Men's Tennis Swept by No. 1 Emory, 5-0, in NCAA Semifinals
BRACKET | RESULTS
Claremont, Calif., May 25, 2011 – A doubles sweep propelled the No. 1 ranked Emory University to a 5-0 victory over No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship in Claremont, Calif.
Emory (24-3) advances to the national championship for the seventh time in school history, and will take on No. 2 Amherst College, a 5-1 winner over No. 8 ranked and NESCAC rival Williams, in the championship match at 2 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, May 26. Washington U. and Williams will play in the third-place match on Thursday at 2 p.m. (PT).
Washington University (19-6) had leads in all three doubles matches, but fell behind 3-0 to Emory for the second time this season. Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys broke open a 4-4 tie No. 1 doubles for an 8-4 victory over seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods. The match opened with six-straight breaks of serve, as neither team could hold serve.
Dillon Pottish and Colin Egan made it 2-0 with a 9-7 win over sophomores Gary Parizher and Adam Putterman at third doubles. Parizher and Putterman held onto a 7-5 advantage, but Pottish and Eagan won the final four games. Ayush Bajoria and Noah Simonson completed the sweep for Emory with a 9-8 (7-3) win over junior Cameron Chiang and sophomore Kareem Farah at second doubles.
The top two singles players for Emory, Pottish and Goodwin, posted a pair of straight-set victories to clinch the victory for the Eagles. Goodwin defeated Woods, 6-2, 6-1, at second singles, and Pottish got by Stein, 6-2, 6-1, at first singles.
Emory has now won all three meetings with Washington University this season – a 6-3 victory on Feb. 20 in the ITA Indoor National Championship and a 6-0 win on April 17 in the UAA Championship.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. is 11-6 this season against nationally ranked teams … WUSTL and Emory met in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship match.