LOUISVILLE, Ky. The 14th-ranked Concordia College Clippers men's tennis dropped a 5-4 decision to No. 9 Grand Canyon University on Thursday in the NCAA's Round of 16 playoffs.
Concordia held a 4-3 lead with two matches remaining, but the Antelopes finished strong to earn the comeback victory. The Clippers failed to reach the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season.
Concordia began the match with back-to-back losses in the first two doubles matches until Andreas Lindell (Helsingborg, Sweden) and David Tisserand (Lyon, France) edged out a 9-8 (8-6) victory for a win at No. 3 doubles. Lindell carried his success in the doubles match over to his No. 6 singles match with an easy 6-1, 6-2 win as Concordia evened up the score at 2-2.
Daniele Piludu would follow with a win in his No. 1 match 6-3, 6-1 victory to give the Clippers a 3-2 overall lead. Tisserand added another win for the Clippers with a 6-0 victory and a 4-3 lead before Grand Canyon swept the final two matches for the win.
The Clippers (18-8, 6-0 CACC) ended the year with more than 18 victories for the sixth straight year. Concordia also reached the NCAA Round of 16 for the eighth straight season.
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