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. In 2012-13 Cal Lutheran climbed in the standings from 51st a year ago to 43rd out of 328 schools nationwide this year.
After a banner year, Cal Lutheran men's tennis finished ranked as the seventh best team in the country according to the final ITA poll of the season. Nicholas Ballou ranked as the third best individual player while Ray Worley finished 28th.
Like déjà vu, the Cal Lutheran doubles team of Nicholas Ballou and Ray Worley had their season conclude as their title run was cut short in a 7-5, 7-5 Quarterfinals defeat at the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Doubles Championships hosted by Kalamazoo College just as it did a year ago.
For the second time in as many days the No. 1 Cal Lutheran team of Nicholas Ballouand Ray Worley earned a victory as a duo during the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Doubles Championships hosted by Kalamazoo College.
In a stunning sequence of events that unfolded on day one of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Individual and Doubles Championships hosted by Kalamazoo College, No. 1 seed Nicholas Ballou was upset in the Round of 16 after winning his morning match. In doubles play, No. 1 Ballou and Ray Worleyteamed up for a win after a disappointing morning for both seniors.
Entering the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Individual and Doubles Championships hosted by Kalamazoo College, Nicholas Ballou is ranked No. 1 in the nation both in singles and with teammate Ray Worley in doubles.
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.