Stags take two to start 2015

Junior Bryan Mehall (Snowmass Village, CO). Photo by Ellen Friedlander
Junior Bryan Mehall (Snowmass Village, CO). Photo by Ellen Friedlander

Second ranked CMS Stags Tennis won a pair of 7-2 dual matches against #31 Brandeis and #28 Bates to begin their 2015 campaign. All eleven roster players contributed to the doubleheader win on Saturday at CMS' Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Junior Bryan Mehall (Snowmass Village, CO [pictured right]) was one of five Stags to earn two or more on the day, with wins at #3 doubles against Brandeis and #6 singles against Bates.

CMS used six different doubles combinations to hold 2-1 advantages in both dual matches. The Stags have not trailed after doubles to a Division III opponent since the 2013 season. Daniel Morkovine (So. - San Carlos, CA) paired with Warren Wood (Sr. Capt - Del Mar, CA) for an 8-2 victory against Brandeis in the morning, and then each won with different partners in the afternoon against Bates. Wood reunited with Joe Dorn (Sr. - Washington, D.C.) at #1 doubles to put CMS up 1-0. Trailing 6-4, the Stags' #1 pair won the last four games for an 8-6 victory. Morkovine partnered junior Skyler Butts (Santa Ana, CA) for a dramatic 9-8(5) win at #2 doubles that put CMS up 2-1 against Bates heading into the singles.

CMS was dominant in singles in both dual matches at the #2 through #6 positions, not yielding a set loss in any of the ten matches. Sophomore Alex Brenner (San Francisco, CA) was successful in his Stag dual match debut, winning 6-2, 6-3 at the #5 spot against Brandeis. Brenner was joined by fellow sophomores and northern California natives Glenn Hull (Davis, CA) and Rohan Shankar (San Jose, CA), who also won convincingly at the #3 and #6 positions respectively against the Judges.

Against Bates, Butts bounced back from a tough morning defeat where he held four match points in the decisive match tie-break. Butts' straight set win at #2 against Bates put the Stags up 4-1. Senior Captain Nik Marino (San Diego, CA) provided the match clinching 6-2, 6-0 victory at #3, followed by a straight set win from sophomore Max Macey (Wilton, CT) at #5 singles.

Next up for the Stags is another doubleheader on Saturday, February 28 versus Division II UC San Diego at 11:30 AM and Division III Clark University at 4:00 PM. Both matches will be at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7) vs. #31 Brandeis (2)
February 21, 2015 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center)

1. Daniel Morkovine / Warren Wood (CMS) def. Jeffrey Cherkin / Michael Arguello (Brandeis) 8-2
2. Brian Granoff / Alec Siegel (Brandeis) def. Nik Marino / Lestter Yeh (CMS) 9-8(1)
3. Max Macey / Bryan Mehall (CMS) def. Michael Secular / Ethan Saal (Brandeis)  8-4

1. Brian Granoff (Brandeis) def. Skyler Butts (CMS) 6-2, 4-6, (11-9)
2. Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Ryan Bunis (Brandeis) 6-2, 6-1
3. Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Michael Arguello (Brandeis) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Alec Siegel (Brandeis) 7-5, 6-1
5. Alex Brenner (CMS) def. Eric Miller (Brandeis) 6-2, 6-3
6. Rohan Shankar (CMS) def. Ethan Saal (Brandeis) 6-1, 6-1

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

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7) vs. #28 Bates (2)
February 21, 2015 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center)

1. Joe Dorn / Warren Wood (CMS) def. Chris Ellis / Pierre Planche (Bates) 8-6
2. Skyler Butts / Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Henry Lee / Pat Ordway (Bates) 9-8(5)
3. Ben Rosen / Adam Schwartz (Bates) def. Nik Marino / Bryan Mehall (CMS)  9-7

1. Pierre Planche (Bates) def. Warren Wood (CMS) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
2. Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Chris Ellis (Bates) 6-2, 6-3
3. Nikolas Marino (CMS) def. Adam Schwartz (Bates) 6-2, 6-0
4. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Brent Feldman (Bates) 6-2, 7-6(3)
5. Max Macey (CMS) def. Ben Rosen (Bates) 6-1, 6-4
6. Bryan Mehall (CMS) def. Pat Ordway (Bates) 6-4, 6-1

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