Just a couple weeks after claiming their first National Championship in program history, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team was well represented on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III All-America Teams. Catherine Allen (SC), Lindsay Brown (CMC), and Nicole Tan (CMC) earned All-America honors as individuals with Brown and Tan earning accolades as a doubles pair as well.
Tennis has been a part of my life before I was even born. My parents met playing tennis, my aunts and uncles play tennis, my cousins play tennis, etc. So naturally at the age of four, I picked up a racket and began my almost 18-year long tennis career. Tennis is a very mental sport, so playing tournaments growing up was not easy due to the tremendous pressure and loneliness you can feel. When you are a tennis player, you don’t ever really feel like a part of a team; it is just you and your thoughts on a big tennis court. I enjoyed playing for the most part, but I never felt satisfied with my level of play, and sometimes it felt as though I shed more tears of sadness than tears of joy.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics is ranked third in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, the program’s highest finish ever. This is the second-straight year that CMS has finished in the top-5 in the country.
A historic 2018 season for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team came to an end on Friday evening when the final Athenas left in the women’s tennis individual and doubles tournaments. Catherine Allen advanced to the semifinals in the singles competition, but a lengthy three-set battle with Wesleyan’s Victoria Yu went in favor of the Cardinals’ junior. The doubles team of Nicole Tan (CMC) and Lindsay Brown (CMC) also wrapped up their run through the tournament with a three-set quarterfinal loss.
Just hours after the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team claimed the team National Championship, a small handful of Athenas were back on the court competing for individual honors. Four Athenas began play in the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Women’s Tennis Tournaments. After two rounds of play in the singles bracket, Catherine Allen (CMC) is the lone CMS representative standing on the women’s side and in doubles play, the duo of Nicole Tan (CMC) and Lindsay Brown (CMC) won their opening match to also head to Friday’s quarterfinal.
For a majority of the year, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas were ranked third in the country behind the No. 1 Emory Eagles and No. 2 Williams Ephs. For the past two decades, Emory and Williams have ruled atop NCAA Division III women's tennis, combining for the last 10 National Championships and 16 of the last 17 Titles. This week the Athenas toppled both giants on back-to-back days to claim the first National Championship in program history. Wednesday's title fight lived up to the billing with Emory and CMS trading blows throughout the entire match. In the end, it was the Athenas that landed the knockout punch from freshman Rebecca Berger (CMC) on court three with a 6-2, 6-3 win that locked up a comeback 5-4 victory for the Athenas, clinching their first NCAA Division III National Championship in program history.
Trailing 3-1 after dropping the first singles match, the No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas rattled off four-straight singles wins to clinch their first-ever appearance in the National Championship Match with a 5-3 victory over the No. 2 Williams Ephs in the National Semifinals. The victory snaps a 34-match winning streak for the defending National Champion Ephs that dates back to Apr. 9, 2017. Rebecca Berger (CMC) broke her Williams’ opponent to clinch the match for the Athenas with a thrilling 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas defended their home court in the National Quarterfinals on Monday evening at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center with a 5-0 sweep of the MIT Engineers. After a clean sweep through doubles play, seniors Lindsay Brown (CMC) and Kyla Scott (HMC) earned victories in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches, respectively to clinch CMS' spot in the National Semifinals against the No. 2 Williams Ephs. Tuesday’s semifinal against the Ephs is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released the names of the Division III Regional Award Winners on Thursday, May 17, and Lindsay Brown (CMC) was honored as the West Region Most Improved Senior.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team is making their eighth-straight appearance in the National Quarterfinals after defeating No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer for the third time this season at the NCAA Regional this past weekend. The Athenas don't have far to travel, as this year's National Championships are hosted by CMS at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The eight teams still standing include the top-five ranked teams in the nation, as well as three others ranked in the top-15.
For the eighth-straight season, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team is one of the final eight teams standing at the end of the season. On a cool and damp Saturday afternoon, the Athenas advanced to the 2018 Women's Tennis National Quarterfinals after winning the Claremont Regional with a 5-0 victory over the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Athenas battled their way through doubles play to earn a 3-0 lead heading into the six singles matches. Lindsay Brown (CMC) earned the fourth team point for CMS with a 6-3, 6-2 victory on court three before Caroline Cox (CMC) clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the final singles match.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team advanced to the Regional Championship in the NCAA Tournament with a 5-0 victory over the No. 27 Whitman Blues on Friday afternoon. The Athenas swept their way through doubles play before clinching the first two singles matches to earn the 5-0 victory. CMS made quick work of the Blues in doubles play, winning all three matches by scores of 8-2. Lindsay Brown (CMC) and Nicole Tan (CMC) teamed up at the top doubles match to earn a convincing win. For Catherine Allen (SC) and Caroline Cox (CMC) it was much of the same at No. 2 doubles. Kyla Scott (HMC) and Juliette Martin (CMC) followed suit with and 8-2 victory to head into singles play with a convincing 3-0 lead.
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team begins play in the NCAA Tournament this weekend when the Athenas host the First, Second, and Third Rounds at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. By way of their 24-2 overall record, the Athenas earned a bye through the First Round of the Tournament and will begin play against the winner of the First Round match-up between No. 37 UT Tyler and No. 27 Whitman. The Patriots and Blues play on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. CMS will square off with the winner at 10:00 a.m. on Friday with No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 20 Trinity (TX) competing in the other Second Round match.
