Kotrappa

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Sophomore Nikolas Marino's dramatic comeback victory at No. 3 singles erased a 4-1 deficit for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as it defeated No. 5 Williams 5-4 on Friday.

The Stags were two points from elimination with Marino serving at 4-6, 5-6, 15-30 and CMS trailing 4-3 in matches. At the same time, Stags' Captain Neel Kotrappa was up a set, but down 6-5 in the second and returning serve to stay in the set. Marino then held serve and went on to win the second set tie-break 7-1, while Kotrappa broke serve and then closed out his match with a 7-2 tie-break win.

With the dual match now tied at four, Marino was first to strike in the deciding set of the deciding match with a running backhand passing shot on break point to put him up 4-2. Three games later, he served out the match to give himself a 6-3 victory and CMS a gritty 5-4 win.

For the second consecutive day, No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles player Warren Wood earned two key wins for CMS. For the first time this season against a Division III opponent, CMS trailed after the doubles. Wood and partner Joe Dorn were easy winners at No. 1 doubles, but CMS dropped the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.

With the Stags trailing 4-1 in matches, Alex Lane got the Stags' comeback under way with his consecutive set win at No. 4. Wood was next at No. 1, which set the stage for Kotrappa and Marino to complete the win.