Top-Ranked CMS Women's Tennis Earns Shutout Win over Cal Lutheran

Sarah Bahsoun earned a 6-0, 6-0 singles win for the Athenas
Sarah Bahsoun earned a 6-0, 6-0 singles win for the Athenas

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's team, one day after moving into the top spot in the latest national rankings, defended its No. 1 spot with a 9-0 win over Cal Lutheran in a SCIAC matchup on Friday afternoon at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

With the win, the Athenas improve to a perfect 11-0 on the season, including 3-0 in SCIAC play, while Cal Lutheran slips to 6-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference. 

CMS earned the doubles sweep relatively quickly, with Cal Lutheran able to hang close at No. 3 for the first few games before senior Madison Shea and junior Rebecca Berger earned an 8-3 win. Senior Nicole Tan and sophomore Sarah Bahsoun earned the first point with an 8-1 win at No. 2, which was followed by a win at No. 1 from first-years Gabby Lee and Justine Leong, who prevailed 8-0. 

Bahsoun picked up the first singles point for CMS quickly, earning a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4, which was followed by the clincher from senior Catherine Allen at No. 1, who earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Lee earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 after almost going through both singles and doubles without surrendering a game, extending the lead to 6-0. 

Sophomore Devon Wolfe (6-3, 6-0 at No. 2) and senior Caroline Cox (6-2, 6-2 at No. 3) follwed with singles wins to push the lead to 8-0, as Cox improved her singles record to 9-0 this spring after studying abroad in the fall. First-year Anna Kern competed the shutout by winning a tight match at No. 6 by a 6-4, 6-3 final.

CMS will be back in action on Sunday when it hosts Army West Point for a 10 a.m. contest. The originally scheduled contest with Swarthmore at 2 p.m. has been canceled.