Stags Ready for SCIAC Tournament, Open Friday with Cal Lu

Oscar Burney and the Stags begin the SCIAC Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Oscar Burney and the Stags begin the SCIAC Tournament on Friday afternoon.

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Stags are currently ranked No. 5 in the country and hold the top seed heading into the SCIAC Tournament after putting together an overall record of 26-3 in the regular season and a 7-0 mark in the SCIAC. CMS will host fourth-seeded Cal Lutheran on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in the SCIAC Semifinals and would hold home-court advantage on Saturday afternoon should they advance to the Championship.

In the other semifinal, third-seeded Caltech and second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer will square-off across the street on Friday. The winner of that match will play the winner of CMS vs. Caltech at the higher seed's home court.

See below for a quick snapshot of the teams in the field:

No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags - 26-3, 7-0 SCIAC
The Stags completed a perfect regular season SCIAC schedule, dropping just three points all season to its league competition. CMS's No. 1 singles player Nikolai Parodi has been superb this season, registering an 18-3 overall record, and has lost just once to a conference opponent this season. A force in No. 1 doubles as well, Parodi and partner Julian Gordy have amassed a 17-5 record in doubles play this season and have defeated all of their SCIAC competition.

All-SCIAC honors
      Nikolai Parodi - So. - First Team, SCIAC Athlete of the Year
      Jack Katzman - Fr. - First Team
      Oscar Burney - So. - First Team
      Julian Gordy - Jr. - First Team
      SCIAC Sportsmanship Team

No. 4 Cal Lutheran Kingsmen - 5-13, 3-4 SCIAC
The Kingsmen hold an overall record of just 5-13, but got into the SCIAC Tournament with wins over Chapman, Occidental, and Whittier in SCIAC play. Cal Lutheran's Yahn Gawrit has been featured primarily at the No. 1 singles slot for the Kingsmen this season and has amassed a record of 7-12. In doubles action, Gawrit and teammate Lucas Tilly have put together a record of 9-6 from the No. 1 doubles court.

All-SCIAC honors
      Yahn Gawrit - Jr. - First Team
      Lucas Tilly - Sr. - Second Team

When they met: The Stags and Kingsmen met on Apr. 14 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center and CMS came away with a 9-0 sweep of Cal Lutheran behind impressive play across the boards. The Stags earned straight-set victories in five of the six singles matches with Matthew Jacobs leading the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.

No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens - 15-8, 6-1 SCIAC
The Sagehens earned the second-seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a 6-1 mark in the SCIAC this season. They currently hold the No. 11 slot in the National Rankings heading into the postseason. Leading the way for Pomona-Pitzer is freshman Jed Kronenberg who has logged a 25-6 record in No. 1 singles this season. In doubles, he and partner Kalyan Chadalavada are 6-7 this season.

All-SCIAC honors
      Jed Kronenberg - Fr. - First Team, SCIAC Newcomer of the Year
      Octave Bellet - So. - Second Team
      Josh Gearou - Jr. - Second Team
      Marko Mandic - Sr. - Second Team

When they met: The Stags commanded the Sagehens on Apr. 12 in the Sixth Street rivalry, claiming a 9-0 victory on the Biszantz Family Tennis courts. CMS swept through doubles play, and while there were a pair of three-set matches and a number of other close sets, CMS completed the clean sweep. Oscar Burney turned in the most dominate performance with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles.

No. 3 Caltech Beavers - 11-6, 5-2 SCIAC
A gritty Caltech team enters the SCIAC Tournament as the third seed following an 11-6 overall record in the regular season and a 5-2 mark in the SCIAC. The Beavers are ranked 33rd in the country and are led by No. 1 singles player Varun Shanker, who holds a 14-10 record this season, while he and No. 1 doubles teammate James Wei went 18-8 in the regular season.

All-SCIAC honors
      Varun Shanker - Fr. - First Team
      James Wei - Fr. - Second Team
      Mandy Gamble - SCIAC Coach of the Year

When they met: Caltech was one of two SCIAC teams to score a point against the Stags during SCIAC play this season, when they won the No. 5 singles match. Unfortunately for the Beavers, CMS earned the other eight points on the day to claim an 8-1 victory on Apr. 21. At the top singles spot, Nikolai Parodi had to battle his way through Varun Shanker, but claimed a thrilling 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) victory.

Please note that portions of this article were borrowed from the SCIAC Men's Tennis Tournament Preview article.