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February 18, 2012

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