CMS Stags' Senior Captain Skyler Butts (Santa Ana, CA) won the USTA / ITA West Regional singles title on Sunday, defeating teammate and defending champion Glenn Hull (Jr. - Brookings, OR) 6-1, 6-4. Butts becomes the first Stag in program history to win the prestigious title for a second time, doing so without the loss of a set in six matches. With the Regional tournament win, Butts earns ITA All-America honors for the third straight season and advances to the USTA / ITA Small College Nationals in Sumter, S.C. October 15-18.
Butts and Hull were joine d by eight other Stags to complete one of the most succesful Regional tournaments in recent history. CMS had five players reach the singles quarterfinals, and three advance to the semis. Senior Lestter Yeh (Arcadia, CA) gave teammate Butts his toughest challenge in a 7-5, 6-2 loss in the semis, after Yeh had knocked off fourth seed Jonathan Kim of Pomona-Pitzer in the quarters. Senior Bryan Mehall (Snowmass Village, CO) and freshman Julian Gordy (Tarzana, CA) also reached the quarters, losing to teammates Butts and Hull respectively. Juniors Alex Brenner (San Francisco, CA) and Rohan Shankar (San Jose, CA) also won four and five singles matches, taking the 2nd Round and 1st Round Consolation titles.
In doubles, Butts and Hull were paired as the top seeds in the field and advanced to the title match before falling to third seeds Kyle Richter and Adrian Sirovica of UC Santa Cruz. The doubles final was moved indoors following a morning of rain, with Richter and Sirovica prevailing 6-4, 6-4 at the Hampton Indoor Tennis Center in Riverside. Two other CMS doubles teams - Shankar and Patrick Wildman (So. - Cincinnati, OH) and freshmen Freddie Simental (San Bernardino, CA) and Avi Vemuri (Portland, OR) - reached the doubles quarterfinals.
Butts returns to ITA Small College Nationals for the second time in three years, having reached the championship match in Fort Myers, FL in 2013. He enters the tournament as the top seed in a field with last year's champion - Nick Chua of the University of Chicago - and the 2013 champion, Abishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon. Butts is trying to become the first Stag since Mike Starr in 2006 to win the ITA D3 National singles championship.