ITA Division III Men's Indoor Championship
Intercollegiate Tennis Association
2012 Division III National Team Indoor Championship
Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College
Emory Defeats UC Santa Cruz 7-2,
Takes Home 2012 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Title
Article courtesy of Nick Snow, ITA Communications Manager
ST. PETER, Minn. – The Emory Eagles, behind commanding doubles play, claimed the 2012 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship title at the Swanson Tennis Center on the Campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Emory swept through doubles play against the Kenyon Lords, winning by an overall score of 7-2. The title is the fifth in program history for the Eagles, which is the most of any team in the nation.
The complete draw can be viewed here, and complete results from each match can be found here.
“The Gustavus match was a little difficult for us.” Emory head coach John Browning stated. “I think our young guys felt the pressure a little bit in a match we were supposed to win. Overall I think that was good for them. I thought it really helped for them to be able to see that this team can overcome some deficits. I think we still have a long way to go to be where we need to be. We have a lot of work left to do. This tournament is all about building confidence and momentum early in the season and moving forward with that.”
Emory’s doubles play was much improved from the opening round of the tournament, when the Eagles dropped two of three points to Gustavaus Adolphus. Emory was able to sweep the doubles against Kenyon, and all three tandems executed at a high level once again in the finals. Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagner took control immediately at line two against Eli Scandalis and Devin Nerenberg. The Eagle duo won the opening three games of the match, with the one break in hand being all they would need. Scandalis and Nerenberg were able to hold serve throughout until the final game, when Kahler and Wagner broke to secure the win 8-4.
The matchup on court one also went to Emory, as Dillon Pottish and Chris Goodwin held off UC Santa Cruz’s Erik Rosner and Ian Stanley 8-6. The Eagle pair seemed to relax after Pottish was able to hold serve in a game that featured numerous deuces, evening the score at 2-2. Pottish and Goodwin broke serve in the next game, managing to hold serve the rest of the way to give Emory its second point. Line three was the only doubles match in which the Banana Slugs held a lead. On three separate occasions, Erich Koenig and Andre Halabi were up a break on Will Humphreys and Brian Kowalski, but only once were they able to consolidate the break. Humphreys and Kowalski found themselves down a break at 4-3, but reeled off four straight games to not only get back on serve, but go up a break for the first time. Koenig and Halabi were able to close to within 7-5, but the Eagle duo held on for an 8-5 victory, giving Emory all three doubles matches.
The Eagles did not let the Banana Slugs entertain thoughts of making a huge comeback, taking the first two singles matches off court to clinch the title. A day after providing the clincher against Kenyon, Ian Wagner once again came through with a big singles victory, defeating Halabi 6-4, 6-2 at the third position. The first set remained on serve until the final game, when Wagner came through with a break to take the set. He fell behind an early break at 2-1 in the second, but rallied to win the final five games of the match, which ended with a backhand sent into the net by Halabi.
Dillon Pottish, one of Emory’s seniors and current No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA Division III College Tennis Rankings, came through with the clinching victory. Pottish and Nerenberg exchanged early breaks of serve to start the match, but Pottish broke again to take a 5-3 lead. He served for the set at 5-4, but made several unforced errors to give the break back for 5-5. The Eagle senior was able to dig in the next game, pressuring Nerenberg with his aggressive baseline game. Pottish put away an overhead on break point, earning another chance to serve out the set. That service game was a battle as well, but Pottish finally prevailed when a Nerenberg slice went into the net.
Pottish seemed to have all momentum on his side when he broke to open the second set, but he was still frustrated at times by the stellar retrieving of Nerenberg. Pottish had a slight dip in his level of play to hand the break right back, but found his rhythm from the baseline again to go up a break at 2-1. Nerenberg continued to fight, chasing down ball after ball, but he did not have enough offense to threaten Pottish, who eventually closed out the match 6-4, 6-2.
