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Sophomore Chase Lipscomb's All-America Showing Highlights Bulldogs' Success at NCAA Individual Men's Tennis Championships

Sophomore Chase Lipscomb's All-America Showing Highlights Bulldogs' Success at NCAA Individual Men's Tennis Championships

It was an exciting day for the Bulldogs at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, TN, as sophomore Chase Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) became an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American with his first-round win at the NCAA Division III Individual Tennis Championships.

After eking out a triumph in the first-set tiebreak, Lipscomb struggled in the second set and ultimately fell by a score of 2-6 to Mohanad Al-Houni of Gustavus Adolphus College (MN). 

In an incredible third-set battle, the talented Bulldog stayed in the moment and overcame some big serves by his opponent to finally break him for the 5-4 lead. 

With Lipscomb serving for the match, Al-Houni answered the call to break right back, and, before long, the match was headed to another tiebreak.  Lipscomb cruised out to a 3-0 lead but again, his foe refused to go away and eventually forced a 4-all tie. 

With victory within reach, Lipscomb developed a sweet point to put away a winner for the 5-4 advantage in the final set.  Two quality serves later, he had the win on his racket for All-America honors, as defined by the ITA.

He went on to face Grant Urken of Bowdoin College (ME) in the second round but came up short in a 2-6, 3-6 decision.

In doubles, Al-Houni had his revenge against Redlands when he teamed up with Patrick Whaling to defeat senior Jake Ly (Torrance, CA) and junior Joey Dulle (St. Louis, MO), 6-3, 6-2, in the first round of doubles.

With Lipscomb's success, the Bulldogs boast seven consecutive years with at least one All-American. View the list here.