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February 2, 2008

Stags Drop Openers to Point Loma and Cal Baptist

CMS Stags Tennis opened its 2008 campaign with losses to two nationally ranked NAIA teams on Saturday. The Stags lost 8-1 to Point Loma Nazarene in the first match of the double header, then fell 7-2 to Cal Baptist in the late afternoon match.

Against PLNU, the Stags lone point came at #3 doubles, where Texan natives Ryan Berber (So - Austin, TX) and Russell Chidester (Jr - Austin, TX - pictured right) won 8-6. In the singles, CMS did not win a set, but were competitive at #2 and #5, where Ben Hough (Sr - Spokane, WA) and Guillaume Schils (Jr - Shaker Heights, OH) lost in close straight set matches.

CMS  1

vs.

Point Loma Nazarene 8

 

1.

Schils / Wang

lost to

Bowman / Myers

8-5

2.

Hough / E. MacColl

lost to

Hilker / Wheeler

8-3

3.

Berber / Chidester

def

Cassidy Crail / Johnson

8-6

Order of completion: #2, #1, #3, /  PLNU led 2-1 after doubles

1.

Eric MacColl

lost to

Curt Wheeler

6-2, 6-3

2.

Ben Hough

lost to

Joel Myers

7-5, 6-4

3.

Thomas Keiffer

lost to

Jonathan Bowman

6-3, 6-0

4.

Russell Chidester

lost to

Craig Johnson

6-2, 6-1

5.

Guillaume Schils

lost to

Travis Albaugh

6-2, 7-6(5)

6.

Ryan Berber

lost to

Landon Hilker

6-0, 6-0

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

The afternoon match against Cal Baptist proved to be much more competitive, despite the Stags falling behind 3-0 after the doubles. Freshman Russell Brockett (Austin, TX) got CMS it's first point with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 win at #6 singles. Junior Drew Sabater (Claremont, CA) earned the Stags other point with a come from behind win at #4 singles. Junior Ben Wiener (Houston, TX) played well at #2 singles but lost a tough split set decision in a match tie-break. Similarly, senior Kirthi Narasimhan (Sugar Land, TX) lost in a third set match tie-break after winning the second set.

CMS  2

vs.

Cal Baptist 7

 

1.

Lim / Wu

lost to

Ventre / Cirne-Lima

8-3

2.

Narasimhan / Sabater

lost to

Eisikovits / Miljons

8-5

3.

Brockett / Wiener

lost to

Olobo / Meister

9-7

Order of completion: #1, #2, #3, /  CBU led 3-0 after doubles

1.

Mikey Lim

lost to

Alessandro Ventre

6-2, 6-1

2.

Ben Wiener

lost to

Carlos Cirne-Lima

6-3, 4-6, (10-3)

3.

Ronald Wu

lost to

Patrick Olobo

6-3, 6-4

4.

Drew Sabater

def

Moti Eisikovits

3-6, 6-3, 6-4

5.

Kirthi Narasimhan

lost to

Karlis Miljons

7-6(5), 2-6, (10-6)

6.

Russell Brockett

def

Andrew Meister

6-2, 6-0

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

The Stags are 0-2 overall and open their two time defense of the SCIAC title on Friday at Pomona-Pitzer.