Men's Tennis Finishes Strong at NCAAs
CMS' Zhenya Pereverzin (Fr. - Clackamas, OR) and Ronald Wu (Sr. - Los Altos, CA) [pictured left to right] concluded the 2011 season with a run to the NCAA doubles final, defeating teams from Middlebury, Johns Hopkins, and Amherst before falling to Bowdoin's Stephen Sullivan and Oscar Pena in the championship match. In singles, second seeded Alex Lane (So. - Claremont, CA) reached the quarterfinals, where Trinity University's Max Frey stopped the Stags' top player in a tough two-set battle.
Pereverzin and Wu began their partnership the first week in March at the Pacific Coast Doubles, when both of their regular partners (Russell Brockett and Robbie Erani - who would later pair up) went down with injuries. Qualifying for the NCAA Doubles Tournament as the #3 team in the West Region, Pereverzin and Wu saved their best tennis for the last week of the season. In the first round they knocked off #2 seeds Brantner Jones and Andy Peters of Middlebury 6-2, 6-4, in what would be Wu's last match as a Stag on Court #1 of CMS' Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
In the quarterfinals, the Stags' #1 pair faced Jacob Barnaby and Casey Blythe of Johns Hopkins, saving two set points in the opener before prevailing 7-6(7), 6-2. In the semifinals, Pereverzin and Wu played the only team that they had seen during the season in Amherst's Moritz Koenig and Wes Waterman. The re-match of Pereverzin and Wu's 8-5 dual match victory in mid-March yielded a similar result in mid-May, with the Stags' top team advancing to the final in a 6-4, 6-3 decision.
Bowdoin's Pena and Sullivan proved too tough for Pereverzin and Wu in the final, winning in two close sets 6-4, 6-4. Pereverzin and Wu become the second Stags team in the last four years to reach the NCAA doubles championship match (Schils-Wang won in 2008). They earn ITA All-American honors and a #2 ranking nationally and conclude the season with 17-9 record together. Wu's 24 doubles wins on the season give him 86 in his career at CMS - good for fifth best all-time in Stags Tennis history.
Lane's run to the quarters of the singles was as impressive as anyone's in the NCAA field, as he yielded only three games in two matches. However, Trinity's Frey - who had lost easily to Lane in San Antonio at the end of March - raised his game to new heights in securing his best win of the season, a 6-4, 6-4 battle at Pomona's Pauley Courts.
Like Pereverzin and Wu, Lane will also earn ITA All-American honors and a top ten national ranking. His 26-6 record at the #1 position is good for 10th best in Stags Tennis history in a single season for matches won and winning percentage.