Stags sweep Caltech and Cal Lu to advance to SCIAC title match

Nik Marino (photo Ellen Friedlander)
Nik Marino (photo Ellen Friedlander)

Senior captain Nik Marino (Del Mar, CA) won his 30th singles match of the season and record-breaking 105th of his career, as #1 CMS Stags Tennis swept Caltech and Cal Lutheran on Friday. CMS advances to its 10th consecutive SCIAC tournament final against #3 Pomona-Pitzer, who narrowly defeated #13 Redlands in the other semifinal.

Marino's win at #3 singles broke the record for career singles victories set by Lance Au ('91), who was 104-39 in four years as a Stag. It was Marino's third win on the day, having combined with sophomore Glenn Hull (Brookings, OR) to earn two pro-set wins at #3 doubles. Hull played in the top singles spot against Caltech in the tournament quarterfinal match; however because the dual match was played to decision, his match was abandoned with him leading 6-0, 3-0. Hull returned in the semifinal match against Cal Lutheran to win at #6 singles, again without losing a game.

Each of the other four CMS starters were also three match winners, including senior captain Warren Wood (Del Mar, CA), who defeated Cal Lutheran's #1 Moises Cardenas for the second time in a week. On Friday, Wood rebounded from a set and a break of serve down to win his seventh three-set match of the season. Wood is now 26-7 in singles and 27-4 in doubles on the season.

On Saturday at Pasadena City College, CMS will face Pomona-Pitzer for the third time this season.The Stags won the first two matches by scores of 8-1 on March 14 at CMS in the Stag-Hen tournament final, and by 6-3 in a conference match at Pomona-Pitzer on April 10.

#1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (5) vs. Caltech (0)
May 1, 2015 at Pasadena, CA (Caltech Tennis Courts) - SCIAC Tournament Quarterfinal

Doubles
1. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Ruthwick Pathireddy / Southwick Pathireddy (Caltech) 8-3
2. Skyler Butts / Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Rushikesh Joshi / Morgan Lebby (Caltech) 8-4
3. Nikolas Marino / Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Alex Henny / Ishan Mehta (Caltech) 8-0

Singles
1. Glenn Hull (CMS) vs. Alex Henny (Caltech) 6-0, 3-0 DNF
2. Max Macey (CMS) vs. Leo Zornberg (Caltech) 6-0, 3-0 DNF
3. Alex Brenner (CMS) def. Fabio Arai (Caltech) 6-0, 6-0
4. Bryan Mehall (CMS) def. Zach Lipel (Caltech) 6-0, 6-0

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

#1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9) vs. #34 Cal Lutheran (0)
May 1, 2015 at Pasadena, CA (Caltech Tennis Courts) - SCIAC Tournament Semifinal

Doubles
1. Warren Wood / Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Moises Cardenas / Jesse Knight (Cal Lu) 8-1
2. Skyler Butts / Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Oliver Thornton / Fergus Scott (Cal Lu) 8-3
3. Nikolas Marino / Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Gio Valdez / Andrew Slater (Cal Lu) 8-4

Singles
1. Warren Wood (CMS) def. Moises Cardenas (Cal Lu) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Fergus Scott (Cal Lu) 6-4, 6-3
3. Nikolas Marino (CMS) def. Gio Valdez (Cal Lu) 6-2, 6-2
4. Joe Dorn (CMS) def. Oliver Thornton (Cal Lu) 6-1, 6-1
5. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Jesse Knight (Cal Lu) 6-1, 6-0
6. Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Andrew Slater (Cal Lu) 6-0, 6-0

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