2010 CMS Stags Tennis Season in Review

2010 CMS Stags Tennis Season in Review

2010 was another banner year for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Tennis Program, with the Stags taking the third place trophy at the NCAA Division III Team Championship in Oberlin, Ohio in May. The Stags' season was one filled with team and individual accolades: a fifth consecutive undefeated conference title, a second top three national finish in the past three years, ITA All-Academic Team honors, an ITA singles title, an Ojai doubles title, and two ITA All-American awards.

The Biszantz Family Tennis Center, now in its second season as home of Stags and Athenas, garnered two coveted design awards: the American Sports Builders Assciation Outoor Facility of the Year and the City of Claremont Design Excellence for new construction and sustainable landscape. The NCAA also announced that the 2011 Division III Men's and Women's Team and Individual Championships will be returning to Biszantz after CMS successfully hosted in 2009.

Once again playing among the most challenging schedule of any Division III program, the Stags earned wins over five (5) top ten teams: #5 UC Santa Cruz (twice), #6 Washington University in St. Louis, #7 Cal Lutheran (twice), #8 Carnegie Mellon and #10 Trinity, TX (twice). In all, the Stags had wins over nine nationally ranked opponents, losing to only NCAA champions Middlebury and NCAA finalists Amherst at the Division III level. The Stags’ 24-6 record was the program’s fifth consecutive season with 24 wins or more.

In March, six CMS doubles teams participated in the presitigious Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament in La Jolla, CA against teams from the Pac-10 and other Division I programs. In April, the Ojai Valley Tournament featured an all-CMS doubles final, with the Stags' Eric MacColl (Sr. - Greenbrae, CA) and Brandon Wei (So. - Lake Oswego, OR) defeating Robbie Erani (So. - New York, NY) and Ronald Wu (Jr. - Los Altos, CA).

Senior Captain Mikey Lim (Honolulu, HI) led CMS with a 20-7 record at #2 singles, giving him 76 singles wins in his CMS career . Lim was the recipient of the ITA West Region Senior Player of the Year award, and earned ITA All-American and 1st Team All-SCIAC honors for the second time in his career. Fellow senior Eric MacColl joined Lim as one of three 1st Team All-SCIAC honorees in the Stags staring lineup. MacColl's 21 singles wins and 27 doubles wins gave him the most combined wins of any of his teammates as well as the best combined winning percentage.

Robbie Erani - the Stags' third recipient of 1st Team All-SCIAC honors - earned his second consecutive 20-win season in both singles and doubles at the #1 position. Erani also earned ITA All-American honors, was ranked as high as #3 nationally, and won the ITA West Region singles title in October.

The Stags' success in 2010 was due in large part to the consistently strong play of freshmen Alex Johnson (Thousand Oaks, CA) and Mac Cahill (Southport, CT). Playing #5 and #6 singles respectively, Johnson and Cahill each had 21-win singles records and were perfect in NCAA team tournament play. Johnson's 21-2 singles record and .913 winning percentage was the best single season in Stags Tennis history.

2010 Season Bests - By the Numbers

Singles Wins                                          21 – Eric MacColl, Alex Johnson, Mac Cahill
Doubles Wins                                         27 – Eric MacColl
Combined Wins                                      48 – Eric MacColl
Singles Winning Percentage                    .913 – Alex Johnson
Doubles Winning Percentage                   .800 – Brandon Wei
Combined Winning Percentage                .762 – Eric MacColl
ITA All-Americans                                   2 – Robbie Erani and Mikey Lim (both singles)
ITA Year-End National Singles Rankings    #10 – Robbie Erani; #18 – Mikey Lim; #41 – Eric MacColl
ITA Year-End National Doubles Rankings   #17 – Robbie Erani and Ronald Wu
ITA Scholar-Athletes                                7 – Russell Brockett, Myles Crandall, Matt Ellis, Mikey Lim,

                                                                  Alex Johnson, Spencer  MacColl, and Sam Wong