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Both CMS Tennis Teams Reach New Heights; Stags No. 1, Athenas No. 2 In D-III

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its Division III rankings on Thursday, March 28, and both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tennis teams achieved their highest rankings in program history. The Stags are now No. 1 in Division III and the Athenas are No. 2.

The Stags are 16-3 this season and a perfect 14-0 against Division III competition. 12 of the 14 wins against Division III opponents have come against teams in the ITA top-30 including wins over previous No. 1 Kenyon and No. 2 Emory at the Stag-Hen Invite. The Stags have several more matches this season against top ITA opponents including No. 4 Cal Lutheran, No. 10 UC Santa Cruz and No. 12 Redlands among others.

“I think this is another fun and exciting bullet point on the resume of a program that continues to build,” said Paul Settles, head coach of the men’s tennis team. “I keep telling the team though that the only ranking that really matters is the one at the end of the season, but this is great as well.”

On the women’s side, the Athenas are a perfect 18-0 this spring including 15 of their wins coming against Division III opponents. Of the 15 Division III wins, 11 have come against opponents ranked in the ITA top-30 with a 5-4 win over previous No. 3 Williams as the highlight win of the season so far. The Athenas have upcoming matches against No. 10 Redlands, No. 30 La Verne and No. 18 Washington & Lee left on the schedule, among others.

“I am thrilled for the team, they have worked really hard and played really hard to earn this ranking,” said Gretchen Rush Magers, head coach of the women’s tennis team. “We have played a tough schedule too which helped us earn this ranking. I have been thoroughly impressed with the team’s will to win.”

Women’s ITA Rankings (March 28)
Men’s ITA Rankings (March 28)

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