2018 ITA National Division III Men's Team Indoor Championships

Feb. 23-25, 2018 | Swanson Tennis Center | Gustavus Adolphus College

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WATCH LIVE

COURT 1 | COURT 2 | COURT 3 | COURT 4 | COURT 5 | COURT 6

LIVE SCORING

2/23 RESULTS

Washington University-St. Louis def. University of Redlands 9-0 - BOX SCORE

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps def. Trinity University 9-0 - BOX SCORE

University of Chicago def. Carnegie Mellon University 6-3 - BOX SCORE

Emory University def. Gustavus Adolphus College 5-4 - BOX SCORE

2/24 RESULTS

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps def. Washinton University-St. Louis 6-3 - BOX SCORE

Emory University def. University of Chicago 5-4 - BOX SCORE

University of Redlands def. Trinity University 8-1 - BOX SCORE

Gustavus Adolphus College def. Carnegie Mellon University 8-1 - BOX SCORE

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Emory University def. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-4 - BOX SCORE

3rd PLACE MATCH

University of Chicago def. Washington University-St. Louis 5-4 - BOX SCORE

CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Gustavus Adolphus College def. University of Redlands 5-1 - BOX SCORE

7th PLACE MATCH

Carnegie Mellon University def. Trinity University 5-2 - BOX SCORE


Eagles outlast Stags to win 2018 ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship

Championship recap courtesy of Dan Johnson, ITA Director of Communications & Marketing

ST. PETER, Minn. (Feb. 25, 2018) - Another day, another Emory men’s tennis match that went down to the wire.

With an ITA national championship on the line, No. 1 Emory and No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps battled throughout Sunday morning at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

The Stags, playing in the National Team Indoors for the first time since 2009, had the championship trophy within its grasp after racing out to a 4-1 lead. But, as they did all tourney long, the Eagles clawed their way back and, in the end, found a way to be the last team standing.

Andrew Harrington was the hero for Emory, as he erased a third set deficit and outlasted Matthew Jacobs of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a tiebreak 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3), to give Emory a 5-4 victory and secure the team’s third consecutive ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship.

“I’m glad we got the victory and we worked really hard to get here,” said Harrington, a senior from Millersville, Maryland.

As he headed into the match-deciding tiebreak, Harrington knew he had to give it everything he had.

“I told myself it was now or never,” said Harrington. “I stepped my game up and put everything I had out there,” said Harrington. “I really gave it my all and I think that’s what pushed me over the edge.”

The hero of Saturday’s semifinal win over No. 4 Chicago, Emory’s Hayden Cassone capped off a strong week of play with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Daniel Park at No. 4 singles to move the Eagles within two at 4-2. Emory’s comeback run continued with wins at No. 6 singles (Scott Rubinstein def. Avinash Vemuri 6-3, 7-5) and No. 3 singles (Adrien Bouchet def. Oscar Burney 3-6, 6-3, 6-0) to draw even at 4-4 and set the stage for Harrington to complete the comeback.

“Every single point matters,” said Harrington. “There’s always a way to come back and I think we proved that, especially in this tournament with three 5-4 wins.”

After taking two of three courts in doubles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps surged ahead in singles, moving within a point of the championship following victories at No. 1 and 2 singles. Nikolai Parodi topped Emory’s Jonathan Jemison 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1, while CMS’s Jack Katzman scored a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Alec Josepher at No. 2.

The Stags’ No. 1 pairing of Julian Gordy and Parodi (8-4 over Rubinstein and Spaulding) and No. 2 duo of Burney and Katzman (8-2 win against Bouchet and Max Renke) claimed the team’s first two points of the match, while Emory’s No. 3 team of Jemison and Cassone garnered the Eagles’ lone doubles point with an 8-5 win versus Jake Berber and Park.

The ITA would like to thank the Gustavus Adolphus College athletic department for hosting the 2018 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship and congratulate all eight teams for three days of exciting competition.


Semifinal round recap courtesy of Dan Johnson, ITA Director of Communications & Marketing

ST. PETER, Minn. (Feb. 24, 2018) – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is competing in the ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship for the first time in nine years.

They are making up for lost time.

Seeded second in the eight-team field, the Stags stand on the doorstep of their first ITA National Indoor Team Championship, thanks to a 6-3 victory over No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis in Saturday’s semifinal contest at the Swanson Tennis Center, located on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

“It’s really special to be back,” said CMS head coach Paul Settles. “Tommy, his staff and the ITA have done so much for this event. Being here and playing on six courts is fantastic and the new schedule is great. It’s a really elite and special event. We’re thrilled to be playing for a national championship (Sunday).”

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps earned two of three points in doubles and grabbed a 4-2 lead following singles victories by Daniel Park at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-3 over Daniel Li) and Jack Katzman at No. 2 singles (6-3, 7-6 (4). Avinash Vemuri locked won the Stags’ match-clinching point with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win at No. 6 singles against Mark Wu.

To win its first indoor national title, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will have to take down the two-time defending champion and top-seeded Emory Eagles. Start time for Sunday's final is 8 a.m. CDT. Emory, who has reached the championship match at this tournament four straight years, staved off elimination for a second consecutive day.

The Eagles were pushed to the test by familiar foe, No. 4 Chicago. The Maroons, who faced the Eagles in the 2016 and 2017 championship matches, took the champs down to the very last court, which was No. 4 singles. There, Emory freshman Hayden Cassone outlasted Chicago’s Jeremy Yuan in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to clinch the match 5-4 in favor of the Eagles.

