CLAREMONT, CA – On Tuesday No. 13 Williams faced off against the second best men's tennis team in the country, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (15-0). The Ephs started the contest out well by winning the doubles competition, but the Stags overwhelmed them in singles, leading to their second loss of the season. The loss drops the men to 7-2 on the season.
Although the Ephs ultimately came out on top in doubles, the two matches they won were extremely competitive. The first pair, made up of Alex Taylor '20 and Brian Grodecki '18, earned a 9-7 win against Julian Gordy and Daniel Morkovine. Meanwhile, Jordan Sadowsky '18 and Rohan Shastri '17 were forced into a tiebreak, which they decisively won 10 points to 4. The two wins seemed to bode well for the Ephs moving forward.
However, the Stags outmatched the Ephs on the singles courts. Every match went only two sets, and five of them were won by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Sachin Raghavan was the lone bright spot for Williams in this portion of the match, winning 6-3, 6-4.
For head coach Dan Greenberg, it was clear why the Stags were ranked second in the nation.
"They were too solid for us today", he said. "We squeaked out a few doubles wins, but they gave us nothing in singles, and we didn't do the work to earn the win. We'll look to bounce back tomorrow."
After facing perhaps the strongest team they will see all season, the Ephs will try to win against the Depauw University Tigers. Wednesday's contest will be the last of the team's seven California matches. The match will also take place in Claremont, at 3:00 PM PDT and 6:00 PM EDT. Upon completion, the team will take a 10 day hiatus before visiting Middlebury on April 8th.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6, Williams 3
Nikolai Parodi (CMS) def. Rohan Shastri (W) – 7-5, 6-3
Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Brian Grodecki (W) – 6-2, 6-2
Sachin Raghavan (W) def. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) – 6-3, 6-4
Patrick Wildman (CMS) def. Deepak Indrakanti (W) – 6-2, 6-3
Daniel Park (CMS) def. Alex Taylor (W) – 6-1, 6-3
Max Macey (CMS) def. Ananth Raghavan (W) – 6-3, 6-3