Claremont-Mudd-Scripps heads to first title match since 1994
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swept Amherst 5-0 in the NCAA team championship semifinals on Tuesday at Stowe Stadium. A dramatic doubles sweep followed by convincing straight-set wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles advanced the Stags to their first NCAA championship match since 1994.
CMS was led by junior captain Neel Kotrappa and senior Alex Lane, who each had two wins on the afternoon. Lane and partner Nikolas Marino got CMS on the scoreboard first with their 8-4, two-break victory at No. 3 doubles. Kotrappa and partner Skyler Butts then earned an intense 9-8(5) win at No. 2 doubles by converting their second match point returning at 5-6 in the tiebreaker. Moments later, CMS' No. 1 team of Joe Dorn and Zhenya Pereverzin faced match point against them serving at 5-6 in their tiebreak, but converted the next three points to complete the doubles sweep.
Needing only two wins in singles to clinch, Lane and Kotrappa played focused and efficient tennis to secure their straight-set triumphs. Lane was never in trouble in his 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles, while Kotrappa reeled off the last four games to complete a 6-3, 6-3 victory for the clinch at No. 6.
CMS will face Williams in the NCAA championship match on Wednesday. CMS defeated Williams 5-4 on March 29 in the teams' only previous meeting this season.