Semifinals set for ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship

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Semifinals set for ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
All Top Four Seeds Advance, Setting up 2009 Rematches


ST. PETER, MINN. – All four of the top seeds advanced with quarterfinal victories Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship. Top-seeded UC-Santa Cruz looks to avenge a first-round upset to Kenyon from last year’s event, while defending champion Emory faces Washington in a rematch of the 2009 championship final.

Gustavus Adolphus is hosting the 10th-annual championships for the eighth consecutive year at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 UC-Santa Cruz 5, #8 Carnegie Mellon University 4
#4 Kenyon College 8 , #5 Gustavus Adolphus College 1
#3 Washington University 8, #6 Johns Hopkins 1
#2 Emory University 6, #7 DePauw University 3

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UC-Santa Cruz: The top-ranked Slugs shook off a hard-fighting Carnegie Mellon team to advance to tomorrow’s semifinals, in hopes to avenge a loss to No. 4 Kenyon from last year’s first round. The Lords upset UCSC in 2009, bowing out early in a year that they finished on top, winning the 2009 Division III NCAA Championship. That didn’t seem to intimidate Carnegie Mellon though. The No. 8 seeded Tartans came out firing, looking nothing like a last-seeded team. Even though the last two points to make it a 5-4 final score came after the match had already been clinched, CMU showed they are a force to be reckoned with this year. UCSC has plenty of muscle to flex themselves, however. Even though the Banana Slugs lost some players from last year’s NCAA championship squad and are widely-considered to be a young team this year, they have their sights set on revenge over Kenyon and ultimately capturing the elusive ITA Division III Men’s Team Indoor title, something they have accomplished only once in the past nine years. They begin their journey by facing Kenyon University and 2008 NCAA Singles Champion, Mike Greenberg tomorrow afternoon.

First Round Matchup: No. 1 UC-Santa Cruz def. No. 8 Carnegie Mellon, 5-4
Semifinal Matchup: No. 1 UC-Santa Cruz vs. No. 4 Kenyon - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Emory University: The second-ranked Eagles held on to their title defense in a hotly-contested 6-3 match against Johns Hopkins, which is making only their second appearance in the ITA National Division III Men’s Team Indoors Championship. After losing top-ranked ITA All-American Michael Goodwin from last year’s title squad, the Eagles found themselves deadlocked at three a piece, with the final match taking place at No. 6 singles. But senior Chris Redmond wasn’t going to let his team go down without a fighting chance to defend their title. The senior manhandled fellow senior Will Gates of DePauw with a 6-0, 6-3 clinching victory, to send Emory into a semifinal matchup against their arch rival. Emory (3-1) will square off against No. 3 ranked and University Athletic Association (UAA) rival Washington University tomorrow for the third-consecutive year at the event. The two teams have a long history as both met in 2008 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.

First Round Matchup: No. 2 Emory def. No. 7 DePauw, 6-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 Emory vs. No. 3 Washington – 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Washington University: Third-seeded Washington University-St. Louis advanced to their third consecutive semifinals of the 10th Annual ITA National Division III Team Indoor Championship with an 8-1 victory over sixth-seeded Johns Hopkins University. Washington University (3-1) takes on No. 2 ranked and University Athletic Association (UAA) rival Emory University tomorrow for the third-consecutive year at the event. The two teams have a long history as both met in 2008'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. The Bears swept doubles play for the first time this season to jump out to a commanding 3-0 lead. Juniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods (No. 1), senior John Watts and freshman Kareem Farah (No. 2) and senior Danny Levy and sophomore Cameron Chiang (No. 3) each posted 8-4 victories. Levy, who was appearing in doubles for the first time this season, picked up just the 10th doubles victory of his career. Watts pushed the lead to 4-0 with a convincing, 6-0, 6-0, victory over David Maldow at No. 1 singles. He improved his record in singles to 16-2, and pushed his career mark to 114-17. Stein clinched the victory for Washington U. with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 come from behind victory over Andrew Wang at No. 2 singles. Also posting singles wins for the Bears was freshman Adam Putterman (No. 3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6) and Woods (No. 4, 6-2, 6-2).

First Round Matchup: No. 3 Washington University def. No. 6 Johns Hopkin, 8-1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Washington University vs. No. 2 Emory - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Kenyon College: In the team’s first ITA Team Indoor appearance, Kenyon upset the eventual NCAA Champion UC-Santa Cruz team 5-4. In their second appearance, the Lords didn’t waste anytime for a close match, quieting the crowd with an 8-1 victory over host and four-time event champion Gustavus Adolphus. First-year coach Tommy Valenti has plenty to look forward to after future Hall of Famer Steve Wilkinson retired as NCAA’s all-time winningest coach but tonight was a hard pill to swallow as everything went right for Kenyon Head Coach Scott Thielke. The only bump in the road came at No. 3 doubles, which was a narrow 9-7 defeat before the fourth-seeded Lords of Ohio went on a roll, winning five of six singles matches in straight-sets, including 2008 NCAA Champion Mike Greenberg, becoming the first to complete his match with 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles. Kenyon knows they will need to be ready for revenge from top-seeded UC-Santa Cruz in tomorrow’s first-round rematch from last year.

First Round Matchup: No. 4 Kenyon College def. No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus, 8-1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 4 Kenyon College vs. No. 1 UC-Santa Cruz – 2:00 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.

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