CMS tennis standout Warren Wood garners weekly accolade

Warren Wood (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)

Junior Warren Wood of the No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s tennis team has been named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Male Athlete of the Week for March 3-9.

Wood went 6-0 in singles and doubles as CMS won at No. 15 Whitman (7-2) and beat No. 6 Trinity (8-1) and No. 12 UC Santa Cruz (9-0) over the weekend in Walla Walla, Wash. The Del Mar native partnered with Joe Dorn at No.1 doubles to win 9-8 (3), 8-4 and 8-6 over the three matches. At No. 1 singles, he won 6-3, 7-6(4) against Whitman; 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) [including saving five match points] against Trinity’s Paxton Deuel, the fifth ranked singles player in Division III, and 6-1, 6-0 against U.C. Santa Cruz.

As a team, CMS is now 7-0 overall.

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Dowling leads resurgence at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

It usually takes a coach a couple of years to make their mark. The first year is typically a transition one, with coaches oftentimes coming in so late they don’t get a chance to bring in their own players.

In that case it’s probably three years before you see the fruits of their labor.

Well Kristen Dowling works quickly, very quickly. She took the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s program last year and fielded a team with just eight players. The Athenas went 9-16 overall and tied for sixth in the SCIAC.

But they showed considerable improvement at the tail end of the season. It was a sign of things to come.

This year all the team did was go 24-3, win the SCIAC regular season and win the postseason tournament to earn the conference playoff bid. It will be the first postseason appearance for the Athenas since 2004.

Dowling admits it was even beyond her high expectations.

“You don’t necessarily put a number on wins or a finish but I thought we could win more games than we’d lose and that would be a good step,” she said.

The scarey part for SCIAC foes is that it still isn’t team, completely recruited by Dowling. They’ll get better ever year as they adjust to her system and style of coaching.

And it’s still a relatively young team with just six seniors, the most notable being guard Madeline Barnes.

Now it’s on to the playoffs. The Athenas have drawn a road game with defending NCAA Division III national champion Depauw on Friday for its opener.

They’re a huge underdog. But no one could have expected them to be in this position, this soon.

Looking at the youth of this team, the coaching staff and a new facility on the horizon, this could be a juggernaut in the making!

 

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Locals earn All-American honors in water polo

Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches have handed out All-American honors. Several local men have been saluted. They are:

NCAA Division III

Coach of the Year – Justin Pudwell, Whittier
Player of Year – Goran Mataic, Whittier

First team
Tanner Cullen, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Clint Freeman, Redlands

Matt Fraser, Johns Hopkins
Jarrod Gaut, Pomona-Pitzer
Marko Zuric, Whittier
Erik Henrikson, Johns Hopkins

Second team
John Holland, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Craig Cheney, MIT
Brett Carter, Chapman
Wedge Molthen, Whittier
Max Zappas, Cal Lutheran
Quinn Curl, Redlands
Ryan Brunansky, Whittier

Honorable mention – Stephen Vint, Pomona-Pitzer; Kale Rogers, MIT; Filip Delic, Whittier; Rob Spencer, Connecticut College; Maarten Lefor, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Nick DeLeo, Connecticut College; Jack Stabenfeldt, Occidental; Ory Tasman, MIT; Johnny Beal, Johns Hopkins; James Kelly, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Thomas deLyon, Johns Hopkins; Ryan Higgins, Pomona-Pitzer; Mikey Robinson, Redlands; Mike Magdic, Washington and Jefferson; Nick Willison, Washington and Jefferson; Ty Elder, Penn State-Behrend; Jesse Owen, Cal Lutheran; Ben Grabowski, Caltech; Mark Alvarado, Chapman; Nick Beavers, Whittier.

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