For the 10th-straight year and 30th time in program history, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletic Department claimed the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Combined All-Sports Trophy. The Athenas earned 94 points this season and won the All-Sports Trophy on the women’s side by a 19-point margin, claiming their eighth-straight and 23rd overall. The Stags finished third in the standings on the men’s side with 65.5 points. Pomona-Pitzer won the men’s All-Sports Trophy.
Late last week, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) released the honorees for their end of season awards. The Athenas earned a total of six All-SCIAC honors with three student-athletes named First Team and three more earning Second Team accolades. Sophomore Catherine Allen (SC) highlighted the season awards, being named the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after a stellar season for the Athenas.
On Monday morning, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released the brackets for the Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships. On both the men’s and women’s sides, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been chosen as a host site for Regional competition. In addition to hosting the National Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis center from May 21-26, the venue will host men’s and women’s Regional play this weekend.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team claimed the 2018 SCIAC Tournament Title on Saturday with a 5-0 sweep of the No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Athenas took a 3-0 lead after doubles before completing the sweep with two quick victories in singles to clinch the match and earn the Automatic Qualifier to the NCAA Tournament that begins next week.
It took the Athenas just an hour and 33 minutes to put away the fourth-seeded Panthers in the Semifinals of the SCIAC Tournament on Friday afternoon. CMS did not drop a game in doubles play, earning three, 8-0 victories. In singles play, Catherine Allen (SC) and Anastasia Bryan-Ajania (SC) earned two quick points with victories of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 to clinch the match and advance CMS to the SCIAC Tournament Championship tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center against second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer.
The Athenas are currently ranked No. 3 in the country and hold the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament this weekend after putting together an overall record of 22-2 in the regular season and a 7-0 mark in SCIAC play. CMS will host fourth-seeded Chapman on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in the SCIAC Semifinals and would hold home-court advantage for the SCIAC Championships on Saturday afternoon should they advance.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 9-0 sweep of the No. 15 Washington and Lee Generals. The victory gives the Athenas a 22-2 overall record heading into the SCIAC Tournament. After cruising through doubles, the Athenas handled the Generals in singles as well, earning five victories in straight sets. Lindsay Brown (CMC) Caroline Cox (CMC), and Anastasia Bryan-Ajania (SC) led the dominate effort with identical 6-1, 6-1 win at #2, #4, and #5 singles matches, respectively.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team completed a 9-0 sweep of the Cal Lutheran Regals on Saturday morning to clinch the 20th SCIAC Championship in program history. CMS dropped just eight games in doubles play to take a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles play. Jessie Cruz (CMC) and Madison Shea (CMC) each claimed 6-0, 6-0 victories in singles play to highlight six victories in singles play for CMS.
It took just over four hours for the most recent installment of the Sixth Street rivalry to come to a close, but when the dust settled at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center it was the No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team that emerged with a hard-fought, 8-1 victory over the No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Athenas claimed the first point of the day with an 8-2 victory on the second doubles court by the team of Catherine Allen (SC) and Caroline Cox (CMC). CMS held a slim 2-1 lead after doubles play thanks to another victory from Harvey Mudders, Kyla Scott (HMC) and Juliette Martin (HMC) on court three.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team overwhelmed Whittier on Saturday morning with a 9-0 sweep of the Poets. CMS dropped a total of 14 games across all nine matches on Saturday. Three doubles victories were highlighted by an 8-0 sweep by Madison Shea (CMC) and Jessie Cruz (CMC) in the second doubles match. In singles play, Lauren Yamagami (CMC), Shea, and Caroline Cox (CMC) each earned 6-1, 6-0 victories to lead CMS to the clean sweep in the match.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team earned their 18th win of the season after breezing past No. 25 Redlands in a SCIAC matchup on Friday afternoon. The Athenas opened up a 3-0 lead at the end of doubles, before dropping just seven games across six singles matches. Rebecca Berger (CMC) and Madison Shea (CMC) dropped just one game each in their singles matches, while Jessie Cruz (CMC) and Anastasia Bryan-Ajania (SC) earned perfect, 6-0, 6-0 victories at #4 and #5 singles, respectively.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team defeated another nationally ranked opponent on Friday when they topped the No. 5 Middlebury Panthers by a 7-2 final. The Athenas built a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles play thanks in large part to a huge comeback by Caroline Cox (CMC) and Catherine Allen (SC) at the #2 doubles match. Cox and Allen trailed 7-2 in the doubles match, but rattled of five-straight games to force a tiebreaker. They then claimed the tiebreaker by a score of 7-2 and claimed the match 8-7.
For the second time in as many days, the No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the country. On Sunday afternoon the Athenas fell just short against the No. 1 Emory Eagles by a 5-4 final score. After dropping two of the three doubles matches, the Athenas won the first two singles points to take a 3-2 lead early in singles play. The Eagles battled back and won two of the next three points to level the match at 4-4 with just the top singles match still being played.
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team had their 16-match winning streak snapped on Saturday against the No. 2 Williams Ephs in a dramatic 5-4 decision. The match came down to the final court, but the Ephs had just enough left in the tank to earn the three-set victory on court six to clinch the match. Things do not get any easier for the Athenas. CMS is next in action on Sunday when they host the No. 1 Emory Eagles at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center at 10:00 a.m.