The remaining four singles matches were played out despite the match being clinched. The Banana Slugs got on the board after a win at line two, as Erich Koenig split sets with Emory’s Kowalski before winning the third in a super tiebreak 13 points to 11. The Eagles took the next two matches off court to close out their scoring for the day, as Eric Halpern turned in a solid effort to win at the fourth spot 6-4, 6-4, while freshman Alex Ruderman defeated Sam Rodgers 6-2 in a shortened-format match. The final match of the tournament went to Santa Cruz thanks to Bryce Bettwy, who was able to overcome dropping the middle set to Emory’s Simon Lavoie-Perusse 6-1 to claim the third in a super tiebreak 10 points to seven.
The third place match between Kenyon and Washington University was also played on Sunday. The Bears claimed two of three in doubles from the Lords to take a 2-1 lead going into singles action. Each team grabbed a quick straight sets victory to push the score to 3-2 in favor of Wash U, but Kenyon evened the score at 3-3 with a win at line three. The Lords surged ahead for the first time on the day thanks to Tim Rosensteel, who defeated the Bears’ Bryan Haywood 6-3, 6-2 at the fifth spot. Wash U answered back with a win at the sixth position by Kevin Chu, making the matchup at line four the decisive match. The opening set of that match was decided in an intense tiebreak. The Bears’ Kareem Farah won the first four points, seemingly on his way to a one set lead, but Kenyon’s Wade Heerboth fought back to win the next five consecutive points. Heerboth was able to fight off a set point trailing 5-6, and produced two quality points after the changeover to win the tiebreak eight points to six. Farah was visibly dejected from letting the first set slip away, which Heerboth took full advantage of, winning the second set going away 6-1 to give Kenyon a third place finish.
“We are leaving here with two quality wins,” Kenyon head coach Scott Thielke said. “Wash U has been No. 1 in our region for a long time. We have lost to them so many times 5-4, 6-3, 7-2. This is the first time we have beaten them in a long time, maybe even ever. The key to today’s match was the play of our freshmen. All three freshmen that played singles today won in straight sets. It was also important to not get swept in doubles today. We played well at number two doubles, which helped keep us in the match.”
Emory, UC Santa Cruz to Play for 2012 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Title
Teams will face off at 9 am (CT) in championship match
Article courtesy of Nick Snow, ITA Communications Manager
ST. PETER, Minn. – Fueled by sweeping the doubles matches, top seed Emory and three seed UC Santa Cruz have advanced to the finals of the 2012 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minn. The Eagles posted an impressive 8-1 victory over four seed Kenyon, while the Banana Slugs claimed a 5-4 decision over two seed Washington University. The updated draw can be viewed here. Complete results for all matches can be found here.
First seed Emory didn’t get off to a quick start in doubles play, but managed to settle in against Kenyon before letting any of the three matches get away. The Eagles were down a break at lines one and three in the opening games, but managed to stay on serve at the second position. Emory’s Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagner were able to secure the initial break of the match for a 6-5 lead, rolling through the final two games for an 8-5 victory over Austin Griffin and Paul Burgin.
At the third spot, the Lords’ raced out to a 4-1 lead, seemingly in line to take at least one point from doubles play. Eagle tandem Brian Kowalski and Will Humphreys did not go away however, winning four games in a row to hold a 7-5 advantage and serve for the set. Kevin Ye and Jake Matthews managed to break serve to stay in the match, which eventually would be forced into a tiebreak. Kowalski and Humphreys were able to jump on top with an early mini-break, which was all they needed to take the tiebreak seven points to four. The matchup at the first position also appeared to be in Kenyon’s favor, as Michael Razumovsky and CJ Williams broke for a 3-1 lead against Emory’s Dillon Pottish and Chris Goodwin. The Lords made the lead stand up deep into the match, leading by as big of a margin as 7-4 when the Eagle pair took over. Pottish and Goodwin got the match back on serve trailing 7-6, following that up with a hold and a break of serve on a netted overhead by the Lords. Holding an 8-7 lead, Pottish was able to serve out the 9-7 win and sweep of the doubles for Emory.
Obviously energized by the stellar doubles results, the Eagles wasted little time in clinching the overall dual victory. The top-ranked player in the Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, Pottish, was first off court. He got off to a sluggish start against Kenyon’s Paul Burgin, falling behind 4-1, but rallied to win the final five games of the set to take it 6-4. Pottish was nearly perfect in the second set, dictating the points with his powerful baseline game and coming forward to finish off easy volleys. Pottish cruised through the second set 6-0, leaving Emory one point shy of advancing to the finals.
