Stags Advance to SCIAC Final

Skyler Butts
Skyler Butts

Top seeded CMS Stags Tennis earned wins over 8th seeded Caltech and 5th seeded Pomona-Pitzer in the opening and semifinal rounds of the SCIAC Tournament in Whittier on Friday. CMS will face 5th ranked Cal Lutheran at 10:00 AM on Saturday at Whittier Narrows in the title match.

Skyler Butts (Fr. - Santa Ana, CA) won three matches on the day to lead all Stags. Butts and partner Neel Kotrappa (Jr. Capt. - La Verne, CA) got two wins, including a pivotal victory to put CMS up 2-1 against Pomona-Pitzer in the semifinal match. Butts returned in singles to get the Stags' fourth point of the afternoon at the #5 position. Butts is now 21-3 on the season in singles, and 22-5 with Kotrappa in doubles.

Alex Lane's (Sr. - Claremont, CA) dual match clinching win at #4 singles was his 21st victory of the spring. Lane and partner Nikolas Marino (So. - San Diego, CA) were responsible for CMS' first point against Pomona-Pitzer, an 8-1 win at #3 doubles. Other two match winners on the day were sophomores Warren Wood (Del Mar, CA) and Joe Dorn (Washington D.C.), who won at #1 doubles against Caltech and at #1 and #2 singles against Pomona-Pitzer. Senior Alex Johnson (Thousand Oaks, CA) also collected two wins, partnering Matt Ellis (Mercer Island, WA) for a win at #3 doubles against Caltech, and then returning for a straight set singles win at #6 against Pomona-Pitzer.

With the victories, CMS moves to 25-3 overall and 9-0 in conference play. Tomorrow's SCIAC Tournament championship is a re-match of the April 5th meeting between these two teams, won by CMS at Cal Lutheran by a 6-3 score.

#1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (5) vs. Caltech (0)
May 3, 2013 at Whittier, CA (Palm Park)

1. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Devashish Joshi / Luka Mernik (Caltech) 9-7
2. Neel Kotrappa / Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Ishan Metha / Amol Kamat (Caltech) 8-0
3. Alex Johnson / Matt Ellis (CMS) def. JD Co-Reyes / Rushikesh Joshi (Caltech) 8-1

1. Alex Lane (CMS) vs. Devashish Joshi (Caltech) 6-1, 3-1 DNF
2. Mac Cahill (CMS) vs. Rushikesh Joshi (Caltech) 6-2, 2-1 DNF
3. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) vs. Luka Mernik (Caltech) 6-0, 4-4 DNF
4. Oliver Seifert (CMS) def. Alex Henry (Caltech) 6-1, 6-1
5. Matt Ellis (CMS) vs. Amol Kamat (Caltech) 6-1, 4-0 DNF
6. Bryan Mehall (CMS) def. Brian Kim (Caltech) 6-0, 6-0

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

#1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (5) vs. #20 Pomona-Pitzer (1)
May 3, 2013 at Whittier, CA (Palm Park)

1. Max Sabel / Frankie Allinson (Pomona-Pitzer) def. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) 8-5
2. Neel Kotrappa / Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Connor Hudson / Connor Sutton (Pomona-Pitzer) 9-7
3. Nikolas Marino / Alex Lane (CMS) def.  Chris Wiechert / Kevin Wei (Pomona-Pitzer) 8-1

1. Warren Wood (CMS) def. Max Sabel (Pomona-Pitzer) 6-1, 6-3
2. Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Chris Wiechert (Pomona-Pitzer) 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
3. Nikolas Marino (CMS) def. Frankie Allinson (Pomona-Pitzer) 7-5, 6-4
4. Alex Lane (CMS) def. Kevin Wei (Pomona-Pitzer) 6-0, 6-2
5. Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Thomas Low (Pomona-Pitzer) 6-2, 6-3
6. Alex Johnson (CMS) def. Kevin Prescott (Pomona-Pitzer) 6-2, 6-1

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