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Neel Kotrappa
Neel Kotrappa
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 145
Year: SR
Hometown: La Verne, CA
High School: Webb School
College: Claremont McKenna
Major: Science & Management

On Court: Played #1 singles for Webb School in Claremont...first Webb School alum since Drew Sabater (HMC '09) to join Stags Tennis...made debut as a Stag as a freshman at ITA West Regionals where he reached the Round of 16 in singles before losing to teammate and #3 seed Robbie Erani in straight sets...teamed up with fellow freshman Frank Liu to reach the doubles quarterfinals before losing to eventual champs Larsen and Pybas from UC Santa Cruz...played very consistently in the spring, going 6-0 in singles dual matches and losing only one set...played with five different partners to go 6-2 in doubles dual matches...finished with 8-1 singles record and 8-3 doubles record overall...as a sophomore went 2-2 in four singles matches at USTA / ITA West Regionals, then partnered Mac Cahill to win two of three doubles matches...returned in the spring and immediately made an impact in the Stags starting singles lineup, winning his first four dual matches without losing a set...played mostly at the #5 and #6 singles positions, but also got time at #1, #2, and #4...key dual match wins against Swarthmore, UC Santa Cruz, Middlebury, and Vanguard en route to a 12-4 dual match record and 14-7 mark overall...broke into the doubles starting lineup in early March with partner Brandon Wei and the pair became the Stags most consistent, posting a 20-4 mark at #2 and #3 which was good for the fourth best single season record for a Stags team in CMS history...finished 24-6 overall in doubles, placing him in the top 20 all time for a single season winning percentage...was voted Most Improved Player by his teammates for his breakthrough season...as a junior was named Stags Captain in October for demonstrating consistent leadership on and off court...entered the USTA/ITA West Regionals unseeded and won six matches to take the singles title, defeating five seeded players en route to the championship...staved off match points in the semis at 6-3, 5-1 down before winning in three sets...defeated Pomona-Pitzer's Chris Wiechert in the final after being down a set...qualified as one of eight players in the country for Small College Nationals in Mobile, AL, where he faced seeded players in all three matches and defeated 4th seed Oliver Loutsenko of Skidmore in his second match...went 7-2 in singles and 2-1 in doubles (with Pereverzin), earning fall rankings of #2 in the west and #6 nationally in singles...his regional singles title earned him ITA All-American honors...returned in spring to compete for starting singles position, debuting dual match play at #4 against Brandeis...stayed undefeated against Division III opponents until his loss in the Ojai quarters to Cal Lutheran's #1 Nick Ballou on April 27...earned a dramatic match clinching victory against Amherst in the Stags' 5-0 NCAA semi-final win to remain undefeated against D3 opponents in dual match play...partnered Butts at the #2 doubles position, where the duo were 25-6 in dual match play and ranked 8th in the West Region....placed 5th in matches played (33) and fourth in matches won (26) for a doubles team in a single season in CMS Stags Tennis history...Kotrappa is also seventh in matches played (37) and ninth in matches won (28) during a single season for an individual doubles player...ends the season with overall singles record of 18-5 and overall doubles record of 28-9...this season is one of two seniors and one of three returning ITA All-Americans on the 2014 roster...enters the 2014 campaign with 40 career singles wins and 60 career doubles wins.

Tools: Head YOUTEK IG Speed 18x20 strung at 53 with 19g Solinco Tour Bite in the mains and 16g Solinco Vanquish in the crosses

Personal: Son of Vijay, a software engineer and successful entrepreneur, and Kavitha, a family medicine physician in San Dimas ... has one sister, Megan (15) who is a three sport varsity athlete in tennis, basketball, and track ...worked at the University of Southern California Dermatology Department as a research assistant in summer of 2012 and conducted research at Western University's Pharmacology Department in 2011... three sport varsity athlete in high school, playing Football, Basketball, and Tennis ...favorite tennis player is Del Potro for his ridiculous ball striking ability ... devoted Lakers fan and enjoys watching all types of sports, including ping pong and billiards ...dual majoring in Science and Management with a Biotechnology sequence, and is considering medicine as a career path.

Favorite Stag: Drew Sabater (Tennis, HMC '09) - fellow Webb School alum

Say What?: Volunteers anywhere between 10-15 hours a week at the Leroy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services, as a mentor as Uncommon Good, and at LINC Housing, to foster the health and wellbeing of low income seniors.