Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 2 Emory in UAA Championship Match
Beverly, Mass., April 17, 2011 – No. 2 ranked Emory University captured it 22nd overall University Athletic Association (UAA) men’s tennis championship with a 6-0 victory over No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday afternoon at the Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly, Mass.
Emory (20-3) gains the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while Washington University will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid as the Central Region’s third-ranked team. This marked the second time the two teams have met this season – Emory defeated Washington U., 6-3, in the ITA National Indoor National Championship on Feb. 20, in Fredericksburg, Va.
Washington U. put themselves in a hole early on after being swept all three doubles matches. Junior Cameron Chiang and sophomore Kareem Farah had a chance to avoid the sweep leading 7-6 at No. 2, but Emory’s Ayush Bajoria and Noah Simonson battled back to win the final three games for a 9-7 victory.
Dillon Pottish and Chris Goodwin, the No. 1 and No. 9 ranked singles player in Division III, clinched the match for the Eagles following a pair of straight-set victories. Pottish upended senior Isaac Stein, ranked No. 12, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, while Goodwin defeated No. 30 ranked senior Max Woods, 6-3, 6-2 at No 2.
Washington University (14-5) plays two matches in preparation for the NCAA Championship, which begins on Friday, May 13, at a site to be determined. The Bears take on Grinnell College on Saturday, April 23, at the UMSL Tennis Courts on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and No. 19 ranked DePauw University on Saturday, May 7, in Greencastle, Ind.
Bear Notebook: The Bears were making their 17th appearance in the UAA Championship match … Emory is the 2003 and 2006 NCAA Division III National Champion … This marked the sixth-straight year the two teams have met for the UAA title … The Bears have been swept in doubles just two times this season.