CLEVELAND, OH – The final of the 2017 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship is set, and it’ll be two familiar teams squaring off for the hardware.
Top-seeded Emory and No. 3 Chicago won their respective semifinal matches on Saturday at the Cleveland Racquet Club, setting up a rematch of the 2016 final, which was won 7-2 by the Eagles. Sunday’s championship match, and the third-place match between Washington University in St. Louis and Carnegie Mellon get underway at 8 a.m. EDT, with live streaming coverage provided exclusively by FloTennis.
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No. 1 Emory 5, No. 4 Carnegie Mellon 4
The Tartans seized a 2-1 lead after doubles, thanks to wins at the No. 1 (Daniel Levine/Vayum Arora def. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding 8-4) and No. 2 (Jeffrey Chen/Kenny Zheng def. Adrien Bouchet/Max Renke 9-8) positions, while Emory’s No. 3 duo of David Omsky/Jonathan Jemison topped Chaz Downing/Nicholas Calzolano 8-3.
As they did Friday in their win over No. 8 Trinity, the Eagles bounced back from their doubles deficit and secured the match with strong singles play. Emory’s Bouchet knotted the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles over Zheng; James Spaulding followed that effort with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles versus Downing to put Emory in the lead 3-2. Carnegie Mellon’s Levine notched an impressive three-set win over Aman Manji at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to even the match 3-3.
Jemison’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles over Michael Rozenvasser moved the Eagles a point away from clinching the match, and moments later, Alec Josepher accomplished the feat, besting Mark Prettyman in three sets 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
Carnegie Mellon’s Kunal Wadwani closed the tournament out on a positive note for his team with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over Josh Goodman.
No. 3 Chicago 7, No. 2 Washington University in St. Louis 2
Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis played ultra-tight matches at all three doubles positions, with the Maroons capturing two of three courts to take a 2-1 lead.
At No. 1 doubles, Erik Kerrigan/Ninan Kumar slipped past Jason Haugen/Konrad Kozlowski 8-6, while at No. 3 doubles, Bobby Bethke/Charlie Pei edged Bernardo Neves/Johnny Wu 9-7. The Bears picked up their lone doubles point at No. 2, as Jeremy Bush/J.J. Kroot bested Tyler Raclin/Max Hawkins 9-7.
Chicago clinched its place in the final with wins at the No. 4, No. 1 and No. 5 singles positions. Tsai Luke defeated Radha Vishnubhotla 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles; David Liu won 6-3, 6-3 over Wu at No. 1 singles and Kerrigan picked up point five for the Maroons with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Neves at No. 5 singles.
John Carswell gave the Bears another point with a 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (2) victory over Charlie Pei at No. 3 singles. Nicholas Chua outlasted Jason Haugen in three sets 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (4) at No. 2 singles and at No. 6 singles, Chicago’s Kumar took down Robin Engel 6-2, 6-2.
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