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Nikolas Marino
Nikolas Marino
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
Year: JR
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Francis Parker
College: Claremont McKenna
Major: Science & Management

On Court: Joins Stags Tennis after a decorated junior and high school career...ranked as high as #20 in Southern California Boys 18s, and #112 nationally on tennisrecruiting.net...played #1 singles for four years and was team captain for three at Francis Parker HS, where he led his team to one CIF title and three semifinals...also league individual CIF champion 2008-2010 and All San Diego Section 1st Team selection...as a freshman started strong at the USTA / ITA West Regionals, defeating 7th seed and national ITA Player To Watch  Deven Nerenberg (Santa Cruz) and 15th seed Sabel (Pomona-Pitzer), before losing in three sets to defending champion Nick Ballou of Cal Lutheran in the quarters...partnered fellow San Diegan freshman Cameron Bernhardt in the doubles, where the unseeded duo defeated teams from Chapman, Pomona-Pitzer, and Redlands to advance to the semis...finshed the fall with singles rankings of #45 nationally and #12 in the west, and a doubles ranking of #8 in the west...began the spring at #4 and #5 singles and #3 doubles (with Wei), winning his first three singles duals and two of three doubles duals...sat out nearly five weeks from Feb 25 to March 30 with Mono, then returned against #7 Middlebury...was the Stags' most consistent singles player, going 19-3 overall and 14-1 in duals...his three losses came at the hands of NCAA singles finalist Nick Ballou (twice) and Lunghino of Middlebury...partnered Wood at #1 and #2 doubles after starting the spring with Wei, going 9-7 in duals and 14-9 overall...Marino's 19-3 singles mark is good for the 5th best singles season winning percentage in Stags Tennis history...Marino also earned SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors the week of May 7-13, for his role in both of CMS' NCAA opening round victories...also named to 2nd Team All-SCIAC for his exceptional play at the #4 singles and #1 and #2 doubles positions during the regular season...as a sophomore continued his consistently strong play, moving up from #4 to #3 singles...reached the round of 16 at the USTA / ITA West Regionals after winning two singles matches, eventually falling in three sets to Santa Cruz's Halabi...lost in the first round of doubles with partner Mac Cahill...started strong in the spring, playing #1 singles on opening day and getting a straight set win against Arizona Christian...went on to win his first eight duals, playing mostly at the #3 spot...slower start on the doubles side, playing #2 doubles with new partner Alex Lane...the pair lost two of their first three duals before moving to #3 and then winning 18 of their next 19...Marino would prove to be one of the Stags most prolific performers in both singles and doubles, going 23-4 in singles duals, and 24-5 in doubles duals enroute to overall marks of 29-6 in singles and 26-7 in doubles...he also reached the Ojai singles semis, losing to eventual champ Nick Ballou of Cal Lutheran...was one of four Stags named to the All-SCIAC Team as a 2nd Team honoree...also an ITA Player To Watch nominee from the West Region...his outstanding play in both singles and doubles put him back in the CMS Stags Tennis records for the second straight year...his 35 singles matches played and 29 wins land him16th in the matches played category and third in wins for a single season...he now appears twice on the single season winning percentage list, in seventh place for his 2012 record of 19-3, and in tenth place for his 2013 record of 29-6...Marino and partner Alex Lane place seventh in singles season wins as a team with their 24-6 mark...this season spent fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of CMC's study abroad program.

Tools: Babolat Pure Drive strung with Solinco Outlast at 55 lbs

Personal: One of three freshmen Stags from San Diego...multi-sport athlete who started tennis at age 5, but also played baseball, basketball and ran track...quit track in middle school after high jumping over protective mat and breaking collar bone, scapula, and two ribs...played soccer for eight years, including his freshman and sophomore years at Francis Parker...enjoys all genres of movies and hosts weekly movie night in his dorm room...earned ITA Scholar Athlete honors as a sophomore for attaining a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Favorite Stag: Tom Isaak (CMC '91 - golf)...first golfer in the CMS Hall of Fame, now a tennis coach at St. Augustine HS

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