No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeats top competition for Stag-Hen title
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won its fourth Stag-Hen Invitational title in six years, as the Stags completed a dominating weekend of tennis with an 8-1 victory against No. 2 Emory on Saturday. CMS lost only one point en route to the championship, defeating No. 12 Case Western Reserve and No. 1 Kenyon by 9-0 scores on Friday, and then Emory by an 8-1 margin on Saturday.
CMS' title run was marked by aggressive doubles play from all three of the Stags' doubles pairs. The Stags swept the doubles in each of their tournament matches and extended their streak of doubles sweeps to six, all against ranked Division III opponents. Sophomores Warren Wood and Joe Dorn faced their most difficult challenge at the top doubles position this spring, but won their fifteenth match together to complete the doubles sweep against Emory. Wood and Dorn were down 5-1 and two service breaks, but then won eight of the next 10 games to earn their eighth consecutive victory against D III competition.
Wood and Dorn returned in singles to provide the match and tournament clinching victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Wood's 6-3, 6-2 win against Ian Halpern put CMS up 4-0 in less than an hour, and then Dorn clinched with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court two.
Senior Alex Lane got his third singles victory of the tournament with a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, (10-6) win at No. 4. Lane has now gone to three sets or a deciding match tie-break in five of his last six matches. Freshman Skyler Butts won at No. 5 for his seventh victory, keeping his singles record unblemished. Senior Mac Cahill also won his third match of the tournament, earning the Stags' seventh point of the match with a 10-6 match tie-break win at No. 6.
The title match was the fourth in the tournament's history featuring CMS and Emory. The Stags won the inaugural title in 2007 with a 5-4 win against Emory. The Eagles defeated CMS 7-2 for the 2011 title. In 2012 both teams were declared co-champions when rain forced cancellation of the title match.