May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Emory Athletics

The No. 2-ranked Emory men's tennis team opened NCAA Tournament action Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 second-round win over Hampden Sydney College. With the victory, the Eagles boosted their record to 18-3 while HSC closed out its year with a 14-6 mark.

Emory bolted to a 3-0 lead following a sweep of doubles. The No. 2 tandem of senior Mark Boren and junior David Caplan looked impressive registering an 8-0 decision over the Tigers' duo of Shad Harrell and Kevin Calhoun. The No. 3 team of junior Chris Jordan and sophomore Colin Egan came away with an 8-2 triumph over Phil Parish and Tal Covington for the team's second point of the match. Their win was followed by the Eagles' No. 1 team of Michael and Chris Goodwin with an 8-3 verdict over William Moss and Rich Pugh, increasing their record to 17-4 this year.

Egan increased Emory's advantage to 4-0 with a methodical 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over Kevin Calhoun, his 15th win in 19 dual matches this season. Junior Oliver Lopp then clinched the outcome with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Zack Pack at No. 5.

Emory advances to the third round on Sunday where it will play either North Carolina or Mary Washington. Action on Sunday at the Woodruff PE Center begins at noon.