No. 5 Stags Top Banana Slugs, Move to Saturday's Regional Final

Julian Gordy teamed up with Niko Parodi (not pictured) to earn an important doubles victory at the top spot for CMS on Friday.
Julian Gordy teamed up with Niko Parodi (not pictured) to earn an important doubles victory at the top spot for CMS on Friday.

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis opened the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon with a 5-1 victory over the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs in the Second Round. The victory moves CMS into the Regional Final on Saturday afternoon against Trinity (TX), a 5-3 winner over UT-Tyler in the other Second Round match. CMS will face Trinity for the second time this season, having defeated the No. 15 Tigers in the opening round of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in February.

Sophomore Nikolai Parodi (CMC) led the Stags on Friday, with wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Parodi and partner Julian Gordy (CMC) avenged a loss from March 30 with a dominating 8-3 win over UC Santa Cruz's top pair Ryan Dugan and Chad Stone. Gordy and Parodi improve to 24-5 as a team, and have now won 13 straight since losing to Dugan and Stone six weeks ago. Parodi earned his 25th singles win of the season and second in less than two weeks against UC Santa Cruz's Chad LeDuff. Parodi's 6-3, 6-4 triumph put the Stags up 4-1, shortly after sophomore Daniel Park's (CMC) 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles. Oscar Burney earned the clinch for CMS, also avenging a loss from late March against Santa Cruz's Chad Stone. Burney extends his singles win streak to nine at the No. 3 position, with his last loss coming to Stone.

CMS improves to 29-3 overall and has now reached at least the Round of 16 in the D3 NCAA Team Tournament for 13 consecutive years.

#5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (5) vs. #31 UC Santa Cruz (1)
May 11, 2018 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center) - NCAA 2nd Round

Doubles
1. Julian Gordy / Nikolai Parodi (CMS) def. Chad Stone / Ryan Dugan (UCSC) 8-3
2. Magnus Ibh / Chad Leduff (UCSC) def. Oscar Burney / Jack Katzman (CMS) 8-6
3. Robert Liu/Daniel Park (CMS) def. Ryan Gee / Floyd Penners (UCSC) 8-3

Singles
1. Nikolai Parodi (CMS) def. Chad Leduff (UCSC) 6-3, 6-4
2. Jack Katzman (CMS) vs. Magnus Ibh (UCSC) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
3. Oscar Burney (CMS) def. Chad Stone (UCSC) 6-1, 6-4
4. Julian Gordy (CMS) vs. Ryan Dugan (UCSC) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
5. Daniel Park (CMS) def. Floyd Penners (UCSC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Robert Liu (CMS vs. Ryan Gee (UCSC) 6-3, 3-0, unfinished

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