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Advik Mareedu fought off three match points to advance
Advik Mareedu fought off three match points to advance

Advik Mareedu Falls in Round of 16 After Tiebreaker Win in First Round

ORLANDO, Fla. - Advik Mareedu fought off three match points to win his first match of the NCAA Division III Individual Singles Championship in a third-set tiebreaker, but fell in the afternoon in the Round of 16 to conclude the 2022-23 season for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis.

Mareedu was the No. 5 seed and opened up with a tough match against Matthew Michibata of the College of New Jersey. Michibata took the first set 6-3, and then went up a break late in the second for a 5-3 lead. 

Michibata had a chance to hold for the match and led 40-30, but Mareedu came up with back-to-back big returns to fight off the first two match points.

Then trailing 5-4, Mareedu had to hold to get it to a tiebreaker, and Michibata got it to deuce, but Mareedu was able to fight off yet another match point and level the match at 5-5. 

After each player held serve, the third set went to a tiebreaker, and Mareedu was able to string together some key points late to win it 7-4 and advance through to the second round. 

The Round of 16, though, saw Mareedu never get into a rhythm against Matthew Kandel of Williams, who was able to take the first three games of the first set and then finish it off 6-1. Mareedu had two late holds to try to stay in it in the second, but Kandel finished off the set 6-2. 

Mareedu concludes a spectacular rookie season that saw him earn 30 singles wins, capture the ITA Cup singles national title in the fall and earn SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors.