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The CMS seniors were honored between matches
The CMS seniors were honored between matches

CMS Women's Tennis Moves to 20-0 With Senior Day Wins over HIU, Chapman

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team celebrated Senior Day at home on Saturday, and picked up a 4-0 win over Hope International and a 9-0 win over Chapman to improve to 20-0 on the year.

CMS honored Nikolina Batoshvili, Sena Selby, and Audrey Yoon in between matches, who have been a part of back-to-back NCAA Championship seasons after missing their first years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Selby and Yoon each went 3-0 on the day, with Yoon earning a 6-0, 6-0 win in singles against Hope, and Selby and Batoshvili winning the first two singles matches against Chapman to provide the clinch. 

The Hope International match started the day and was played by Division I rules, with doubles counting as one point. The match was also played until the clinch, since CMS had a league match to follow, and the Athenas were able to reach the fourth and decisive point quickly. The Athenas took the two doubles decisions they needed, with Selby and Muduo Zhou winning 6-0 at No. 2, and Ella Brissett and Alisha Chulani winning 6-2 at No. 1. 

Yoon earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles, and Zhou also picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5, with Anna Petrescu finishing off the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4. Brissett was close to a win at No. 3 when it was halted, leading 6-2, 4-1, while Arushi Malik held a 6-4, 2-0 lead at No. 6. Lindsay Eisenman was still in the first set at No. 1, leading 6-5. 

Batoshvili joined the lineup for the second match of the day against Chapman and teamed with Chulani for an 8-2 win at No. 1, after the all-senior team of Selby and Yoon started things off with an 8-1 win at No. 3. Eisenman and Brissett capped the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win at No. 2. 

Selby earned the first singles win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 2 to put CMS on the cusp of a clinch, and Batoshvili fittingly was able to provide the fifth and decisive point on Senior Day with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3. Petrescu followed shortly after with a 6-3, 6-1 win at at No. 4, and Malik (6-3, 2-6, 6-4) and Zhou (3-6, 7-5, 10-3) capped off the match with three-set wins. 

CMS will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts Pomona-Pitzer at 6 p.m. in the regular season finale, in a battle between the teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation.