Emory survives Johns Hopkins 5-4
Dramatic three-set win by Halpern helped Eagles take win
CARY, N.C. -- No. 2-ranked Emory survived a stiff challenge from No. 13 Johns Hopkins Monday morning in the quarterfinals of the DIII Championship. The Eagles raised their overall record to 23-0 following a 5-4 decision against the Blue Jays who closed out their campaign with an overall ledger of 19-5. The championships are being held in Cary, N.C.
JHU claimed the first point of the match with a victory at No. 2 doubles. However, the Eagles' No. 3 team of senior Dillon Pottish and freshman Brian Kowalski evened things up with a solid 8-2 outcome against Tanner Brown and Erik Lim. Emory then moved ahead by a 2-1 margin after seniors Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys earned an 8-4 triumph against Jacoby Barnaby and Warren Elgort at the No. 1 position, their 10th in 13 decisions this spring.
Pottish pushed Emory's advantage to 3-1 with his 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andy Hersh at No. 1 singles upping his mark to 20-1 this spring. However, the Blue Jays battled back to knot the contest following triumphs at Nos. 2 & 3 singles. Freshman Brian Kowalski saw his spring record go to 15-4 following his 7-6, 6-1 decision against Jensen Reiter, slipping Emory ahead by a 4-3 margin.
With the outcome of the match coming down the wire at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, the Blue Jays got the point at the latter which tied the score at 4-4. Shortly after that match was decided, Emory's Eric Halpern recorded a dramatic three-set win against Elgort, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, a match that saw him rally from a 0-3 deficit in the deciding set. The victory raised his spring record to 19-1.