Men’s Tennis Advance to NCAA Semifinals in Lewiston

CMS men’s tennis has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships in Lewiston, Maine, following their Tuesday, May 13 5-2 win over Williams College. That victory, achieved in yesterday’s quarterfinals, propelled the Stags into a match at 2 p.m. today (EST) against Washington University.

This is the first time since 1994 that we have advanced to the semifinals.

The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships in Lewiston are being held through Sunday, May 18. Regardless of how they perform in today’s semi-finals, the CMS men’s tennis team also competes tomorrow. A victory today against Washington would move the Stags to finals tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST). A loss in today’s semi-finals against Washington would still make the team eligible for tomorrow’s playoffs for third place.

CMS advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships with a 5-2 win over Williams College. CMS avenged a 7-2 loss earlier this season to Williams and improved to 26-7 overall.

In related news, senior Ben Hough was named SCIAC Athlete of the Week for the week of April 28May 3. It was Hough’s performance4-0 in his singles and doubles matches that helped the Stags advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.

In the #2 ranked Stags’ 5-1 win over #20 Whitman College, Hough partnered with Eric MacColl at #2 doubles to win 8-6 and then won 6-3, 6-4 at #6 singles to put the team up 4-1. In the Stags’ 5-3 win over #1 UC Santa Cruz, he again partnered with MacColl for an 8-1 win over the reigning Ojai Tournament doubles champions and then put the team up 3-1 with his 6-4, 6-1 win at #6. The captain of the Stags is 13-8 overall in singles and 26-10 in doubles. CMS is 25-7 overall.

Stags Tennis update, May 15

The men’s tennis team finished third at the NCAA Division III Championships with a hard fought 5-4 win over Middlebury College. CMS (27-8) earned the 10th top three finish in their history.

The Stags finish the season with the most wins in their illustrious history and add another NCAA team trophy to their collection. Only two other schools in the country have as many top three NCAA finishes as CMS. The Stags had one of the most difficult schedules in the country. CMS beat 14 teams that are currently nationally ranked including eight top-10 Division III teams. CMS played 12 of the teams in the NCAA Championships including six of the seven other teams in the quarterfinals. Of their eight losses, five were to top-10 Division III teams and the other three were to NAIA schools, two of which were ranked.

Complete match results will be available at: http://abacus.bates.edu/sports/mten/08/teamstat.htm