CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Whitman's men's tennis team's season ended Thursday with a 5-0 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), the third-ranked team in the country, in a regional semifinal of the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
CMS, now 20-4 on the season, plays in the West Region final today against the winner of today's match between No. 4 Cal Lutheran (19-2) and No. 6 UC-Santa Cruz (25-7). The winner of today's regional advances to the eight-team national championship tournament, slated for late this month at Ohio's Oberlin College.
The only Missionary to continue is Matt Solomon, who will compete in the NCAA DIII National Singles Championship at Oberline College. He is one of 32 players invited to the tournament.
CMS seized an early 3-0 lead over Whitman by sweeping the doubles matches.
Whitman Matt Solomon and teammate Etienne Moshevich led 5-4 at No. 1 doubles, but CMS's Robbie Erani and Ronald Wu took four of the next five games to win, 8-6.
After slipping behind 6-4, Whitman's No. 2 team, Nadeem Kassam and Jeff Tolman, and No. 3 team, Christoph Fuchs and Conor Holton-Burke, both lost their next two to fall 8-4.
With the start of play in singles, CMS senior captain Mikey Lim gave the Stags a 4-0 lead in the team scoring with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Tolman in the No. 2 slot.
Mac Cahill tallied the clinching fifth team with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Holton-Burke at No. 6 singles. The remaining singles matches were not finished.
This was Whitman's fourth straight season with at least 20 victories and its third consecutive Northwest Conference title. It finished the season ranked 22nd nationally and extended has a 66-match winning streak in the NWC. Its last regular season loss to a conference opponent was in April 2006.