Stags stay undefeated against #4 Amherst

Daniel Morkovine (Photo Ellen Friedlander)
Daniel Morkovine (Photo Ellen Friedlander)

CMS Stags Tennis defeated #4 Amherst 6-3 in a battle of D3 giants on Friday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Warren Wood (Jr. - Del Mar, CA), Nik Marino (Jr. - San Marino), and Skyler Butts (So. - Santa Ana, CA) all won in singles and doubles, as the Stags remained undefeated at 13-0 this spring.

Marino and partner Zhenya Pereverzin (Sr. Capt - Clackamas, OR) got CMS out to an early 1-0 lead with their 8-5, two-break win at #2 doubles. Butts and partner Neel Kotrappa (Sr. - La Verne, CA) earned the Stags' second point by winning eight unanswered games for an 8-3 win at #3. Butts and Kotrappa are now 9-0 as a team this season.

All of the singles matches were straight sets, with CMS taking four of six. Amherst was first to strike, winning at #6 to even the match at 2-all. Moments later, Butts put the Stags on top for good, staying perfect against D3 competition with an easy 6-2, 6-1 win at #4. Wood was impressive in a 6-3, 6-4 win over 14th ranked Joey Fritz at the top position, increasing CMS' advantage to 4-2, before Marino clinched the dual match with his 6-1, 6-4 win at #3. Both Wood and Marino are 10-1 in dual matches at their respective positions, with no losses against D3 opponents.

CMS returns to conference play on Saturday at home against #21 Whittier. The match will be streamed live at 10:00 AM.

#3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6) vs. #4 Amherst (3)
March 21, 2014 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center)

1. Joey Fritz / Justin Reindel (Amherst) def. Joe Dorn / Warren Wood (CMS) 8-6
2. Nik Marino / Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Michael Solimano / Aaron Revzin (Amherst)  8-5
3. Neel Kotrappa / Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Anton Zykov / Andrew Yaraghi (Amherst)  8-3

1. Warren Wood (CMS) def. Joey Fritz (Amherst) 6-3, 6-4
2. Chris Dale (Amherst) def. Joe Dorn (CMS) 6-4, 6-3
3. Nikolas Marino (CMS) def. Anton Zykov (Amherst) 6-1, 6-4
4. Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Andrew Yaraghi (Amherst) 6-2, 6-1
5. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Aaron Revzin (Amherst) 6-4, 7-6(4)
6. Justin Reindel (Amherst) def. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) 6-2, 6-1

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