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Trio of Stags make it to singles quarterfinals of NCAAs

Nikolas Marino (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – A day after capturing a second place finish at the NCAA Division III Team Championships and a second-straight 30-win season, five members of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team were back in action Thursday as part of the D-III singles and doubles championships.

The Stags had a great deal of success in singles play, as three of its four participants made in through to Friday's quarterfinal round of 8.

Top seed Warren Wood defeated Ben Hwang of Johns Hopkins 6-3, 6-1 in the round of 32, then later in the afternoon, advanced passed Wisconsin-Whitewater's Jake Humphreys 6-1, 6-3. That sets up a quarterfinal match-up against No. 5 seed Chris Krimbill of Case Western Reserve on May 23 at 9 a.m.

Junior Joe Dorn also advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Wash U's John Carswell (6-3, 7-6 (6)) and an upset win over eighth-seeded Oliver Loutsenko of Skidmore 6-3, 6-4. Dorn next faces Wade Heerboth from Kenyon Friday. 

The third Stag to advance to the quarterfinals was Nikolas Marino who took down fourth-seeded Michael Buxbaum of Johns Hopkins 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round and Matt Heinrich of Stevens 6-2, 6-2.  Marino faces Colby's Carl Reid on Friday. Sophomore Skyler Butts lost his opening round match to second-seeded Joey Fritz of national champion Amherst, 6-4, 6-3 .

In doubles play the Stags didn't have the same success with both of its teams being eliminated. Dorn and Wood, the top seeded doubles team, lost in three sets to University of Wisconsin Whitewater's Byron Balkin and Jake Humphreys in the round of 16. Butts and senior Neel Kotrappa also were knocked out in the round of 16 by Middlebury's Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz.

For more information on the singles and doubles championships including results and brackets, please visit the Tennis Championships results page.