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Ian Freer and Matthew Robinson will be one of 16 doubles teams in the NCAAs
Ian Freer and Matthew Robinson will be one of 16 doubles teams in the NCAAs

Mareedu Earns NCAA Singles Invitation, Freer/Robinson to Compete in Doubles

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Advik Mareedu of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III singles championship, while Ian Freer and Matthew Robinson captured a selection to the doubles championship, the NCAA announced on Wednesday evening.

Mareedu will be making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships after advancing to the Round of 16 last season. He also captured a national title at the ITA Cup in 2022 in his first collegiate tournament, and is currently the No. 2 ranked singles player in the nation, behind only Tristan Bradley of Bowdoin, who he defeated in the ITA Cup finals. 

This year, Mareedu stands 27-4 in singles competition, including 21-2 in dual matches, while also winning the ITA West Regional title for the second year in a row, clinching All-America honors. He has won 14 matches in a row (since a loss to Bradley in a dual against Bowdoin on March 16), with only one three-setter in that stretch, when he defeated Matt Kandel of Williams, avenging his loss in last year's NCAA singles championship. 

Freer and Robinson are in their first season as doubles partners, and both will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Individual Championships. Both have earned All-America honors in doubles, with Freer taking it with Nikolai Parodi in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, and Robinson capturing it with Christian Settles last year after winning the ITA West Regional championship. 

This year, Freer and Robinson both were out of action in the fall, but returned in the spring to compile a 16-11 record at No. 1 doubles, including a 9-1 record in their last 10 matches heading into the NCAA Tournament. 

CMS will host a four-team regional this Friday and Saturday, opening with a match against UC Santa Cruz on Friday at 10 a.m. If the Stags win, they will face either Redlands or George Fox on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the right to advance to the national team championships in St. Louis from May 21-24, which will be followed by the singles and doubles championships from May 25-28.