2020 ITA DIII National Men's Team Indoor Championship

Feb. 21-23, 2020 | Gustavus Adolphus College




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By Jacob Dye, ITA Digital Media Manager

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Feb. 23) - The one-seed and the two-seed were destined for the ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship. In a thriller, the Eagles of Emory University claimed title over the Stags of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 5-3.

The No. 1 ranked Emory Eagles were firing on all cylinders coming out of doubles play. The Eagles pair of Andrew Esses and Hassan Kenawi toppled Stags Daniel Park and Nic Meister, 8-3. CMS evened things up as Ian Freer and Nikolai Parodi claimed victory over Hayden Cassone and Antonio Mora, 8-7 (7-2). Nevertheless, Emory came back as No. 2 doubles pair Alec Rabinowitz and Will Wanner defeated Jack Katzman and Robert Liu, 8-6.

Singles play started off hot as the Stags, 9-1 on the season, claimed the first win. At No. 1 singles, Nikolai Parodi won in straight sets over Hayden Cassone, 6-0, 6-2 to even things back out. Finishing in order, No. 3 singles Nic Meister took down Andrew Esses, 7-5, 6-0. Emory began the bounce back when No. 2 singles Antonio Mora claimed victory over Jack Katzman, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. With the Championship match at 3-3, Emory answered at No. 4 singles as Mark Sverdlov won 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 over Ian Freer to give them the 4-3 advantage.

To claim the Championship, Emory’s Rex Serituk was able to get it done with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) win over Robert Liu, leaving No. 6 singles Hassan Kenawi and Daniel Park unfinished.

The nationally ranked No. 1 Emory Eagles won their ninth indoor title in the last 20 years.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps def. University of Chicago, 5-4
SAINT PETER, Minn. (Feb. 22) - The Maroons of Chicago lost a close 5-4 decision to the Stags of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first semifinal match of the day.

The No. 4-ranked Maroons (5-1 record) and the No. 2-ranked Stags (9-0) have played each other three times in the past four years of the NCAA postseason. On Saturday, the foes came in as the third and second seeds, respectively, in the eight-team ITA indoor tournament.

CMS threatened to go up 3-0 after doubles, after capturing wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. However, the No. 1 duo of Erik Kerrigan and Jeremy Yuan prevailed in a tiebreaker 8-7 to halve the deficit.

Singles split evenly with three victories for each team. The middle of the Maroon lineup came through clutch. Alex Guzhva was the first match done at No. 5 with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph. Yuan prevailed at No. 4 with scores of 6-3, 7-5. First-year Sachin Das rallied from a one-set deficit to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3.

While CMS will head to the Championship tomorrow at the Swanson Tennis Center at 8am CST, Chicago will play the third-place match at Lifetime Fitness, Bloomington at 9am CST.

Emory University def. Brandeis University, 5-4
The No. 1-ranked Emory men’s tennis team moved into the finals after posting an exciting victory over Brandeis in the semifinal round. The Eagles upped their spring record to 3-1 after registering a 5-4 decision over the No. 8-ranked Judges who slipped to 2-1.

Emory trailed by a 2-1 count after the conclusion of doubles, losing at Nos. 1 & 2 before the No. 3 team of Andrew Esses and Hassan Kenawi got the Eagles on the board with an 8-7 win over Colt Tegtmeier and Rajan Vohra.

After Antonio Mora evened the match at 2-2 with his 6-3, 6-3 victory over Anupreeth Coramutla at No. 2 singles, Esses gave Emory the lead for good when he scrapped to a 6-2, 7-6 outcome against Adam Tzeng at No. 3. Kenawi kept the momentum going with his win over Simon Kauppila at No. 6, 7-5, 6-1, putting the Eagles one point from clinching. After the Judges drew to within 4-3 following a win at first singles, both the Nos. 5 & 6 matches went into third sets. Rex Serituk came out on top at the five spot, rallying for a 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 decision over Nikhil Das, clinching the match.

Emory will face-off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Sunday’s title match at the Swanson Tennis Center. First serve is slated for 8am CST.

Case Western Reserve University def. Kenyon College, 7-2
CWRU claimed victory with a 7-2 upset win over Kenyon College.

