Emory captures third ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor title

 Emory captures third ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor title

ST. PETER, MINN. – In a finals matchup that pitted the top two seeds against one another, No. 2 Emory University upset top-ranked Washington University, 6-3, to capture the team’s third Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship title.

The Eagles won two of the doubles points in today’s final and got wins from Colin Egan and Mark Boren before second-ranked Chris Goodwin clinched the victory, defeating No. 12 Charlie Cutler, 6-1, 6-3.

The two teams have a long history as both met in last year’s third-place match with Washington delivering a dominating performance in an 8-1 victory. Emory bounced back by capturing the program's 19th consecutive University Athletic Association Championship with a win over Washington. However, Washington would go on to win the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship defeating Emory 5-3.

This event, which features eight of the nation's top 15 Division III programs, has annually crowned a national indoor champion since 2001. This is the seventh consecutive year that the ITA Division III Indoor Championship has been held at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: Finals
#2 Emory University 6, #1 Washington University 3

ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: Semifinals
#1 Washington University 8, #5 Kenyon College 1
#2 Emory 6, #3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3

ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 Washington University 9, #8 Trinity University 0
#5 Kenyon College 5, #4 UC-Santa Cruz 4
#3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6, #6 Gustavus Adolphus 3
#2 Emory University 9, #7 University of Mary Washington 0

Many of the top players in Division III took part in the tournament including five from the two teams participating in the championship match. With three players ranked in the top 25 in singles, Emory had the most of any team participating in the tournament, led by Chris Goodwin, who is currently ranked second in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. He is joined by teammates Colin Egan and Mark Boren, ranked No. 18 and No. 20, respectively. John Watts, the 2007 ITA National Small College Singles Champion, led Washington with a 14-2 record and No. 3 ranking. His teammate, Charlie Cutler is also ranked No. 12 in the nation in singles.

In doubles play, four of the top 15 tandems in the country were represented in the championship match. Emory’s top-ranked brotherly duo of Chris and Michael Goodwin that captured the Division III Doubles title at the ITA National Small College Championships, extended their record to 8-0 on the year by edging Cutler and Chris Hoeland, the nation’s No. 3 doubles team, 9-7. Picking up the other doubles point for Emory was 14th-ranked Mark Boren and David Caplan who upset eighth-ranked Isaac Stein and Max Woods at No. 2 doubles, 8-4. The Bears got their only doubles point in the No. 3 spot, where Watts and Nirmal Choradia beat Oliver Lopp and Philipp Overdiek, 8-6.

The Eagles got singles wins at Nos. 3 and 4 to take a 4-2 lead. The 20th-ranked Boren beat Max Woods, 6-3, 7-6, while No. 18 Egan defeated Isaac Stein, 6-3, 6-3 to put Emory up 4-2. Washington U. got an early point at No. 1 singles, where third-ranked Watts cruised past Michael Goodwin, 6-1, 6-0, to keep the Bears in the match with two points. The match would be decided by Chris Goodwin, ranked No. 2 nationally who took down 12th-ranked Cutler 6-1, 6-3 clinching the match and the title for the Eagles.

In Emory’s fifth finals appearance, they captured their third indoor title after winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. EU has made the championship every year since the tournament began in 2001 and has posted a total of 18 victories in that span.

This was Washington’s first time to play in the finals in their fourth tournament appearance. The Bears doubled their all-time win mark from two to four.

Also taking place Sunday morning was the tournament’s third place match in which Claremont-Mudd-Scripps edged No. 5 seed Kenyon. In Saturday night’s fifth and seventh place matches, Gustavus Adolphus and Trinity swept the doubles points en route to victories over UC-Santa Cruz and Mary Washington, respectively.

For complete results and event information, visit www.itatennis.com.

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