Emory wins UAA championship
Goodwin sets Emory's all-time singles wins record
ALTAMONTA SPRING, Fla. -- Second-ranked Emory won its third consecutive and 23rd title in the past 25 years as it defeated No. 17 Washington-St. Louis in the finals of the University Athletic Association championships. The Eagles raised their overall record to 20-0 following an 8-1 verdict against the Bears who slipped to 15-6.
Senior Chris Goodwin became the school's all-time leader in singles wins, notching his 100th career victory with a 6-2, 6-2 decision against WU's Gary Parizher at the No. 2 spot. Goodwin entered the day tied for the top with Gavin O'Connell (1987-91). The win upped Goodwin's spring record to 12-0 (17-1 overall in 2011-12), 7-0 at No. 2.
Emory captured all six singles matches, five in straight sets. Senior Dillon Pottish nailed down his seventh consecutive win, boosting his overall record to 26-2 in the process, following a 6-2, 6-4 triumph against Adam Putterman at the No. 1 slot. Playing at No. 3, freshman Brian Kowalski was extended to three sets before prevailing in a come-from-behind battle vs. Ross Putterman, 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), 10-7, his 13th decision in 17 outings this spring. Kowalski's fellow classmates all were successful as well in their singles bouts with Ian Wagner posting a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 verdict against Kareem Farah at No. 4, Eric Halpern earning a 6-3, 7-5 outcome against Parker Chang at No. 5 and Alex Ruderman coming away with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 6 against Tim Noack. All totaled, the four rookies have combined to rack up an impressive 67-7 record this spring.
The Eagles entered singles action with a 2-1 advantage following the doubles portion of the match. Emory's No. 2 team of junior Elliott Kahler and Wagner saw their record go to 16-3 this spring with an 8-5 win against Farah and Chang while Pottish and Kowalski hammered out an 8-2 triumph at No. 3, their 10th in as many decisions.