@patriotstennis takes losses at Redlands

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

REDLANDS, Calif. – The No. 36-ranked UT Tyler women’s tennis team took its first loss of the season to No. 21 University of the Redlands while the men’s team suffered their fourth straight loss in California with a 5-4 defeat on Tuesday at the Verdieck Courts.

The Patriots, who started the season with 13 straight wins, would take two doubles wins and one singles victory against Redlands but would fall 6-3 to the Bulldogs on their home court and the third dual match in California.

Alexandra McKissick and Nicole Musngi earned an 8-5 win in second doubles to improve to 11-1 on the season as a team, while Lauren Kuhn and Kaitlyn Huskey took an 8-6 third doubles win to put the Patriot up 2-1 after doubles play. Kuhn and Huskey are now 12-0 on the season as a team, while first doubles teammates Mary Alice Blacketer and Tori Musngi are 11-3 after an 8-6 loss at Redlands on Tuesday.

Singles action proved to be tough for the Patriots at Redlands where they went 1-4 with Janae Warren earning the only win with a 7-5, 6-4 fifth singles victory. Warren is now 8-1 to start her senior season, while Blacketer, Tori, Kuhn, McKissick and Nicole Musngi took singles losses to the nationally-ranked Redlands team.

The UT Tyler men would win three singles matches with Joey Fischer, Pablo Gomez and Jose McIntyre earning wins, while Joey Fischer and Jack Puckey secured an 8-3 third doubles win to start the day. McIntyre, who was named the ASC Player of the Week earlier in the day, earned a 6-1, 5-7, 11-9 fifth singles win to improve to 10-2 on the season in singles play while Gomez is 6-4 this season after a 6-3, 7-6(4) fourth singles win. Fischer would claim a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 third singles win but the Redlands would secure the match by taking first singles over No. 21 Daniel Budd in a 6-2, 6-2 decision and in second singles with No. 43 Arthur Fagundes falling 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in his match.  

UT Tyler will return to action at 11 a.m. (CST) at Whitman College on Wednesday before returning home where it will host Alumni Day on Saturday.