Opening day sweep

Max Macey (Fr. - Wilton, CT) and Neel Kotrappa (Sr. - LaVerne, CA). Photo by Kathy Settles
Max Macey (Fr. - Wilton, CT) and Neel Kotrappa (Sr. - LaVerne, CA). Photo by Kathy Settles

Second ranked CMS Stags Tennis had eleven players contribute to opening day wins over NAIA powerhouses #4 Westmont and #3 Vanguard on Thursday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The Stags' four freshmen - Glenn Hull (Brookings, OR), Max Macey (Wilton, CT), Daniel Morkovine (San Carlos, CA), and Rohan Shankar - accounted for six wins against no losses in their CMS dual match debuts.

Both Macey and Morkovine helped CMS take a 2-1 advantage after the doubles against Westmont. Macey partnered senior Neel Kotrappa (La Verne, CA) in a first time pairing that yielded an 8-1 win at #3 doubles to give the Stags an early 1-0 lead. Morkovine formed another first time partnership with sophomore Lestter Yeh (Arcadia, CA), with an equally auspicious result, giving CMS a 2-0 lead with their 8-3 win at #2 doubles.

After junior Joe Dorn (Washington D.C.) and Kotrappa had completed straight set wins at the #1 and #5 singles positions, Shankar provided the clinching victory at #6 singles with two long service holds at 4-3 and then 5-4 in the second set. Macey's tough two-set win at #4 singles marked the final point the Stags would earn against the fourth ranked Warriors.

Against Vanguard, CMS was equally impressive in the opening doubles matches, winning two of three against formidable opponents. At #3 doubles, Kotrappa this time partnered sophomore Bryan Mehall (Snowmass Village, CO) to an 8-4 victory and a 1-0 lead against the Lions.

After splitting #1 and #2 doubles, CMS took a 2-1 lead into singles where their first year players were again impressive. Morkovine was an easy winner at #3 singles, giving the Stags a 4-1 lead, while Hull provided the clinching win at the #5 spot. Stags veterans Nik Marino (Jr. - San Diego, CA) and Zhenya Pereverzin (Sr. Capt - Clackamas, OR) earned the remaining two points for CMS with two set wins at #2 and #4 singles respectively.

Stags Tennis returns to the BIszantz Family Tennis Center on Saturday against #23 Bates at 10:00 AM, then travel to Caltech for their SCIAC opener at 3:00 PM.

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6) vs. #4 Westmont (3)
February 20, 2014 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center)

1. Rodrigo Schaefer / Josh Barnard (Westmont) def. Zhenya Pereverzin / Joe Dorn (CMS) 8-5
2. Daniel Morkovine / Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Tim Goranson / Jon Bertram (Westmont) 8-3
3. Neel Kotrappa / Max Macey (CMS) def. Nicholas Szyndlar / Travis Kimsey (Westmont) 8-1

1. Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Rodrigo Schaefer (Westmont) 6-3, 6-1
2. Tim Goranson (Westmont) def. Nikolas Marino (CMS) 6-3, 6-4
3. Jon Bertram (Westmont) def. Lestter Yeh (CMS) 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5
4. Max Macey (CMS) def. Josh Barnard (Westmont) 7-6(2), 6-2
5. Neel Kotrappa (CMS) def. Travis Kimsey (Westmont) 7-5, 6-3
6. Rohan Shankar (CMS) def. Nicholas Szyndlar (Westmont) 6-4, 6-4

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

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6) vs. #3 Vanguard (3)
February 20, 2014 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center)

1. Stefan Kilchhofer / Daymon Johnson (Vanguard) def. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) 8-6
2. Nikolas Marino / Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Roger Muri /Filip Burnac (Vanguard) 9-7
3. Neel Kotrappa / Brian Mehall (CMS) def. Miguel Saiz Perez / Michael Rjazanov (Vanguard) 8-4

1. Stefan Kilchhofer (Vanguard) def. Warren Wood (CMS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. Nikolas Marino (CMS) def. Roger Muri (Vanguard) 7-6(6), 6-3
3. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Miguel Saiz Perez (Vanguard) 6-2, 6-3
4. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Daymon Johnson (Vanguard) 6-4, 6-2
5. Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Filip Burnac (Vanguard) 6-2, 7-6(5)
6. Michael Rjazanov (Vanguard) def. Bryan Mehall (CMS) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3

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