The Eagles would not have to wait long for the clincher to be provided. At the third spot, the Lords’ Williams took the first three games of the match against Wagner, but the he stormed back to get the set on serve at 3-3. The set stayed on serve until 5-4, when Wagner was able to break serve to win the first set. Wagner was determined to keep the momentum on his side, earning a break of serve early to put even more pressure on Williams, who was not able to hold his nerve. Wagner won the second set easily 6-1 after missing out on a couple of match point opportunities, moving Emory into the championship match.
The remaining matches were played to completion despite the insurmountable lead for the Eagles. The match at line two was a three-set victory for Emory’s Kowalski. Kowalski almost let a 5-2 lead completely slip away in the first set, managing to take it 6-4. Kenyon’s Razumovsky broke serve early in the second, never letting go of the lead to take it 6-3 and force a third. In the final set, Kowalski battled to win the final three games to take the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Emory also took the matchup at the fourth and sixth spots in straight sets, closing out the scoring for the Eagles. The Lords were able to salvage a point thanks to Tim Rosensteel at line five, taking the match 10 points to four in the super tiebreak against Simon Lavoie-Perusse.
For the Banana Slugs, it appeared that just salvaging one point from the doubles matches would be an accomplishment with the slow start they suffered. UC Santa Cruz fell behind early at spots one and three, but held strong at the second position. Even when Devin Nerenberg and Eli Scandalis went up a break on court two, they gave it right back to Kareem Farah and Kevin Chu of Washington University. Nerenberg and Scandalis managed to break right back in the next game, serving out the win 8-6.
The other two doubles matchups featured Banana Slug duos battling back from deficits to force tiebreaks. At the first spot, Ian Stanley and Erik Rosner of UC Santa Cruz trailed most of the match against the Bears’ Adam and Ross Putterman. But the Putterman’s could not put the match away, letting Stanley and Rosner hang around to force a tiebreak. The tiebreak was as tight as the entire match, with a netted volley by Adam Putterman giving the Banana Slugs a 6-4 lead. Wash U claimed the next point, but a service winner on the following point closed out the 9-8 (5) victory. On court three, Erich Koenig and Andre Halabi lost four games in a row to fall behind 7-4, but rallied back to even the score at 7-7 against Bear duo Cameron Chiang and Max Franklin. Each team held serve to move the match into a tiebreak, in which neither team held more than a two point lead. Chiang and Franklin were looking to even the score at six points all, but a double fault down match point secured the sweep for the Slugs.
Singles play did not provide immediate relief for UC Santa Cruz. The first match off court was a two sets triumph for the Bears, as Adam Putterman put away Nerenberg 6-3, 6-4 at the first position. One court over, the Slugs’ Koenig stayed on serve with Ross Putterman until 5-5 in the first, when Koenig was able to break; he took the opening set in the next game when Putterman netted a return. The second set was far less of a battle, with Koenig stretching a 2-1 lead out to 4-1. Putterman was not able to claw his way back, with Koenig winning the match 7-5, 6-2.
With things starting to tighten up ever so slightly, Rosner came to the rescue for UC Santa Cruz, clinching a berth in the finals for the Slugs. Rosner took the first set 6-4 with a late break of serve against Farah, but fell behind by a 4-1 margin in the second set. He was able to slowly turn the tide in the set, fighting back to even the score at 4-4. Rosner secured the crucial break in the next game for a 5-4 lead, which surely had to seem like quite the uphill battle to Farah with all that was on the line. Rosner’s service game was a straightforward hold for the Slug, moving Santa Cruz on to the finals against Emory.
“We competed well when we really needed to today,” UC Santa Cruz head coach Bryce Parmelly stated. “Even when we were down, we refused to give up. I thought we stayed connected as a team and just played well when we had to. We played a great match at No. 2 singles. No. 1 singles played a great match also. The match at No. 3 singles was an absolute war. Even in the match where we clinched, we were down 4-1 in the second set. I think the theme for the day was in crunch time we stepped up.”
