Emory Men's Tennis Wins NCAA Division III Championship -- Closes Out Year With 25-0 Record
CARY, Nc. -- The Emory men's tennis team earned the program's third national crown Wednesday afternoon as it rallied for a victory over Kenyon College in the title match of the Division III Men's Tennis Championships. The 5-3 decision over the Lords closed out the Eagles' season record at 25-0 while Kenyon finished at 24-5. The Division III Championships were held in Cary, North Carolina.
Holding a 4-3 edge in the match, freshman Eric Halpern sealed the outcome for Emory with a 7-5, 7-5, triumph over Tim Rosensteel at No. 5 singles, his 20th win in 22 outings this spring. Other Emory singles winners included freshmen Alex Ruderman at No. 6, Ian Wagner at No. 3 and Brian Kowalksi at No. 4. The Eagles earned their other point at No. 3 doubles with Kowalksi and senior Dillon Pottish battling to a 9-8 verdict over Paul Burgin and Kevin Ye.
The team's final ledger of 25-0 marks the first time in school history that an Emory team had compiled a perfect record. The 2012 squad joins the 2003 and 2006 Emory teams who have come away with the national title, all of which have come under the watch of 13th-year head coach John Browning.
While the team portion of the Championships has concluded, Dillon Pottish and Chris Goodwin are scheduled to compete in the singles portion of the event. Singles action begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday with Pottish playing Oliver Loutsenko of Skidmore while Goodwin's opening-round opponent will be Nicholas Ballou of Cal Lutheran.