RECAP: Season ends for @patriotstennis with 5-3 loss to No. 15 Trinity

Friday, May 11, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

CLAREMONT, California – UT Tyler took a 2-1 lead after doubles play but were unable to hold off No. 15 Trinity which earned a 5-3 win over the No. 29 Patriots in the NCAA Division III Championships second round on Friday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

The loss ends UT Tyler’s season with a 21-5 record, while Trinity (16-11) advances to the regional final where it will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday.

UT Tyler’s Arthur Fagundes and Pablo Gomez gave the Patriots an early advantage in the match, winning a 9-7 first doubles decision over Wilson Lambeth and Jordan Pitts. The win came after Jose Currea and Josh Vanwinkle cruised to an 8-2 third doubles win, while Daniel Rodriguez and Gabriel Hidalgo dropped a close 9-7 second doubles decision.

After UT Tyler jumped out to the 2-1 lead in doubles play, Trinity would start to make its comeback by picking up a fourth singles win over Pablo Gomez by a 6-1, 6-4 scored and then a 6-1, 6-3 third singles win over Gabriel Hidalgo. With the Tigers leading 3-2, Alvar Andres would give the Patriots a win with a 6-4, 4-1 (retired) decision in sixth singles. Trinity’s lead grew to 4-3 with Daniel Rodriguez dropping a 6-2, 7-5 second singles loss and the match would end when Jose Currea dropped a 6-2, 7-5 hard-fought fifth singles match. At one singles, Arthur Fagundes would end unfinished after he had dropped the opening set 7-5 and then rolling to a 6-1 win for the Patriots.

UT Tyler advanced to the national tournament after winning its 10th American Southwest Conference Championship title last weekend in Richardson. The Patriots have competed in 11 straight regional championship tournaments.

Singles competition
1. Wilson Hamilton (TUM) vs. Arthur Fagundes (UTTM) 7-5, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished
2. Jordan Pitts (TUM) def. Daniel Rodriguez (UTTM) 6-2, 7-5
3. Wilson Lambeth (TUM) def. Gabriel Hidalgo (UTTM) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jace Akagi-Okuma (TUM) def. Pablo Gomez (UTTM) 6-1, 6-4
5. Tilden Oliver (TUM) def. Jose Currea (UTTM) 6-2, 7-5
6. Alvar Andres (UTTM) def. Lars Wiik (TUM) 6-4, 4-1, retired
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Fagundes/Pablo Gomez (UTTM) def. Wilson Lambeth/Jordan Pitts (TUM) 9-7
2. Wilson Hamilton/Jace Akagi-Okuma (TUM) def. Daniel Rodriguez/Gabriel Hidalgo (UTTM) 9-7
3. Jose Currea/Joshua Vanwinkle (UTTM) def. Tilden Oliver/Lars Wiik (TUM) 8-2 
Match Notes
UT Tyler 21-5; National ranking #29
Trinity University 16-11; National ranking #15