The final matches in the lineup were also played to completion, with each being taken in three sets by Wash U. At the second spot, the Bears’ Gary Parizher dropped a tough opening set 6-4, but battled back from being down a break in the second to claim it 6-4 against Halabi. The momentum stayed with Parizher in the final set, as he took out Halabi 6-1. At line five, the Bears’ Bryan Haywood won the opening set 6-3 against Bryce Bettwy, needing just one break of serve to do so. However, Haywood’s game completely went away in the second set, with Bettwy taking it 6-0. The final set was reduced to a super tiebreak, where Haywood got back in rhythm for the 10 points to four win. Wash U’s Kevin Chu emerged victorious in the final match, finding a way to respond from losing the first set to Sam Rodgers 6-3. Chu won the second set 6-2, keeping momentum on his side in the super tiebreak for the slim 10 points to seven margin.
There were four other matches played on the day, all part of the back draw. In the morning session, fifth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer survived a tough test from home team and eighth-seeded Gustavus Adolphus. The Gusties held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, but the Sagehens rallied to take five of the six singles matches for the final margin of 6-3. The six seed Trinity was also in action in the opening session, taking on seven seed Chicago. The Tigers set the tone by sweeping the three doubles matches, tacking on four more wins in singles to defeat the Maroons 7-2.
The third session of play featured the fifth place and seventh place matches. The fifth place match may very well have been the match of the tournament, as Trinity defeated Pomona-Pitzer by a very deceiving margin of 6-3. The Tigers won two of three doubles, but did not successfully clinch the match victory until Jordan Mayer delivered a 7-5 in the third set triumph at the fifth position. Host squad Gustavus Adolphus was also in action for one final time in the tournament, but the Gusties made it count, picking up a 7-2 win over Chicago. Gustavus seized control of the match with the completion of doubles, winning all three available points.
Play wraps up on Sunday with the championship and third place matches, which are both slated to begin at 9 am (CT).
Top Seeds Through to Semifinals of
2012 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
Teams will play again on Saturday at 2 pm (CT) for a chance to advance to finals
Article courtesy of Nick Snow, ITA Communications Manager
ST. PETER, Minn. – It wasn’t easy, but the top four seeds were able to win their quarterfinal matches to stay alive in the main draw of the 2012 ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minn. Emory, Washington University, UC Santa Cruz, and Kenyon all fell behind after doubles play, but rallied in singles action to advance. The updated draw can be found here.
The first two matches of the day pitted the three seed UC Santa Cruz up against sixth-seeded Trinity, along with two seed Washington University against seventh-seeded Chicago.
Trinity came out of the gates quickly in doubles, claiming an 8-2 victory at the second spot for an early 1-0 lead over the favored Banana Slugs. The Tigers extended their lead to 2-0 thanks to a tough 8-6 victory on line one by Erick DelaFuente and Max Frey, ranked No. 5 in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. UC Santa Cruz was able to salvage one point from doubles play, taking the match at three doubles 8-6, but Trinity still held a 2-1 lead moving into singles.
The turnaround began soon after singles got underway, with the Banana Slugs taking lines one and three in straight sets to take a 3-2 lead. At the second position, Trinity’s Jacob Straus battled to win the first set in a tiebreak eight points to six against the Banana Slugs’ Erich Koeing. The second set was tight early, but Koenig was able to secure a break in the middle of the set to shift momentum in his favor for the first time. He was able to close out the second set 6-4, following that up with a nearly flawless 6-0 third set to put yet another point on the board for UC Santa Cruz.
Another close three-set match would provide the clinching point for the Banana Slugs. At the fourth spot, the Tigers’ Greg Haugen took the first set from UC Santa Cruz’s Erik Rosner 6-3 thanks to earning an early break. The second set remained on serve until the final game, when Rosner was able to break to take the set 6-4 and force a decisive third. Both players continued to play at a high level throughout the duration of the final set, and it was Rosner who was able to prevail to move his team into the semifinals.
“I am really proud of our effort today,” UC Santa Cruz head coach Bryce Parmelly said. “We lost one and two doubles, but three managed to play a great game at 7-6 to serve out the win at three. We actually felt surprisingly good heading into singles despite being down 2-1. I thought we competed well throughout singles. Our energy and effort were really good today.”
