Chattanooga, Tenn - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team staged an epic comeback in the NCAA semifinals with a 5-4 win over Middlebury to advance to the finals tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST.
The Stags found themselves facing a 3-0 deficit after doubles and needing to win five out of the six singles matches to advance to the finals. The teams of Nikolai Parodi and Daniel Morkovine and Julian Gordy and Jake Williams both fell by 8-4 scores while Glenn Hull and Jake Berber battled but ultimately fell 9-7 in the No. 2 spot.
The Stags fell to the Panthers earlier in the season but with the addition of Hull to the singles lineup CMS was able to chip away at the 3-0 lead as Hull was the first point for the Stags winning 6-3, 7-5. Alex Brenner played two close sets winning 7-6 (5) , 7-6 (5) to give CMS their second point and close the gap to 3-2. Parodi would be the next singles match to finish as he went the distance at No.1 winning 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 to avenge an earlier season loss to Lubo Cuba.
With the match tied at 3-3 freshman Daniel Park would pull out a three set win at No. 5 singles 6-7 (3), 6-0, 6-4 to give the Stags their first lead of the match. At No. 3 singles Morkovine forced a third set after dropping the first 6-7 (0) but winning the second 6-4 before ultimately falling 6-1 in the third.
All eyes would turn to No. 4 singles as senior Max Macey had won the first set 6-4 and was in a battle in the second. Macey served for the match at 5-3 but Kyle Schlanger played tough evening the match at 5-5 before Macey would ultimately break to go up 6-5 and hold for the match.
CMS (32-3) will face Emory in the Championship match on Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST. The Stags will look to avenge a 7-2 loss to the Eagles from earlier this season.