The No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) men's teams was edged, 5-3 by No. 3 Emory in the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship title match on Wednesday afternoon at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.
With the loss, CMS concludes its sensational season 33-2 overall, while Emory concludes its national championship campaign, 22-2 overall. The Stags have now finished as the national runners-up nine times (1976, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1994, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019).
In doubles action, CMS's duo of Nikolai Parodi and Julian Gordy secured an 8-4 win over Emory's Adrien Bouchet and Jonathan Jemison on the No. 1 court.
The Eagles responded with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles as James Spaulding and Will Wanner, and Hayden Cassone and Antonio Mora locked in 8-6 victories. The pairings defeated Oscar Burney and Daniel Park, and Jack Katzman and Robert Liu respectively to give Emory the 2-1 edge after doubles.
In singles action, the Stags quickly evened the score in the match at 2-2 through Nic Meister who defeated Spaulding, 6-2, 6-1 on the No. 6 court. CMS then went ahead as Katzman clinched a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cassone at No. 2 singles to give the Stags a 3-2 edge.
Emory got the point back on the No. 4 court as Mora battled past Liu, 6-3, 6-3 to make it 3-3 before Bouchet completed a hard-fought, 6-4, 6-1 win on court No. 3 to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead.
Emory then sealed the title as Jemison, who fell behind 6-3 in the first set, won the next two sets, 6-3, 6-3 over Parodi to seal the win.