Washington University jumped out to a solid start in doubles, winning line two by an impressive 8-1 score to claim the first point of the match. The other two doubles courts were much more competitive, and the Maroons were able to capitalize by taking both. At line three, Zsolt Szabo and Krishna Ravella delivered an 8-5 victory to get Chicago on the board, which was followed up with an 8-6 triumph at the first position by Troy Brinker and Jan Stefanski. The Maroons took a 2-1 lead into singles play.
Washington University’s top player Adam Putterman, ranked third in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings, made quick work of Brinker at the first singles spot to even the overall score at 2-2. The Bears would move ahead 3-2 with the next completed singles match, a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 victory for Gary Parizher. The momentum swung heavily back in the favor of the Maroons with the next match off court, a titanic three-set clash. Washington University’s Ross Putterman breezed through the first set 6-1 against Stefanski. The second set was much tighter, but Putterman was still able to secure an early break. Putterman continued to hold serve, earning an opportunity to serve out the win at 5-4. It appeared he would be able to do so easily, up three match points at 40-0, but Stefanski fought off all three of them, eventually breaking serve. Stefanski held serve for 6-5, backing that up with another break of serve to win the set 7-5. Each player held to open the final set, but Stefanski won the final five games of the match for a stunning 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory.
The Maroons held early control of two of the final three matches on court, looking to be in solid position for the upset. However, the Bears Kareem Farah closed out a tough 7-5, 6-2 decision at line four, inching Washington University ahead once again. Chicago’s Deepak Sabada took the matchup at the sixth spot, winning the first set easily before battling back from being down an early break in the second. Sabada’s victory tied the overall score at 4-4, making the fifth spot the deciding match.
The Bears’ Bryan Haywood dropped the opening set 6-2 to Szabo, and fell behind a break at 4-2 in the second. He was able to get the break back, but still had to hold trailing 5-4 to stay in the match; he held successfully, eventually forcing the set into a tiebreak. The tiebreak was a battle, with Haywood managing to claw out the win seven points to five. Three holds of serve opened up the final set, but Haywood seized momentum with a break of Szabo for a 3-1 lead. He ripped a forehand return winner on break point in Szabo’s next service game for a 5-1 lead, successfully serving out the win in the next game to keep Washington University in the main draw.
“We played them twice last year,” Washington University head coach Roger Fullmer explained. “They beat us at home, breaking a long home-winning streak we had, and then we beat them at the conference tournament. I thought they played really well today. Kareem Farah is without a doubt the MVP for the Bears on day one. They had the momentum after we let triple match point slip away at two singles. We ended up losing that match, but Kareem switched the momentum back to our side with his win.”
In the evening matches, the top seed Emory was up against host institution Gustavus Adolphus, while four seed Kenyon faced off against fifth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer.
The home team got off to a quick start thanks to top doubles pair Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis, ranked No. 7 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings. The Gustie duo claimed line one 8-3, giving Gustavus the quick 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Emory Eagles took the second spot 8-3. The final doubles match at the third spot was on serve until 3-3, when Juan Luis Chu and Marcel Gyswyt of Gustavus broke for a 4-3 lead. The Eagle tandem of Brian Kowalski and Will Humphreys got the break back to even the score at 5-5. The match remained on serve until 8-8, when a tiebreak was forced to determine the winner. The Gusties won the first four points in the tiebreak, never letting the Eagles have a glimmer of hope; Chu and Gyswyt took the tiebreak seven points to two.
Emory flexed its muscles in singles action, winning a couple of quick matches in two sets to claim its first lead of the night at 3-2 in the overall score. The match at the first singles position also appeared to be going to the Eagles quickly, but Gustavus’ Donkena was able to hang with Campbell/ITA No. 2 Dillon Pottish. Donkena, ranked No. 8 nationally, lost the opening set 6-1, but began to find his rhythm at the end of the first set. He was able to stay in the majority of the rallies in the second set, eventually breaking Pottish for a 4-3 lead. Donkena protected his serve the rest of the set, taking it 6-4. Pottish gained the upper hand early in the final set, showing no signs of letting Donkena find a way back into the match. Pottish effectively controlled the majority of the points in the third, wearing down Donkena for a 6-1 triumph.