The Spartans swept through the three doubles matches to carry a 3-0 lead into doubles play. Zach Hennessey and Jonathan Powell struck first at No. 2 doubles, defeating Pascal Lee and Thomas Kallarakal, 8-2. Neil Mabee and Anthony Kanam followed at No. 3 doubles with an 8-4 win over Evan Dean and Bryan Yoshino. At No. 1 doubles, James Hopper and Matthew Chen overcame an early deficit to take down Austin Diehl and Jacob Zalenski, 8-6.

Aaron Umen put the Spartans ahead 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lee at No. 3 singles, and Chaitanya Aduru locked the match up with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles over Dean.

Powell added to the Spartans’ advantage at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Kallarkal. Kenyon was finally able to get on the board with a three-set win from Diehl over Chen at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 13-11, before Kanam picked up a 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 5 singles. At No. 1 singles, Hopper fell in a heart-breaker to sixth-ranked Zalenski 7-6, 7-6.

The Spartans will face WashU tomorrow morning at 9am CST in Minneapolis at Lifetime Fitness, Lakeville while Kenyon College will face Gustavus at the completion of the Championship match at the Swanson Tennis Center.

WashU def. Gustavus, 6-3
The Gusties came out strong during the doubles point, claiming a lead over the Bears of WashU at 2-1 after an 8-7 breaker victory at No. 3 doubles.

In doubles play at No. 1, Yassine Derbani and Nick Aney took down Sam Komis and Daniel Li, 8-4, while the No. 3 pair of Xavier Sanga and Alex Budde claimed victory over Ethan Hillis and Mark Wu, 8-7(11-9). The Bears only win at doubles came with J.J. Kroot and Bernardo Neves over Michael O’Neil and Daniel Fouchier.

The Bears swept through singles claiming 5 of 6 courts. The clinch for WashU came at No. 3 singles as Daniel Li overcame Indraneel Raut, 7-6, 6-4.

WashU will take on CWRU tomorrow at 9am CST in Minneapolis at Lifetime Fitness, Lakeville, while Gustavus will take on Kenyon College tomorrow at 11:30am CST at the Swanson Tennis Center.

By Jacob Dye, ITA Digital Media Manager

University of Chicago def. Kenyon College (5-4)
SAINT PETER, Minn. (Feb. 21) - The morning began as the three-seed and 4th ranked University of Chicago faced off against the six-seed and 11th ranked Kenyon College. The Lords were trailing by one at the doubles point with the Maroons taking two of the three flights. 

The combo of Tyler Raclin and Julius Kim took down an 8-4 win, while Erik Kerrigan and Jeremy Yuan were also impressive, winning 8-3. Kenyon got on the board with a narrow tie break win at No. 2. In singles play, the Maroons put themselves on the edge of victory with straight-set wins at No. 5 and No. 6. Junior Alejandro Rodriguez only dropped a single game (6-1, 6-0) and Alex Guzhva also won (6-3, 6-1).

Chicago clinched at No. 4 when Jeremy Yuan captured his third-set tiebreaker and the deciding fifth team point (6-1, 2-6, 7-6). The Maroons will head to the semi-final tomorrow at 8:30am CST to challenge Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a spot in the Championship match.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps def. Case Western Reserve University, 6-3
The 2019 NCAA runner ups, CMS, handed CWRU their first loss of the season with a final of 6-3. The Spartans’ lone point in doubles came from Neil Mabee and Anthony Kanam in the third match, as the duo bested Jake Berber and Daniel Park 8-5. However, the victory came after a pair of losses in the top-two matches, as James Hopper and Matthew Chen suffered their first doubles loss to Ian Freer and Nikolai Parodi 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, and Jonathan Powell and Zach Hennessey dropped an 8-6 match to Jack Katzman and Robert Liu, the 23rd-ranked pairing in Division III, at No. 2 doubles.

Trailing 2-1 heading into singles play, the Stags extended their lead as Katzman bested 22nd-ranked Chan in the No. 2 match, 6-0, 6-0. Wins at No. 4 singles from Freer over Kanam, 6-3, 6-2, and at No. 6 singles from Park over Max Vicario, 6-2, 6-4, clinched the victory for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Despite the clinch, CWRU continued to put up a fight. At third singles, Aaron Umen topped Nic Meister (ranked 42nd in Division III) in three sets, 6-7, 7-3, 10-6. Sophomore Chaitanya Aduru followed at fifth singles with a 6-2, 7-6 victory for the Spartans over Liu. At No. 1 singles, Hopper came close to taking down Parodi, ranked third in Division III, but ultimately fell in a heart-breaking match, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.

