Kingsmen Fall to No. 28 Mary Washington
UMW defeats CLU 6-3
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Playing in its first home match in nearly a month, the Cal Lutheran men’s tennis team took on the No. 28 University of Mary Washington (Pa.) Monday and won the No. 1 and 2 singles matches but couldn’t hang on as the Eagles defeated the Kingsmen 6-3.
CLU won their first match of the day when the No. 1 doubles combination of Alex Nichols and Connor Treacy improved to 4-2 on the year after defeating Tyler Carey and Evan Charles 8-4.
The Eagles would rally back to win the next two doubles matches as Stratton Gilmore and Brandon Griffin defeated Moises Cardenas and Fergus Scott 8-6 in the No. 2 contest and Alex Blakhin and David Lunding-Johansson dispatched Ian Slater and Jesse Knight 8-4 in the No. 3 pairing.
Cal Lutheran would again excel at the top of singles as Cardenas and Nichols both won their matches. In the No. 1 pairing, Cardenas outlasted Carey in the first set 7-6 before cruising to a second 6-3 victory.
Nichols improved his singles record to .500 at 3-3 after defeating Charles 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 game.
Mary Washington would take the match after Gilmore downed Treacy 6-1, 6-1 in No. 3’s, Lunding-Johansson got past Ian Slater at 6-4, 6-4 and Blakhin beat Sean Handley 6-1, 6-0.
In the No. 6 singles match, Griffin got a firm test from Scott but won 6-1, 6-2.
With the win, Mary Washington improves to 7-0 on the year.
Cal Lutheran (1-5 overall) will look to get back in the win column next Tuesday, March 11, when it hosts Vassar (N.Y) at 1:00 p.m.