Claremont-Mudd Scripps Men’s Tennis Sits Atop 2017 Preseason Poll

Claremont-Mudd Scripps Men’s Tennis Sits Atop 2017 Preseason Poll

Receiving all eight first-place votes, and 64 points total, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was voted the unanimous SCIAC preseason favorite in men's tennis.  The Stags will be looking for their 12th consecutive SCIAC championship and twenty-fifth overall in 2017.  The 2016 runner-up Pomona-Pitzer was tabbed second with 53 points while Redlands was close at third with 51 points.

"With a schedule as challenging as we have set for ourselves, playing conference peers is our primary focus," said CMS head coach Paul Settles.  "It's nice to be recognized as the favorite, but delivering in a conference with as many as five or six nationally ranked teams is no small feat."

Cal Lutheran (30) and Caltech (30) tied for fourth in the poll with Whittier close behind grabbing 29 points.  Rounding out the poll were Chapman (23) and Occidental (8).

The Stags went 27-5 overall and 10-0 in SCIAC play last season to advance to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated UC Santa Cruz (5-0) and Texas-Tyler (5-4) before falling to Chicago 5-2 in the NCAA Quarterfinals.  CMS will look to a trio of seniors in Daniel Morkovine, Glenn Hull and Max Macey for leadership as the Stags graduated the 2016 NCAA Men's singles champion Skyler Butts.

Pomona-Pitzer will look to challenge the Stags with the return of seniors Graham Maassen and Spencer Simonides, all-Americans in doubles last season.  The Sagehens also return senior Jake Yasgoor who saw time at No. 1 and No. 2 singles last year.

With a 18-7 overall record and 7-3 in conference Redlands will again look to challenge for the top spot returning the 2016 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Chase Lipscomb, junior Joey Dulle and senior Jake Ly. All three qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships as Lipscomb made his debut in singles as a freshman, while Dulle and Ly represented in doubles.

After fall competition in the ITA West Regional teams will return to the court in early February with the first conference contest on February 11 between Pomona-Pitzer and Cal Lutheran.  All eight teams will participate in the season-ending championship hosted by Pomona-Pitzer May 5-7.



Points (first-place votes)

1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 

64 (8)

2. Pomona-Pitzer


3. Redlands


4. Caltech


4. Cal Lutheran


6. Whittier


7. Chapman


8. Occidental