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Men's Tennis Splits Openers

Sophomore Neel Kotrappa (La Verne, CA) won three times on Saturday as CMS Men's Tennis split matches with Westmont and Chapman. Kotrappa, playing at #6 singles, was one of two Stags to earn singles victories against 6th ranked Westmont. He returned in the nightcap with wins at #2 singles and #2 doubles to lead CMS to an 8-1 win against Chapman.

Freshman Nikolas Marino (San Diego, CA) was the only other singles winner at #4 versus Westmont. In three pivotal matches, junior Alex Lane (Claremont, CA) and freshman Warren Wood (Del Mar, CA) fought back from a set down at #1 and #2 singles respectively, while Mac Cahill (Southport, CT) erased a 5-2 deficit at #5 to win the first set in his match. However, the Stags were unable to capitalize in any of the decisive sets, as Westmont went on to complete the 6-3 victory.

Against Chapman, CMS took a 2-1 lead into the singles with a lineup made up of four seniors. Two of those - Brandon Wei (Lake Oswego, OR) and Victor Chien (Diamond Bar, CA) - put CMS up 4-1 with a pair of 6-1, 6-1 victories at #6 and #4 singles. Kotrappa sealed the win for the Stags with his straight set win at #2, before CMS added three match tie-break wins at #1, #3, and #5 singles.

Up next for CMS are home contests on Friday and Saturday against Washington & Lee, Caltech, and #26 Bates.

#5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3) vs. #6 (NAIA) Westmont (6)
February 18, 2012 at Montecito, CA (Abbott Tennis Courts)

Doubles
1. Alex Lane / Warren Wood (CMS) def. Bryan Cox / Rodrigo Schaeffer (Westmont) 9-7
2. Tim Goranson / John Bertram (Westmont) def. Robbie Erani / Zhenya Pereverzin / (CMS) 8-3
3. Josh Barnard / Nick Szyndlar (Westmont) def. Nikolas Marino / Brandon Wei (CMS) 8-6

Singles
1. Bryan Cox (Westmont) def. Alex Lane (CMS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
2. Rodrigo Schaeffer (Westmont) def. Warren Wood (CMS) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. Tim Goranson (Westmont) def. Alex Johnson (CMS) 6-1, 6-1
4. Nikolas Marino (CMS) def. Josh Barnard (Westmont) 6-2, 6-3
5. John Bertram (Westmont) def. Mac Cahill (CMS) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
6. Neel Kotrappa (CMS) def. Nick Szyndlar (Westmont) 6-3, 6-4

Order of completion
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 3, 4, 6, 2, 1, 5

#5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8) vs. Chapman (1)
February 18, 2012 at Claremont, CA (Biszantz Family Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. Brandon Wei / Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Dylan Tevlin / Alex Klein (Chapman) 8-4
2. Victor Chien / Neel Kotrappa (CMS) def. Andre Herd / Kevin Smyth (Chapman) 8-4
3. Justin Thompson / Chris Williams (Chapman) def. Andrew Duckworth / Max Mullen (CMS) 9-8(4)

Singles
1. Andrew Duckworth (CMS) def. Justin Thompson (Chapman) 3-6, 6-2, (10-8)
2. Neel Kotrappa (CMS) def. Andre Herd (Chapman) 6-2, 6-3
3. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMS) def. Dylan Tevlin (Chapman) 6-4, 6-7(2), (16-14)
4. Victor Chien (CMS) def. Alex Klein (Chapman) 6-1, 6-1
5. Max Mullen (CMS) def. Kyle Coates (Chapman) 6-4, 6-7(5), (10-8)
6. Brandon Wei (CMS) def. Kevin Smyth (Chapman) 6-1, 6-1

Order of completion
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 3