CARY, N.C. — For the first time in program history, Kenyon earned a spot in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Lords claimed that spot Monday after defeating the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags 5-0 in the tournament’s quarterfinal round at Cary Tennis Park.
This season included, the No. 4-ranked Lords made it to the NCAA quarterfinal round four times in the last five years. They will now make their first appearance in the semifinal round.
Kenyon built up momentum quickly Monday morning and swept the No. 5-ranked Stags in the three doubles matches. Freshman Michael Razumovsky and junior C.J. Williams ran away with an 8-4 win in the No. 2 match. Juniors Paul Burgin and Kevin Ye rallied from a game down to take the No. 3 match, 8-6, while junior Austin Griffin and freshman Tim Rosensteel, playing together for only the seventh time this season, held on for a 9-8 victory at No. 1 doubles.
The momentum from doubles play carried over into singles, where Burgin and Razumovsky sealed Kenyon’s advancement. Burgin, playing at No. 1 singles, downed Warren Wood, 6-4, 6-4, and Razumovsky, playing at No. 2, finished off Alex Lane, 6-2, 6-2.
The Lords now sport a 23-4 record this season and have not lost a singles or doubles match throughout the tournament. After earning a bye in the first round, the Kenyon men worked their way into the quarterfinal round with identical 5-0 wins against previously unbeaten Baldwin-Wallace and No. 21-ranked Mary Washington.