The Stags will head to the semi-final tomorrow at 8:30am CST to take on the University of Chicago for a spot in the Championship match.

Brandeis University def. Washington University in St. Louis, 7-2
The fourth-seeded and eighth-ranked Brandeis University swept fifth-seeded and ninth-ranked Washington University, 7-2. The Judges opened the match with a key doubles sweep. Jeffrey Chen and Adam Tzeng rolled to the first point with an 8-0 victory at No. 2. Rajan Vohra and sophomore Colt Tegtmeier used a couple of late breaks of serve to take an 8-4 win at No. 3. Brandeis completed the sweep with a dramatic comeback at No. 1 doubles. David Aizenberg and Anupreeth Corautla trailed, 7-5, when WashU’s Benjamin vanders Sman suffered an injury. Bernardo Neves carried on the match, but the Judges were able to take advantage and complete the sweep with an 8-7 (7-4) win.

In singles action, the Judges moved within one point of clinching with a near-sweep at No. 6 thanks to Nikhil Das, 6-0, 6-1. WashU got on the board at No. 1, where Ethan Hillis defeated Aizenberg, 6-1, 6-2, and Koki Takabataki knocked off Vohra, 6-4, 6-2, at #5 to get the Bears within 4-2.

The Judges clinched the match at No. 4, where Chen used a late break in each set to defeat J.J. Kroot, 6-4, 6-4. The Judges completed the victory with a pair of come-from-behind wins. 

Tzeng defeated Daniel Li, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3, and Coramutla topped Neves, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 to seal the victory.

The Judges will head to the semi-final tomorrow at 12pm CST to take on Emory University for a spot in the Championship match.

Emory University def. Gustavus Adolphus College, 7-2
The top dog in the country, Emory University, claimed their stake after defeating Gustavus, 7-2. Emory is undefeated on the season and will look to take down Brandeis University tomorrow in the semi-final match.

Doubles was a hard-fought battle with Emory coming out on top, 2-1. The No. 1 combo of Hayden Cassone and Antonio Mora toppled Gustavus’ Yassine Derbani and Nick Aney (8-4). Only one of two losses for Emory came at doubles after Michael O’Neil and Daniel Foucher defeated Will Wanner and Mark Sverdlov (8-3). The second loss came at singles as Oscar Wikstrom took down Hassan Kenawi (1-6, 6-4, 7-5).

In singles, Hayden Cassone blew through Yassine Derbani in straight sets (6-3, 7-6). Mark Sverdlov clinched the match after defeating Michael O’Neil in straight sets (6-2, 6-4).

The Emory Eagles will take on the Brandeis Judges in the semi-final match tomorrow at 12pm CST.

By Jacob Dye, ITA Digital Media Manager

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Feb. 20) - The Swedish and Lutheran heritage, historic Gustavus Adolphus College, is playing host to this year’s ITA Division III Men’s Team Indoor Championship on the event’s 20th anniversary. First serve is slated for 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

Just a quick drive south of Minneapolis, eight of the best teams in Division III are set to face off at the Swanson Tennis Center. The three-day event will determine the Indoor champion, and each team is guaranteed three dual matches over the course of the weekend even if eliminated.

While Emory University comes into the tournament as the top-ranked team in the field, the two-seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps enters the weekend having never won the title. Emory University has taken home the indoor crown a total of eight times dating back to 2004.

While the University of Chicago is the reigning champion, it enters the event as the No. 3 seed looking to leave its mark again. The Maroons head to Saint Peter without a loss this season and impressive shutout wins over DePauw and No. 29 Kalamazoo.

Gustavus Adolphus College enters as the host and No. 8 seed and has not won the title since 2008. Five teams come ranked in the Top 10 of the Oracle ITA Rankings; Emory (1), CMS (2), University of Chicago (4), Brandeis University (8), and Washington University in St. Louis (9).

The University Athletic Association is well represented this weekend as it has five institutions attending; Emory University, University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Brandeis University, and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). UAA is the only conference with more than one institution represented.