Semifinals set for ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships
No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Emory, No. 3 CMS and No. 5 Kenyon advance
ST. PETER, MINN. – Three of the top four seeds posted quarterfinal victories Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships. 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: 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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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (5-0): The third-ranked Stags notched a convincing 6-3 win against host and defending champion Gustavus Adolphus to move into tomorrow’s semifinals. Finding themselves down 2-1 after doubles, CMS stormed back to win two of the next three singles matches, tying it at three a piece. The Golden Gusties have the top-ranked singles player in John Kauss and he came through big today with an easy 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 23 Lawrence Wang, Claremont’s only ranked player. However, the win at No. 1 singles would not be enough as the Stags would close out the victory, winning the final three singles matches.
First Round Matchup: No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6, No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus 3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. No. 2 Emory – 2 p.m. (CT)
Emory University (3-0): The second-ranked Eagles of Emory flew past the Eagles of Mary Washington with a 9-0 shutout over the No. 7 seed. Led by the nation’s top-ranked doubles team, Michael and Chris Goodwin, Emory completed a clean sweep to claim all three doubles points and give their team a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles. The Emory Eagles used the momentum from doubles to capture all six singles matches, all in straight sets. With three players ranked in the top 25 in singles, Emory has the most of any team participating in the tournament and saw all three deliver victories in today’s match.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 Emory 9, No. 7 Mary Washington 0
Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 Emory vs. No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – 2 p.m. (CT)
Kenyon College (5-1): In the team’s first ITA Team Indoor appearance, the eighth-ranked Lords have advanced to tomorrow’s semifinals after edging fourth-ranked UC-Santa Cruz, 5-4. After splitting the doubles points at second and third doubles, the duo of Michael Greenberg and William VandenBerg closed out a thrilling 9-8 victory over the fifth-ranked doubles team of Max Liberty-Point and Ilya Gendleman to put Kenyon up 2-1. From that point, No. 6 Greenberg would score an upset over No. 5 Liberty-Point to claim the first of three points in the next four singles matches to clinch the victory for the fifth seed.
First Round Matchup: No. 5 Kenyon College 5, No. 4 UC-Santa Cruz 4
Semifinal Matchup: No. 5 Kenyon College vs. No. 1 Washington University – 2 p.m. (CT)
Washington University (1-1): The top-ranked Bears breezed into the semifinals with a 9-0 shutout over 12th-ranked Trinity. After picking up 8-2 and 8-5 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, John Watts and Dushyanth Srinivasan rallied from a 6-5 deficit for a 9-8 victory to secure the doubles sweep for the Bears. Watts, ranked No. 3 nationally, got things started by making quick work of 14th-ranked Max Frey at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1, victory. Up 4-0, Washington proceeded to post five more straight-set victories on the Tigers as Danny Levy completed the sweep for Washington U. as he defeated John Runge, 7-5, 7-6, at No. 5 singles. The singles victory for Levy was the 50th of his career.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Washington University 9, No. 8 Trinity 0
Semifinal Matchup: No. 1 Washington University vs. No. 5 Kenyon College – 2 p.m. (CT)
Saturday's schedule has the losers of Friday's matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 a.m., while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2:00 p.m. The final Consolation rounds are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The third place and championship matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Many of the top players in Division III are taking part in the tournament including five of the top 10 ranked singles players. Some of the top-ranked players include John Watts of Washington University (Missouri), Chris Goodwin of Emory, Mike Greenberg of Kenyon, Max Liberty-Point of UC-Santa Cruz, and John Kauss of Gustavus.
In doubles play, seven of the top 10 tandems in the country are present including John Kauss and Mike Burdakin of Gustavus, Chris and Michael Goodwin of Emory, Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal of Trinity (TX), Max Liberty-Point and Ilya Gendelman of UC-Santa Cruz, Guillaume Schils and Lawrence Wang of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and two duos from Washington University (Missouri) in the team of Charlie Cutler and Chris Hoeland and the team of Isaac Stein and Max Woods.
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