CLAREMONT- Mo. 31 UC Santa Cruz fell to fifth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-1 in the second round
It was the second time the two schools have met in the past six weeks and the fourth time in five years they've met in the NCAA Tournament.
In singles, Le Duff met CMS No. 1 Nikolai Parodi for the third time this season, with Parodi taking the rubber match 6-3, 6-4. The two may meet again in the NCAA Singles Championships in two weeks. CMS clinched the match at No. 3 singles when Burney avenged an earlier loss to Chad Stone 6-1 6-4.
The Stags won their 14th straight dual match to advance to Saturday's Sweet Sixteen against Trinity (Texas).
"As a team, our biggest goal was to make the NCAA tournament. We've been training towards this goal since the beginning of September which can be physically and mentally draining for many of the players. But all of our hard work paid off and as a result we ended up facing a familiar opponent.
We knew it wasn't going to be easy considering they're one of the top teams in the country and we were missing one of star players and senior, AJ Flora. The thing is though, we came close to beating them over spring break, so our opponents knew they had to play at a high level if they wanted to beat us. Credit goes to them though because that's exactly what they did. Overall, I'm proud of my teammates and wish them the best of luck in the seasons to come!" -captain Chad Stone