CLAREMONT, Calif. -- No. 3 Williams scraped by No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in what proved to be an intensely close early-season match.

Williams won two of the three matches in doubles play, which proved to be the difference in the end. Wins came from the No. 2 team of Felix Sun and Matt Micheli and the No. 3 pair of Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie.

The Ephs needed just three of the six matches in singles play, and that is exactly what they got. Sun was first off court with a smooth, straight-set, 6-2, 6-0 victory. Petrie was next to tally a point for Williams with an equally impressive 6-0, 6-1 win. The Stags climbed back into the match with close wins at numbers one and three. Bryan Chow stepped up to give the Ephs their fifth and final point, winning his match at number five, 7-6 (5) , 6-1.

Last spring in the national quarterfinals against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps it was Chow who recorded the fifth and decisive point.

"I thought we started off strong in doubles and let them back in a little bit in singles, but we stayed tough for the win," head coach Dan Greenberg said. "Our seniors did a great job setting the tone. This was a great match for us early in the season, and we've got another tough one tomorrow."