Stags drop first regular season D3 dual match since 2012, fall to #1 Emory in Stag-Hen final

Photo Ellen Friedlander
Photo Ellen Friedlander

Emory defeated #2 CMS 7-2 on Saturday in the championship match of the Stag-Hen Invitational. It was Emory's second Stag-Hen title in the tournament's nine year history. The loss for the Stags was their first against a Division III opponent during the regular season since March 24, 2012.

CMS advanced to the championship match with 6-3 win over #5 Trinity University on Saturday morning. The Stags trailed 2-1 after doubles for the first time this season, but responded by winning five of six singles matches. Freshman Avi Vemuri (Portland, OR) stayed perfect in tournament play, winning at #6 singles in straight sets. Vemuri was one of two Stags to earn points against Emory, pulling out a dramatic match tie-break win after saving three consecutive match points on his serve at 1-6, 4-5, love-forty. Senior Lestter Yeh (Arcadia, CA) was also perfect in singles play at the #5 position, winning in straight sets against Trinity in the semifinals, and then similarly earning a match tie-break win for the Stags' final point against Emory.

CMS ultimately came up short due to some inconsistent doubles play on the final day of the tournament. They used five different combinations but managed to only win one of six pro-sets against Trinity and Emory. The Stags resume dual match play on Thursday, March 17 against Division I UConn and #18 Whitman at 10 AM and 3 PM at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6) vs. #5 Trinity University (3)
March 12, 2016 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center) Stag-Hen Semifinal Match

Doubles
1. Adam Krull / Matt Tyer (TU) def. Skyler Butts / Lestter Yeh (CMS) 8-5
2. Clayton Niess / Paxton Deuel (TU) def. Daniel Morkovine / Oliver Seifert (CMS) 8-3
3. Max Macey / Bryan Mehall (CMS) def. Chas Mayer / Wilson Lambeth (TU) 8-1

Singles
1. Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Paxton Deuel (TU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Adam Krull (TU) def. Glenn Hull (CMS) 7-6(5), 6-3
3. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Wilson Lambeth (TU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Max Macey (CMS) def. Chas Mayer (TU) 6-2, 7-6(1)
5. Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Clayton Niess (TU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Avi Vemuri (CMS) def. Eliot Guin (TU) 6-2, 6-4

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

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2) vs. #1 Emory (7)
March 12, 2016 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center) Stag-Hen Championship Match

Doubles
1. James Spaulding / Scott Rubenstein (Emory) def. Skyler Butts / Daniel Morkovine (CMS) 8-3
2. Rafe Mosetick / Jonathan Jemison (Emory) def. Glenn Hull / Lestter Yeh (CMS) 8-4
3. David Omsky / Andrew Harrington (Emory) def. Max Macey / Bryan Mehall (CMS) 8-6

Singles
1. Rafe Mosetick (Emory) def. Skyler Butts (CMS) 6-1, 6-3
2. Jonathan Jemison (Emory) def. Glenn Hull (CMS) 6-1, 6-4
3. Aman Manji (Emory) def. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) 6-4, 6-2
4. Adrien Bouchet (Emory) def. Max Macey (CMS) 7-6(1), 6-2
5. Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Josh Goodman (Emory) 6-3, 6-7(1), (10-6)
6. Avi Vemuri (CMS) def. Andrew Harrington (Emory) 1-6, 7-5, (10-4)

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