Emory Men's Tennis Falls To Amherst Rally In NCAA Quarterfinals
The No. 2-ranked Emory University men’s tennis team saw its 2009-10 season come to an end on Tuesday as it came out on the short end of a 5-4 decision to No. 5 Amherst in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Championships in Oberlin, Ohio. The Eagles wind up the campaign with an overall record of 16-8 while Amherst upped its overall record to 26-10 en route to advancing to the semifinal round on Wednesday.
The Eagles bolted to a 3-0 lead following the doubles portion of the match. The No. 1 team of senior Chris Jordan and sophomore Chris Goodwin got Emory off on the right foot with an 8-4 win over Austin Chafetz and Robby Sorrell. Senior Chris Redmond and sophomore Dillon Pottish upped the team’s edge to 2-0 after coming away with an 8-3 triumph over Sean Doerfler and Wes Waterman at the No. 2 slot. Emory’s senior duo of Oliver Lopp and David Caplan gave the Eagles a sweep after they battled to a 9-8 (7-1) verdict at No. 3 against Mark Kahan and Moritz Koenig.
The Jeffs answered back in strong fashion in singles, earning wins in five matches including three of the four that went to three sets. Doefler accounted for Amherst’s first point with a straight-set win over the Eagles’ Oliver Lopp at No. 5, followed by Chafetz’s 7-5, 7-6 (3) decision over Pottish at the No. 1 position. The setback ended a seven-match win streak for Pottish. Junior Colin Egan turned the tide back in Emory’s favor with his 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Waterman at the No. 4 spot giving the Eagles a 4-2 edge in the match. However, the Jeffs eventually knotted things up on the strength of Kahan’s three-set triumph over Goodwin (6-3, 4-6, 6-0) at No. 2 and Priit Gross’ come-from-behind three-set decision (2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2) over David Caplan at No. 6. The match was decided at No. 3 singles where junior Moritz Koening squeaked by freshman Noah Simonson in a three-set slugfest. After Simonson won the opening set, 7-6 (5), Koening bounced back to claim 6-4 win in the second set setting the stage for a third-set showdown. That third set saw Simonson go down by a 3-1 margin before he was able to rally to tie it at 3-3. Down 6-5, Simonson battled back to force a tiebreaker where he fell by a 7-4 margin.