“It was amazing,” said Cassone of being rushed by his teammates following his victory. “Winning that match and clinching is such a big deal to me and makes me feel so happy.”

After playing two heart-pounding matches that saw the Eagles come within a few points of elimination, Cassone knows there isn’t much time to celebrate Saturday’s accomplishment.

“It’s the finals and another tough match, so we have to let this one go and get ready for the next one,” said Cassone.

For updated draws, results, live scoring and video, daily recaps and photo galleries, head to the Division III Men’s National Indoors event page. On social media, be sure to follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #ITAIndoors to join the conversation.


Quarterfinal round recap courtesy of Dan Johnson, ITA Director of Communications & Marketing. 

ST. PETER, Minn. (Feb. 23, 2018) - The defending champs were teetering on the brink of elimination.

Trailing host and No. 8 seed Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday in the opening round of the 2018 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, the top-seeded Emory Eagles had to use every ounce of the word on the back of their uniform.

Fight.

The Swanson Tennis Center, located on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, was packed with fans who were into the match from the outset. Their energy, combined with gutsy play from the Gusties, provided the home team with a 4-3 advantage.

With no room left to spare, Emory needed to find a way to win out with two courts still in play. They did just that. Hayden Cassone leveled the contest 4-4 with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles, and Scott Rubinstein scored a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles to set off Emory’s celebration and advancement in Saturday’s semifinal round.

“The match turned on a dime,” said Emory head coach John Browning, whose team will take on No. 4 Chicago in the semifinals, with a scheduled Noon CDT, start. “We were up a set on basically (every court) and Gustavus showed a lot of heart and honestly, we should’ve lost that match. We were within a point or two of doing so and got very lucky.”

The Gusties, who in addition to playing in the tournament are serving as host, were buoyed by the support of the Saint Peter and Gustavus Adolphus College community.

“It was so special,” said Gustavus Adolphus head coach Tommy Valentini. “To have this event at our place means the world to us. We are grateful and cherish the feelings. Hopefully we’ll continue to get better (as a team) from having played in a match like this one.”

Friday’s action began with No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis taking on No. 6 University of Redlands. The Bears, led by head coach Roger Follmer in his 17th year, jumped out to a 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles, and went on to win the match 9-0. Johnny Wu secured the match-clinching point for the Bears with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over Chase Lipscomb. Washington University in St. Louis placed third in this event last year.

Facing Washington University in St. Louis in the semifinals will be the No. 2 seed, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Stags rallied from a slow start in doubles against No. 7 Trinity to take all three courts, and the team didn’t drop a set in singles, scoring points on all six courts to round out the 9-0 victory. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Washington University in St. Louis will be the first match on the courts on Saturday, with an 8:30 a.m. CDT, start time.

The No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup proved to be as close as the seeding, with Chicago taking on Carnegie Mellon University. The Maroons won two of three courts in doubles and won the first two points in singles to gain a 4-1 advantage. Led by Daniel Levine at No. 1 singles and Revanth Boppana at No. 3 singles, the Tartans pulled within one point at 4-3, but Chicago’s Alejandro Rodriguez outlasted Robert Levin in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-4) to give the Maroons the crucial fifth point. Moments later, Jeremy Yuan ended the match with a three-set victory over Kailas Shekar 7-6 (3), 1-6, 7-5.

For updated draws, results, live scoring and video, daily recaps and photo galleries, head to the Division III Men’s National Indoors event page. On social media, be sure to follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #ITAIndoors to join the conversation.


ST. PETER, Minn. (Feb. 21, 2018) - Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the 18th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Indoor Championships Feb. 23-25 at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minnesota. Eight of the top 16 teams in NCAA Division III men’s tennis will square off to determine the 2018 ITA National Indoor Champion.

Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia (No. 1 in most recent ITA Division III poll) looks to defend its 2017 National Indoor Championship this year as the No. 1 seed entering the tournament. The Eagles have won the title the past two years and are striving for a record third straight ITA Indoor crown.

Joining Emory in this year's field are:

  • No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps of Claremont, Calif.
  • No. 6 Washington University of St. Louis, Mo.
  • No. 9 University of Chicago
  • No. 10 Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • No. 11 University of Redlands of Redlands, Calif.
  • No. 13 Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas
  • No. 16 Gustavus Adolphus College of St. Peter, Minn.

The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday with the No. 3 seed Washington University Bears taking on the No. 6 seed Redlands Bulldogs. The No. 2 seed CMS Stags take on the No. 7 seed Trinity Tigers at noon, followed by the No. 4 seed Chicago Maroons versus the No. 5 seed Carnegie Mellon Tartans at 3:30 p.m. The final match of the day featuring the No. 1 seed Emory Eagles against the No. 8 seed Gustavus Golden Gusties starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule has the winners of the quarterfinal round facing each other at 8:30 a.m. and noon, while the losers of the quarterfinals will begin consolation play at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday features the national championship match at 8 a.m. followed by the consolation championship, third-, and seventh-place matches.

Many of the top players in NCAA Division III will take part in this year’s tournament, including four of the top 10 ranked singles competitors. Top-ranked players in singles include Mohanad Alhouni (No. 1) of Gustavus, Jonathan Jemison (No. 4) of Emory, Chase Lipscomb (No. 5) of Redlands, and Jeremy Yuan (No. 6) of Chicago.

In the doubles field, four of the top 10 tandems will compete. Top doubles teams include Tyler Raclin and Yuan (No. 1) of Chicago, Adrian Bouchet and Will Wanner (No. 5) of Emory, Alhouni and Patrick Whaling (No. 6) of Gustavus, and Jake Berber and Nikolai Parodi (No. 8) of CMS.