Menlo grad helps CMS men win NCAA D-III tennis title


Menlo School grad Daniel Morkovine helped the No. 1-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team win the 2015 NCAA Division III championship with a 5-0 victory Middlebury on Wednesday in Mason, Ohio.

For the Stags, it is the second national title in program history, the other (a tie), coming in 1981.

Menlo School grad Daniel Morkovine of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Photo courtesy of CMS Athletics.
Morkovine helped get the title-clinching started with an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles with partner Skyler Butts. Morkovine was leading at No. 5 singles when the title match ended.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had suffered back-to-back losses in the 2013 and '14 national title matches.

CMS' historic season closes with a 32-2 record, undefeated against NCAA Division III opponents.

Academic awards

Six Menlo School spring sports teams earned Central Coast Section Scholastic Awards -- including champion boys' swimming and golf -- for their work in the classroom.

Menlo swimming placed first among CCS teams with a 3.62 collective GPA. Boys golf ranked No. 1 with a 3.75. The Menlo lacrosse teams placed third -- the girls with a 3.41 GPA and the boys 3.43. Taking fifth in their respective sports: baseball had a 3.40 GPA and boys track and field 3.44.

Castilleja had four ranked teams, led by the track and field squad that featured a 3.8729 GPA. The Gators also were No. 2 in softball (3.7361), No. 2 in lacrosse (3.8431) and No. 3 in swimming (3.7752).

The Sacred Heart Prep boys ranked No. 3 in tennis (3.6313) while girls swimming was No. 5 with a 3.7541 GPA.

The CCS awards, instituted by the board in 1985, recognize the top five varsity teams from each section sport, with the highest collective grade-point average of all teams competing in that sport during that season of competition.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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