BEVERLY, Mass. — Emory captured its 22nd overall University Athletic Association (UAA) championship with a dominating 6-0 victory against No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday afternoon at the Bass River Tennis Club.
In the sixth consecutive UAA championship matchup between the two schools, Washington U. put themselves in an early hole after being swept in all three doubles matches. Emory opened doubles play with Colin Egan and Dillon Pottis blanking Gary Parizher and Adam Putterman, 8-0. Then, Cameron Chiang and Kareem Farah would have the best chance to avoid a sweep, leading 7-6 at No. 2, but Emory’s Ayush Bajoria and Noah Simonson battled back to win the final three games for a 9-7 victory. Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys completed the doubles sweep by outlasting Isaac Stein and Max Woods, 8-6.
Pottish and Goodwin, the No. 1 and No. 9 ranked singles player in Division III, clinched the match for the Eagles following a pair of straight-set victories. Goodwin defeated 30th-ranked Woods, 6-3, 6-2 at No 2 before Pottish upended No. 12 Stein, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.
Also, Simon Lavoie-Perusse knocked off Farah, 6-3, 6-4, for another Eagles’ victory.
Emory, ranked No. 2 in the nation, gains the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will compete for its third DIII national championship. The Eagles won the 2003 and 2006 NCAA Division III national titles. The Bears will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid as the Central Region’s third-ranked team. This marked the second time the two teams have met this season – Emory defeated Washington, 6-3, in the ITA National Indoor National Championship on Feb. 20, in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Bears, making their 17th appearance in the UAA Championship match, have been swept in doubles just two times this season.
Singles matches featuring Egan versus Putterman and Parizher against Nick Szczurek went unfinished. Egan and Putterman split the first two sets. Parizher held a 7-5, 3-0 advantage.