Stags Split Final Two in Hawaii

Zhenya Pereverzin
Zhenya Pereverzin

CMS Stags Tennis split matches with Division II opponents Hawaii-Hilo and BYU Hawaii to conclude their Hawaiian trip on Wednesday. Warren Wood (So. - Del Mar, CA) and Zhenya Pereverzin (Jr. - Clackamas, OR) each won two singles matches, as the Stags defeated Hawaii-Hilo 9-0 and then lost to #44 BYU Hawaii 5-4.

Wood earned his eleventh and twelfth wins of the year with a pair of straight set victories at #1 singles. His win against the 32nd ranked singles player in D2 - Yevhen Zakharov of BYU Hawaii - was the final point for CMS in a comeback that fell just short. Pereverzin was an easy winner in both of his matches at #6 singles, giving CMS its first points in singles in both dual matches.

After sweeping Hawaii-Hilo in the morning match, the Stags had hoped to make a statement with strong doubles against BYU Hawaii in the afternoon. Wood and partner Joe Dorn (So. - Washington D.C.) were two points from victory at #1 doubles, but suffered a tough 9-8(6) loss which completed a doubles sweep for the Seasiders. Minutes earlier, the Stags' #2 team of Neel Kotrappa (Jr. Capt - La Verne, CA) and Skyler Butts (Fr. - Santa Ana, CA) could not convert on their one break point to send their match to a tie-break, and lost for the first time as a team.

Down 3-0 after the doubles, CMS would need to win five of six singles to complete the comeback. Dorn lost in straight sets at #2 to put BYU Hawaii up 4-0, but then the Stags began their comeback. Winning comfortably at #6, #4, and then #5, CMS narrowed the gap to 4-3, with Wood up a set and a break at #1, while Butts had just come back to win the second set. Although Butts took a 3-2 lead with a break in the third, he was unable to win another game and the Seasiders clinched the dual with their fifth point. Wood's second set tie-break win at #1 completed the scoring for CMS.

CMS is 11-3 overall and heads back to Claremont to open SCIAC play this Saturday at 2:00 PM against Occidental at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

#4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9) vs. Hawaii Hilo (0)
March 20, 2013 at Laie, HI (BYU Hawaii Tennis Courts)

1. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Tom Greer-Smith / Kainoa Rosa (UHH) 8-1
2. Neel Kotrappa / Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Michael Davis / Spencer Travalino (UHH) 8-2
3. Nikolas Marino / Alex Lane (CMS) def. Makoa Rosa / Caden Yamamoto (UHH) 8-2

1. Warren Wood (CMS) def. Tom Greer-Smith (UHH) 6-1, 6-0
2. Nik Marino (CMS) def. Kainoa Rosa (UHH) 6-4, 6-1
3. Alex Lane (CMS) def. Spencer Travalino (UHH) 6-2, 6-1
4. Mac Cahill (CMS) def. Michael Davis (UHH) 7-5, 6-3
5. Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Makoa Rosa (UHH) 6-1, 6-3
6. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Caden Yamamoto (UHH) 6-1, 6-0

Order of completion
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 6, 1, 5, 3, 2, 4

#4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4) vs. BYU Hawaii (5)
March 20, 2013 at Laie, HI (BYU Hawaii Tennis Courts)

1. Yevhen Zakharov / Martin Chojnacki (BYUH) def. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) 9-8(6)
2. Peng Dai / Wei-Feng Lee (BYUH) def. Neel Kotrappa / Skyler Butts (CMS) 9-7
3. Andy Xing / Jordan Barlow (BYUH) def. Zhenya Pereverzin / Lestter Yeh (CMS) 8-5

1. Warren Wood (CMS) def. Yevhen Zakharov (BYUH) 6-3, 7-6(5)
2. Martin Chojnacki (BYUH) def. Joe Dorn (CMS) 6-3, 6-4
3. Wei-Feng Lee (BYUH) def. Skyler Butts (CMS) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
4. Neel Kotrappa (CMS) def. Jordan Barlow (BYUH) 6-3, 6-4
5. Alex Johnson (CMS) def. Isaac Hadley (BYUH) 6-2, 6-1
6. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Peng Dai (BYUH) 6-3, 6-1

Order of completion
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 2, 6, 4, 5, 3, 1