FINALS SET FOR ITA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEN’S TEAM INDOORS
No. 1 Washington University to meet No. 2 Emory University in championship match
ST. PETER, MINN. – Washington University and Emory University, the top two seeds posted semifinal victories Saturday to advance to the finals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships.
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 by beating Washington. However, Washington would go on to win the NCAA Division III Championship, while Emory finished second.
Eight of the top 15 teams in Division III men's tennis are competing in the event, including host and four-time ITA Indoor champions Gustavus Adolphus. Gustavus Adolphus is hosting the ninth-annual championships for the seventh consecutive year 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: 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
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Emory University (4-0): The second-ranked Eagles flew by No. 3 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-3 to advance to the finals. This is Emory’s fifth finals appearance, seeking 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 the most all-time victories with 17. Emory found itself down early after losing two of the three doubles points. The nation’s top-ranked doubles team of Chris and Michael Goodwin picked up the team’s only win before quickly putting the Eagles back in the lead with 6-3, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-4 wins at No. 1 and 2 singles. Robbie Erani’s 7-5, 6-3 victory over Mark Boren would be the only singles point the Stags would capture with the Eagles of Emory closing out the match with wins at No. 4, 5 and 6.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 Emory 9, No. 7 Mary Washington 0
Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 Emory 6, No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3
Championship Matchup: No. 2 Emory vs. No. 1 Washington University – 9 a.m. (CT)
Washington University (2-1): Top seed Washington continued its impressive march through the indoor tournament with an 8-1 victory over No. 5 Kenyon College. The Bears have outscored their opponents 17-1 in their last two matches. The defending NCAA champions got off to a quick start, winning all three doubles matches, to go up 3-0. Danny Levy defeated William VandenBerg 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5 singles followed by Isaac Stein’s 6-4, 6-2 win over Charles Brody to clinch the victory for the Bears. In the marquee matchup at No. 1 singles that pitted No. 3 John Watts against No. 6 Mike Greenberg, Watts displayed his dominance, recording a 6-2, 7-5 win, his 14th on the year. This is the first time Washington has made the finals in its fourth appearance in the ninth annual indoor tournament.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Washington University 9, No. 8 Trinity 0
Semifinal Matchup: No. 1 Washington University 8, No. 5 Kenyon College 1
Championship Matchup: No. 1 Washington University vs. No. 2 Emory – 9 a.m. (CT)
Many of the top players in Division III are taking part in the tournament including five from the two teams meeting in the championship match. With three players ranked in the top 25 in singles, Emory has 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, leads 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 will also be representing Washington University and Emory University in tomorrow’s final. Emory’s top-ranked brotherly duo of Chris and Michael Goodwin are 7-0 and captured the Division III Doubles title at the ITA National Small College Championships. They will face off against Cutler and Chris Hoeland, the nation’s No. 3 doubles team. They are joined by eighth-ranked Isaac Stein and Max Woods at No. 2 doubles, where they meet Mark Boren and David Kaplan, currently ranked No. 14 nationally.
In the consolation round, No. 4 UC-Santa Cruz beat No. 8 Trinity, 8-1, while No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus beat No. 7 Mary Washington, 6-3. The fifth place and seventh place matches were held later in the day where Gustavus Adolphus and Trinity swept the doubles points en route to victories over UC-Santa Cruz and Mary Washington, respectively.
Washington (Mo.) and Emory will play in the finals Sunday at 9 a.m. while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Kenyon College will play for the third place trophy in a match that also starts at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
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