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CMS celebrates the clinch from Warren Pham (photo courtesy of USTA)
CMS celebrates the clinch from Warren Pham (photo courtesy of USTA)

CMS Men's Tennis Pulls Out Dramatic Comeback Win over WashU in NCAA Quarterfinals

ORLANDO, Fla. - Ian Freer and Warren Pham both came back from a set down for three-set wins to take the final two points of the match as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team defeated third-ranked Washington University 5-4 in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals on Saturday at the US Tennis Association National Campus in Orlando.

With the win, CMS improves to 22-4 on the season and stretches its winning streak to 15 in a row, while advancing to the semifinal round on Monday against No. 2 Tufts. WashU sees its season come to a close at 19-7. 

Christian Settles and Pham each won in both singles and doubles for the Stags, with Pham earning an 8-0 win in doubles with Advik Mareedu and then picking up the clincher at No. 5 singles with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win. Settles won his 22nd of the season at No. 1 doubles with Matthew Robinson 8-3, and then picked up the first singles point at No. 4 with a 6-3, 6-2 win to give CMS a 3-2 advantage.

WashU, though, seemed to have the momentum by winning the first set on five of the six singles courts. Abhi Ramireddy evened the contest at two matches all with a striaght set win No. 2, while Phuc Huynh saved a set point in the first before grinding out a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 1 to pull the Bears even at 3-3. Eric Kuo then won a tight battle with Daniel Blackman at No. 6 (7-6, 6-4) to give WashU the lead 4-3. 

Freer also lost a tough first set at No. 3, and then began a comeback from 4-2 down in the second set that would swing the match in the Stags favor. He won 10 of the final 11 games of the match from Jared Phillips for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 that tied the match at 4-4.

Similarly, Warren Pham had  also dropped the first set 7-5, but raised his intensity and his level to win the final three games of the second set. Pham had a deuce point at 4-2 to go up two breaks in the third set, but Colin Scruggs of WashU was able to keep things close and force Pham to serve for the match at 5-4. Pham served out the final game with confidence, his second clinch in a big 5-4 win, including the regular season finale against Pomona-Pitzer. 

CMS will advance to face Tufts after a day off on Monday, which will be a rematch of last year's quarterfinals, which the Jumbos won 5-3. Tufts also won a regular season rematch at CMS back on March 24 by a 7-2 score. 

#6 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (5) vs. #3 Washington University St. Louis (4)
May 13, 2023 at Lake Nona, FL. (USTA National Campus) NCAA Quarterfinal


  1. Matthew Robinson/Christian Settles (CMS) def. huc Huynh/Abhi Ramireddy (WASHU) 8-3
  2. Gaurav Singh/Scott Yamamoto (WASHU) def. Ian Freer/Morgan Schilling (CMS) 8-4
  3. Advik Mareedu/Warren Pham (CMS) def. Pato Garcia Muriel/Colin Scruggs (WASHUM) 8-0


  1. Phuc Huynh (WASHU) def. Advik Mareedu (CMS) 7-5, 7-5
  2. Abhi Ramireddy (WASHU) def. Matthew Robinson (CMS) 6-4, 6-2
  3. Ian Freer (CMS) def. Jared Phillips (WASHU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
  4. Christian Settles (CMS) vs. Gaurav Singh (WASHU) 6-3, 6-2
  5. Warren Pham (CMS) def. Colin Scruggs (WASHU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
  6. Eric Kuo (WASHU) def Daniel Blackman (CMS) 7-6(3), 6-4

Order of completion
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 2, 4, 1, 6, 3, 5