ATLANTA -- Emory made its debut in this year’s NCAA championships on Friday, turning in an impressive performance in a second-round victory against North Carolina Wesleyan. The Eagles raised their overall mark to 15-6 following a 5-1 decision against the Battling Bishops, who finished off their year with a 15-10 record.  

Emory bolted out to a 2-0 lead after nailing down the opening two doubles points. The No. 3 team of Eric Halpern and Simon Lavoie-Perusse started things off by besting Johan Ljungdahl and Marcus Pola 8-6, followed by the tandem of Jackson Isaacs and Ayush Bajoria, earning an 8-5 triumph against Pete Hviid and Mikhail Konnov. The Bishops drew to within 2-1 when they captured their lone point of the match, a 9-8 win (3) by the No. 1 team of Robert Kjellberg and Artisom Prostak against the Eagles’ Ian Wagner and Elliot Kahler.

Freshman Rafe Mosetick boosted Emory’s lead to 3-1 when he manufactured a decisive 6-1, 6-1 win against Hviid at No. 4 singles, raising his record to 19-6 on the year. Freshman Will Adams then extended the score to 4-1 following a 6-3, 6-0 triumph at No. 6 against Pola. Wagner then came through with the clinching point when he topped Ljungdahl at No. 3 with a  6-3, 6-0 victory, his 20th win this season in 24 decisions.