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Reiter

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- No. 4 Johns Hopkins split a pair of 5-4 matches at the 2012 Stag-Hen Invitational to move to 3-2 on the season. The Blue Jays fell behind early and nearly pulled off the comeback before falling to host No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Hopkins once again fell behind after doubles but was able to rally for a win against No. 11 Washington-St. Louis. The Blue Jays were scheduled to face the No. 13 Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday morning, but the match was canceled due to inclement weather.

Claremont jumped out to a 3-0 lead by sweeping the doubles. At No. 1 10th-ranked Alex Lane and Warren Wood took the first point with an 8-2 win against Jacob Barnaby and Warren Elgort.

Victor Chien and Robbie Erani then won a close 8-6 decision at No. 3 against Andy Hersh and Jeffrey Kamei. Neel Kotrappa and Brandon Wei completed the sweep with another closely contested match at second, beating Tanner Brown and Erik Lim 9-7.

The comeback began at No. 3 singles where Ben Hwang won easily against 12th-ranked Alex Johnson, 6-3, 6-1. It was the only match decided in straight sets. Wood got the point back for the Stags, however, as Wood pulled out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 against Hersh and CMS led 4-1. Lim cut the deficit to two with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 against Kotrappa.

Jensen Reiter then came back to win his match at No. 4. He lost his first set, 6-1 to Erani before winning the second 6-2 to force a third and deciding set. He trailed 5-1 rallied to win the set, 7-5 and take the match. Fourth-ranked Lane then clinched the match for the Stags with a come-from-behind win of his own.

He lost the first set 6-4, but won the second, 7-6 (4) and third, 6-4 to put CMS up 5-3. Elgort rallied for a win at No. 5 to tally a 5-4 win.

He lost the first set 4-6, but won the second 6-4 to force a third set. He rallied to force a tiebreak in the third and trailed 6-3 in the breaker before winning 9-7 to take the match.

Hopkins faired better in the second match against the Bears. The Blue Jays once again found themselves in a deficit after doubles, trailing 2-1. But Hopkins won four of six singles to earn the come-from-behind win. Kareem Farah and Parker Chang took the first point for the Bears with an 8-5 win at No. 3 against Hersh and Kamei.

Adam and Ross Putterman then won at No. 1, beating Barnaby and Elgort 9-8 (5), to put Wash U. on top 2-0. Brown and Lim cut the deficit in half heading into singles with an 8-6 win at No. 2 against 12th-ranked Kevin Chu and Max Franklin.

Lim picked up where he in singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win at sixth against Bryan Haywood. Elgort followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Chu at fifth to put Hopkins on top 3-2. Brown pushed the Blue Jays' lead to two after a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 against 25th-ranked Ross Putterman. Adam Putterman made it a 4-3 match as he beat Hersh, 6-4, 6-0 at first. Gary Parizher then beat Hwang at third, 6-3, 6-4 to tie match at four. Reiter would give Hopkins the win when he beat Farah, 6-3, 7-5 at fourth to complete the Blue Jay comeback.