MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked Washington (Mo.) advanced to the championship match of the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Indoor Championship with a 6-3 victory against No. 5 seed and eighth-ranked Trinity (Texas) on Saturday afternoon.
No. 6 Emory 5, No. 5 Kenyon 4
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- Kenyon returned to the courts seeking a bounce-back win on the second day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Indoor Championship. In the Lords' way was nationally-ranked Emory. The Eagles used an early lead to roll out to a 5-4 win in Kenyon's first of two matches on Saturday.
Emory (3-2), ranked sixth in the most recent ITA preseason poll, took two of three doubles matches, though the match that put them ahead was a hard-fought point to get. In the second doubles flight, Wade Heerboth and Michael Razumovsky forced a tiebreak set against Jackson Isaacs and Nick Szczurek, but fell 7-3 (9-8). That win put Emory up 2-1 heading into singles play.
No. 7 Cal Lutheran 4, Redlands 1
Redlands 5, No. 7 Cal Lutheran 4
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- On the second day of the ITA, Cal Lutheran took on a familiar foe in Redlands. The Kingsmen led the Bulldogs 4-1 but Redlands reeled off four singles victories to defeat CLU 5-4 in the consolation round. Later in the evening, CLU fell 8-1 to Kenyon in the seventh place game.
No. 10 Johns Hopkins 6, No. 13 Case Western 3
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- Johns Hopkins will play in the championship game of the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the first time in four trips to the tournament. Hopkins rallied from an early 2-1 deficit to defeat host and 13th-ranked Case Western 6-3 in the semifinals Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 2-1 with the win while the Spartans fall to 2-1.
Case Western took a 2-1 lead after three thrilling and hard fought doubles matches, that saw two go to tiebreakers. Sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim took the first point of the match as they beat Derek Reinbold and James Fojtasek 9-7 at third. Christopher Krimbill and Eric Klawitter then tied the match with a 9-8 (3) win at first against freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh. Will Drougas and John Healey the wrapped up doubles and gave the Spartans the 2-1 lead after beating juniors Tanner Brown and Erik Lim, 9-8 (4) at second.
The Blue Jays responded in singles play, winning five of the six matches, to take the win and advance to the finals. Junior Sam Weissler quickly tied the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Louis Stuerke at sixth singles. Freshman Jeremy Dubin, who clinched Friday's win against Emory, gave Hopkins a 3-2 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Fojtasek at fourth. Junior Ben Hwang pushed the Blue Jays' one point closer to victory after beating Klawitter 6-4, 6-2 at third. Lim then clinched the win and the berth in the finals as he rallied to defeat Reinbold at fifth. Reinbold won the first set 6-1, but Lim responded with a 7-6 (5) win in the second to force a third, which he won 6-2. Buxbaum closed out the match at first, where he beat Krimbill 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.