Emory reaches national semifinals
No. 1 Eagles oust defending champ Middlebury in quarters
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CLAREMONT, Calif. -- No. 1 Emory earned a spot in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championships with a 5-2 victory in the quarterfinals against No. 10-ranked Middlebury College on Tuesday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center and Pauley Tennis Complex in Claremont, Calif. The victory boosts the Eagles’ overall record to 23-3 while the Panthers, who entered the contest as defending national champions, concluded their year at 18-4.
Middlebury claimed the first point as its No. 2 doubles team of Derrick Angle and Mike Malhame topped Emory’s duo 8-2. The Eagles were able to knot the match following No.1 doubles as juniors Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys held off Brantner Jones and Andy Peters 8-6. Two turning points in the match came when Emory trailed by a 4-3 count and faced a 0-40 obstacle. However, the tandem, which raised its overall record to 29-5, stormed back with five consecutive points to tie things up at 4-4.
Later on, with Emory holding a 6-5 match lead, Goodwin and Humphreys fell behind by another 0-40 score before rattling off five unanswered points again to take a 7-5 edge. After Middlebury held serve, the Emory pair closed out the battle with Humphrey’s ace the deciding point. Meanwhile, senior Colin Egan and junior Dillon Pottish were engaged in an intense clash with David Farah and Spencer Lunghino at No. 2, which they eventually won 9-7, upping their record to 21-3.
Goodwin increased Emory’s lead to 3-1 after he registered a decisive 6-0, 6-2 verdict against Zach Bruchmiller at No. 2 singles. The win was his sixth in a row and upped Goodwin's record to 22-3. Pottish then put the Eagles one point away from clinching the match when he came away with a 6-0, 6-4 win against Andy Peters, the No. 2-ranked player in the Northeast Region. The victory was Pottish’s 31st in 33 outings in 2010-11 and 22nd in 23 matches in the spring. A win by Lunghino at No.4 singles kept Middlebury’s hopes alive, but senior Colin Egan squashed any hopes of a Panther comeback when he won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 against Alec Parower at No. 3. With the win, Egan saw his record go to 18-2 at the No. 3 slot this spring.
Two singles matches went unfinished. Angle had a 3-1 lead in the third set against freshman Nick Szczurek at No. 4 singles while Jones held a 1-0 lead in the match and a 6-5 advantage in the second set against Bajoria at No. 6.