May 10, 2009

Courtesy of Emory Athletics

The No. 2-ranked Emory men's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championships Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 third-round triumph over No. 23-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan. The victory boosted the Eagles' record to 19-3 while the Battling Bishops, ranked 23rd, closed out the campaign with a 15-1 ledger.

Emory took a 2-1 lead in the match following doubles action. The No. 1 team of Michael and Chris Goodwin saw their record go to 18-4 on the year with an 8-3 win over Antti Saar and Alexey Rumyantsev. Junior Chris Jordan and sophomore Colin Egan, paired for the first time over the weekend, accounted for the other doubles point with a decisive 8-1 verdict at No. 3.

The Eagles extended their lead to 4-1 following wins at No. 3 singles by senior Mark Boren and No. 2 singles by Chris Goodwin. Boren had a relatively easy time with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Davit Minasyan while Goodwin battled to a 6-3, 6-3 decision against Rumyantsev. After North Carolina Wesleyan narrowed the score to 4-2 with a win at No. 5 by Fred Lemongo, Emory finally closed out the bout when Egan came away with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) outcome over Marcelo Prata.

Emory will meet either Kenyon College or Carnegie Mellon in the quarterfinals scheduled for May 19 in Claremont, California. The semifinals will be held on May 20 and the championship match on the 21st.