February 26, 2012

Emory Men's Tennis Brings Home ITA National Indoor Crown

The No. 2-ranked Emory men's tennis team successfully defended its crown at the ITA National Indoor Championships Sunday afternoon by defeating UC-Santa Cruz in the title match.  The Eagles of head coach John Browning raised their spring record to 6-0 following a 7-2 triumph over the Banana Slugs who fell to 4-3.

Emory held a 3-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles matches.  The Eagles' No. 2 team of Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagner captured first point of the match with an 8-5 triumph over Eli Scandalis and Devin Nerenberg.   Emory increased its advantage to 2-0 after the senior tandem of Dillon Pottish and Chris Goodwin topped Erik Rosner and Ian Stanley, 8-6, at the No. 1 spot.  Senior Will Humphreys and freshman Brian Kowalski closed out the doubles portion of the competition with an 8-5 decision at No. 3.

Wagner put Emory one point away from clinching the match with his 6-4, 6-2 triumph against Andre Halabi at No. 3 singles boosting his record to 5-1 this spring.  Pottish then sealed the outcome for Emory with a 7-5, 6-2, verdict against Nerenberg at No. 1, his sixth victory in as many decisions this spring.  Other singles wins came from freshmen Eric Halpern at No. 4 and Alex Ruderman at No. 6.

Today's win over the No. 6-ranked Slugs marked the second straight and third time in the past four seasons that Emory had captured the ITA Indoor Championships title.

Emory returns to action on Saturday (Mar. 4) when it plays Rhodes at the University of the South.