Emory University juniors Dillon Pottish and Chris Goodwin will square off in the singles final of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Singles Championships on Sunday after each player won their respective quarterfinal and semifinal-round matches Saturday.
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Pottish, the No. 1 seeded player in the 32-player field, opened with a 6-2, 6-4, victory against Andrew Peters of Amherst in the quarters before dispatching Brian Pybas of UC-Santa Cruz in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-1. Pottish was nearly unstoppable in the contest vs. the No. 3-seeded Pybas, breaking serve on three occasions in the first set and twice in the second set. The victories were the 36th and 37th of the year for Pottish and he’ll enter Sunday’s final with a chance to tie the school record for most wins in a season.
Goodwin, the No. 4 seed, had a considerably more interesting day, defeating Tommy Meyer of Pomona-Pitzer in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, in the quarterfinals before capturing another three-set battle against big-hitting Max Frey of Trinity University (Texas), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, in the semis. After a workman-like first set, Goodwin held a 3-2 advantage in the second set with triple break point. However, Frey fought off Goodwin to win that game, along with the next two, to assume a 5-3 lead.
After Goodwin held serve, Frey won the next game to force the third set. In the final set, Goodwin won two of the first three games and then broke Frey to claim a 3-1 edge. After holding serve, Goodwin broke Frey again to take a commanding 5-1 bulge. Goodwin then closed out the match the following game, to notch his 30th win in 34 outings this year.