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January 26, 2008

Alums Give Stags All They Can Handle at Ducey Cup

In what will be remembered as one of the most exciting Ducey Cups ever, Stags Tennis past and present squared off for morning and afternoon matches on Saturday. Twenty (20) Stags Tennis Alums participated with the current team in a morning session of sixteen one-set doubles matches. Pictured from right to left: John Goldis (HMC '04), Eric Nelson (CMC '97), Adam Short (CMC '03), Locky Chambers (CMC '02), Brian Hallisey (CMC '99), Sunil Rajaraman (CMC '01), Garrett Lee (CMC '02), Evan Feldhausen (CMC '07), Aaron Fuhriman (CMC '04), Jason Evans (CMC '06), Eric Chow (CMC '07), David Oehm (CMC '07), Adam Altman (CMC '99), Kyle Ellison (CMC '06), William Ellison (CMC '07), John Michael Cham-A-Koon (CMC '04), Brian Baxley (HMC '72), Jack Newman (CMC '83), Kris Burrell (CMC '99), and Bill Konya (HMC '83).

For the first time in Ducey Cup history, the alums defeated the Stags 10-6 in the morning doubles competition. Three teams - Ellison / Feldhausen, Cham-A-Koon / Ellison, and Konya / Newman - were all perfect in doubles set play - in leading the alums to their unprecedented victory.

After a ninety minute lunch break replete with story telling and trash talking, the two sides returned to the courts for a dual match featuring five doubles pro-sets and eight best-of-two set singles matches. Could the experience and guile of the alums match up with the well conditioned and match tough current team?

In the doubles, William Ellison and Evan Feldhausen stayed perfect on the day with a win at #2 to help the alums take a 3-2 lead. In a pivotal momentum swing, Guillaume Schils and Lawrence Wang, with their team down 3-1 in matches, avoided their second loss of the day to Cham-A-Koon / Ellison by rallying back from a break down to win 9-8(3).

In the singles, the two Bens - Wiener and Hough - put the Stags up 4-3 with two straight set wins at #5 and #4 respectively. That would be the last lead for the Stags for some time however, as Jason Evans, Eric Chow, and Cham-A-Koon won at #7, #3 and #1 to give the alums a 6-4 advantage. Cham-A-Koon's saved two match points in his dramatic match tie-break victory over Lim at #1, which put his team in need of one win to seal the victory.  Drew Sabater's straight set win at #8 closed the gap to 6-5, but the alums were up a set in the remaining matches at #2 and #6 singles. Serving at 5-6 in the second set tie-break and facing a match point, Eric MacColl pulled out a dramatic come from behind win over William Ellison at #2.

That left the fate of the Stags on the racket of freshman Ronald Wu, serving at 4-6, 4-5 against Ellison's doubles partner Evan Feldhausen. Wu, playing with the poise of a veteran, ran off three straight games to win the second set and force the dual match deciding match tie-break. Moved to court #1 due to the failing light, both players traded points in the match tie-break until Feldhausen served at 7-8. Matching his serve and volley style with Wu's aggressive baseline play, Feldhausen charged the net on successive points. On the first, Wu passed with a spectacular backhand down the line to give the Stags their first match point. Serving at 7-9, Feldhausen again approached to the backhand but came up short on a forehand volley to give the Stags the thrilling 7-6 dual match victory.

 

CMS  7

vs.

Alums  6

 

 Doubles

 

1.

Schils / Wang

def

Cham-A-Koon / K. Ellison

9-8(3)

2.

Hough / E. MacColl

lost to

W. Ellison / Feldhausen

8-6

3.

Lim / Wu

def

Konya / Newman

8-6

4.

Keiffer / Sabater

lost to

Chow / Evans

8-6

5.

Berber / S. MacColl

lost to

Fuhriman / Oehm

8-1

Order of completion: #5, #4, #3, #2, #1 /  Alums led 3-2 after doubles

 Singles

 

1.

Mikey Lim

lost to

John Michael Cham-A-Koon

6-1, 1-6, (11-9)

2.

Eric MacColl

def

William Ellison

1-6, 7-6(6), (10-3)

3.

Lawrence Wang

lost to

Eric Chow

6-1, 6-4

4.

Ben Hough

def

David Oehm

6-2, 6-3

5.

Ben Wiener

def

John Goldis

6-2, 6-2

6.

Ronald Wu

def

Evan Feldhausen

4-6, 7-5, (10-7)

7.

Thomas Keiffer

lost to

Jason Evans

6-3, 6-1

8.

Drew Sabater

def

Kyle Ellison

6-4, 6-2

Order of completion: #5, #4, #7, #3, #1, #8, #2, #6