Stags 2nd nationally in pre-season rankings
CMS Stags Tennis is ranked #2 nationally and #1 in the west in the ITA Division III Rankings released on October 31. Four Stags - Skyler Butts (So. - Santa Ana, CA), Joe Dorn (Jr. - Washington D.C.), Daniel Morkovine (Fr. - San Carlos, CA) and Max Macey (Fr. - Wilton, CT) - all earned national singles rankings.
The team's #2 national ranking marks the eighth straight year that the Stags have earned a top five spot in the fall rankings. CMS has earned year-end top five finishes in seven of those eight seasons, including last season's appearance in the NCAA team title match. Once again, the SCIAC is also well represented in the polls, with five teams - Cal Lutheran (#7), Redlands (#14), Pomona-Pitzer (#17) and Whittier (#21) - all ranked in the top tewnty-five nationally and top eight in the west. Occidental and Chapman also earned west regional team rankings (#12 and #13 respectively), meaning that seven of the eight SCIAC teams are ranked.
Individually for CMS, USTA / ITA West Regional singles champion Butts, who also reached the final of small college nationals, was the top ranked player for the Stags at #2 nationally and #1 in the west, while Dorn earned rankings of #7 in the west and #27 nationally for reaching the west regional singles semifinal. Stags freshmen Morkovine and Macey earned rankings of #15 and #16 respectively in the west, and #46 and #50 nationally. Junior Warren Wood (Del Mar, CA) was the fifth CMS player to be ranked regionally in singles, coming in at #24, while Wood and Dorn ranked #13 in doubles in the west.
The Stags begin their spring season with the Ducey Cup Alumni Match on Saturday, February 15. CMS opens their dual match schedule at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on Thursday, February 20 with a double-header against NAIA powers Westmont and Vanguard.