NEW LONDON, Conn. – With his back against the wall and the game on the line, sophomore Walter Komishane (Manchester, Mass.) fought back from a set down to win his singles match and propel the Connecticut College men's tennis team to a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over Hamilton on Saturday evening.
Connecticut College trailed 2-1 after doubles play and found itself in a bigger hole when freshman Julian Tien (Barrington, R.I.) conceded No. 3 singles to Rob Dotterer by retirement. The Continentals then broke a 3-3 tie when Joe Reiner downed senior Will Cannon (Fairfield, Conn.) at No. 5 singles, putting the Camels in a tough position with no room for error.
Down 4-3, sophomore Henry DeCoster (Greenwich, Conn.) knotted the score back up by capturing No. 4 singles by marks of 7-6 and 6-3 to set the stage for Komishane at No. 6 singles. Despite dropping the first set by a 6-2 score, the junior battled all the way back by taking the next two frames, 7-6 and 6-1, to lead the Camels to victory.
Other notable performers who contributed to the team win were sophomore SangJin Song (Roslyn Heights, N.Y.) and junior Guillermo Garcia Rincon (Cáceres, Spain). They each won their singles matches to tie the game at 3-3, while Rincon also teamed up with Cannon to pick up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles.
Connecticut College (8-8, NESCAC 2-5) will conclude its 2019 campaign when it hosts Colby tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.