No. 1-Ranked Emory Men's Tennis Blanks Grove City In NCAA Action
The No. 1-ranked Emory men's tennis team enjoyed a successful opening at the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, posting a 5-0 second-round win over Grove City. The victory was the team's fourth straight and raised its overall record to 21-3 while Grove City concluded its season with a 12-3 won-lost ledger. Serving as the host institution for the Regional is Washington & Lee University.
Emory, who drew a first-round bye and playing in its first competitive match since April 17, roared out to a 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles portion of the contest. The Eagles' No. 3 tandem of senior Colin Egan and junior Dillon Pottish posted an 8-0 victory for the first point while the No. 1 junior duo of Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys came away with a similar decision. The other doubles point came at No. 2 with sophomore Noah Simonson and freshman Ayush Bajoria registering an 8-2 triumph.
Goodwin upped Emory's advantage to 4-0 with a decisive 6-1, 6-0 over Marc Mentzer at No. 2 singles, his 20th win this spring in 23 outings this spring. Simonson then closed out the match at No. 6 with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Andrew Deckert.
Emory, advances to the regional finals on Sunday where it will meet No. 12-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan. The Battling Bishops, 13-2 on the year, notched a 5-1 second-round victory over Washington & Lee on Saturday. The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA D-III Championships (May 24-26) in Claremont, California.