No. 5 Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 3 CMS in NCAA Quarterfinals, Ending Historic Season

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS:

Scores: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5, Wesleyan 0
Records: Wesleyan (15-4); CMS (31-3)
Location: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)
Date: Monday, May 22
The Lead: A historic 2017 season came to an end Monday night for the fifth-ranked Wesleyan University men's tennis team as the Cardinals lost to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA Quarterfinals, 5-0.

Wesleyan finished the year with a program record 15 wins, as it reached the postseason tournament for the first time ever and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. The Cardinals' historic season also featured their first-ever NESCAC regular-season title, their first-ever win over a No. 1 ranked team, their highest ranking in program history (No. 5), and their first win over Williams since 1972. Wesleyan only lost four dual matches all season, and two were against CMS.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Monday's quarterfinal featured three competitive doubles matches, despite the Cardinals falling behind 3-0.
  • Tiago Eusebio '18 and Maxwell Smith '18 held a 6-4 lead in No. 2 doubles, but Jake Berber and Glenn Hull rallied with four straight points to claim an 8-6 win.
  • CMS picked up their second win in No. 1 doubles, as Nikolai Parodi and Daniel Morkovine defeated 19th-ranked Michael Liu '17 and Jake Roberts '17 by a score of 8-4.
  • In the No. 3 spot, Jake Williams and Julian Gordy held a commanding 7-1 lead, but Steven Chen '18 and Cameron Daniels '18 rallied before falling short, 8-6.

SINGLE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps put the match away with wins in No. 1 singles and No. 4 singles, respectively.
  • Parodi, ranked eighth in the country in singles action, claimed wins of 6-3, 6-3 over Chen at the top of the lineup.
  • In No. 4 singles, Max Macey won by scores of 6-2, 6-0 over Samson.
  • Liu claimed the first set in No. 2 singles, 6-2, and was trailing 3-2 in the second against 36th-ranked Hull before the match ended.
  • Princeton Carter '20 held a 1-0 lead in No. 6 singles as well. The freshman defeated No. 31 Alex Brenner 6-3 in the first set, and was ahead 3-2 in the second.

UP NEXT:

  • While the Cardinals' season as a team is over, Chen qualified for singles in the NCAA Individual Championships, and will compete in the 32-player field beginning Thursday, May 25.
  • The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps advance to the Final Four and will play top-ranked Middlebury tomorrow. Wesleyan defeated the Panthers this season, 5-4.

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