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March 15, 2008

Stags take 3rd at Invitational

CMS Stags Tennis took third place in Stag-Hen Invitational after losing a 5-4 semifinal match to 12th ranked Kenyon and then defeating 11th ranked Bowdoin 5-2 in the rain-shortened third / fourth play-off. Trinity University and Kenyon were declared co-champs of the tournament when rain forced the two teams to abandon the match with Trinity leading 4-2 in matches.

The Stags' Ronald Wu (Fr. - Los Altos, CA) finished the weekend with a perfect 5-0 combined record at #6 singles and #3 doubles. Against Kenyon, the Stags found themselves down 2-1 after the doubles, when only Wu and Mikey Lim (So. - Honolulu, HI) were the able to get a victory at the #3 position. In the singles, CMS got the match even at 2-2 with Eric MacColl's (So - Greenbrae, CA) easy straight set win at #4. After dropping #3 singles to go down 3-2, the Stags again got even with Wu's win at #6. With the match tied at three, and Lim, Lawrence Wang (Jr. - Orange, CA) and senior captain Ben Hough (Spokane, WA) on court at #1, #2, and #5, the outcome looked promising for CMS. A one-sided loss at #1 followed by a one-sided win at #2 put the Stags at 4-all. Hough rallied from a set down to win the second, but was broken at 3-4, and lost a one-break 6-3 decisive third set.

In the 3rd / 4th play-off against Bowdoin, the Stags earned a 2-1 advantage after doubles with Guillaume Schils (Jr. - Shaker Heights, OH) and Wang winning at #1 and Lim and Wu at #3. Mike Starr (So. - San Ramon, CA) was a comfortable two set winner at #3, while Wang and Ben Wiener (Jr. - Houston, TX) won hard fought matches at #2 and #6 respectively to seal the victory for the Stags. MacColl and Drew Sabater (Jr. - Claremont, CA) were each up a set at #4 and #5 singles when rain stopped play.

Final standings for the Stag-Hen Invitational: Trinity and Kenyon co-champs, CMS 3rd, Bowdoin 4th, Whitman 5th, The College of New Jersey 6th, UT-Tyler 7th, and Pomona-Pitzer 8th.

CMS heads into spring break with a 12-4 record overall. The week of March 24th, CMS will play five (5) top eight teams in six days in Claremont and Texas.

 

CMS 4

vs

Kenyon 5

1.

Ben Wiener / Wang

lost to

Greenberg / Polster

8-3

2.

Hough / E. MacColl

lost to

Becker / Brody

8-6

3.

Lim / Wu

def

Alef / VandenBerg

8-3

Order of completion: #1, #3, #2,  /  CMS trailed 2-1 after doubles

1.

Mikey Lim

lost to

Mike Greenberg

6-1, 6-1

2.

Lawrence Wang

def

Greg Sussman

6-0, 6-1

3.

Mike Starr

lost to

Charlie Brody

6-2, 6-3

4.

Eric MacColl

def

Jeremy Polster

6-1, 6-1

5.

Ben Hough

lost to

Will VandenBerg

7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3

6.

Ronald Wu

def

Rob Alef

6-2, 6-1

Order of completion: #4, #3, #6, #1, #2, #5

 

CMS 5

vs

Bowdoin 2

1.

Schils / Wang

def

Gates / Sullivan

8-2

2.

Hough / E. MacColl

lost to

Anderson / White

8-2

3.

Lim / Wu

def

Buntman / Neely

8-5

Order of completion: #2, #1, #3  /  CMS  led 2-1 after doubles

1.

Mikey Lim

lost to

Garrett Gates

6-0, 6-2

2.

Lawrence Wang

def

Stephen Sullivan

6-2, 6-7(2), 7-6(4)

3.

Mike Starr

def

Jamie Neely

6-1, 6-3

4.

Eric MacColl

vs

Alex Caughron

6-1, 3-2 unfinished

5.

Drew Sabater

vs

Tyler Anderson

6-3, 0-1 unfinished

6.

Ben Wiener

def

Matt Knise

6-0, 7-6(0)

Order of completion: #1, #3, #6, #2 / Match abandoned due to rain