Despite being down 4-2, the Golden Gusties would not go away without a fight. The final three matches on court would all end with the victor having to battle to a 6-4 in the third set decision. Chu was able to keep Gustavus in the match with his three-set win at line three. He was able to break Emory’ Ian Wagner for the set at 5-4, but Wagner shook off the disappointment to win the second set going away 6-1. The final set was a back-and-forth affair, with neither player able to grad a decisive advantage. Chu finally broke Wagner for a 5-4 lead. The final game wasn’t an easy close-out for Chu, but he finished off the emotional encounter when Wagner’s forehand sailed long on match point.
Emory clinched the match victory with the win at the fifth position. The Eagles’ Simon Lavoie-Perusse was locked in a battle of a first set with Gustavus’ Tyler Johnson. The set eventually went into a tiebreak, which Lavoie-Perusse took the final four points of to win the set. Momentum shifted back-and-forth a few times in the second set, but Johnson earned a chance to serve for the set, which he did so successfully when Lavoie-Perusse missed a forehand wildly. The Eagle player shook off the second set disappointment, breaking serve early in the final set for a 3-1 lead. Lavoie-Perusse seemed poised to serve out the clincher for his team, but was stunningly broken at love at 5-3. With much of the crowd still in the stands, Johnson stepped up to serve trailing 5-4, but with all momentum on his side. However, Johnson played a tight game, missing a couple of easy volleys to fall behind match points. Lavoie-Perusse came up with a solid passing shot on match point that Johnson couldn’t return, sending Emory into the semifinals.
Fourth-seed Kenyon got off to a rough start in its match with Pomona-Pitzer, having to fight through a tiebreak at line one just to claim one point in doubles action. The Sagehens took the second spot 8-4 and the third spot 8-5. The matchup at the first position was dominated by the servers. In the tiebreak, Pomona’s Tommy Meyer and Uday Singh got out to a 4-1 lead, ready to give the Sagehens the sweep of doubles play. It was not to be, as the Lords’ Michael Razumovsky and CJ Williams reeled off the final six points of the match to salvage a point for Kenyon.
Singles play didn’t get off to a stellar start for the Lords either, as Pomona won the first set at the second and third spots. Paul Burgin was able to win the first set in a tiebreak at line one against the Sagehens’ Meyer, taking the second set 6-3 to begin turning the match in favor of Kenyon. The matches at lines two and three followed similar scripts, as Razumovsky and CJ Williams staved off defeat in tight 7-5 second sets to force decisive thirds. Razumovsky was able to get out to a big lead early, closing out Chris Weichert 6-3 in the third, but Williams had a tougher time putting away Max Sabel. Williams was eventually able to claim another point for the Lords with a 6-3 in the third triumph, leaving them one point short of advancing.
Kenyon continued its solid play in singles at the bottom of the lineup. At the fourth spot, the Lords’ Wade Heerboth took the first set from Singh 6-3, needing just one final set to deliver the clinching victory. Singh broke serve early in the second set, attempting to turn the match around in his favor, but it was not to be. Heerboth got the set back on serve, putting the pressure on Singh, who was trying to keep his team’s hopes alive. Singh was not able to do so, as Heerboth took a tough second set 6-4.
“This is the third time we have played Pomona-Pitzer in the last five or six years, and every match has been a war,” Kenyon head coach Scott Thielke explained. “We fell behind 2-1 after doubles and had to battle back in singles. We were down a set at No. 2 singles and came back to win 6-3 in the third. At No. 3 singles, we were down a set and 4-1, but came back to win 6-3 in the third. I am extremely proud of the way we fought tonight, but if we are going to have any chance against Emory, we have to play much better doubles.”
Play continues on Saturday at 8:30 am (CT) with back draw action.
Gustavus Set To Host 12th Annual ITA Division III Indoor Championship
Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the 12th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Indoor Championship at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minnesota. Seven of the top-15 teams in the NCAA Division III will square off to determine the 2012 ITA National Indoor Champion. Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia (#2 in the most recent Div. III poll) looks to defend its 2011 National Indoor Championship this year as the No. 1 seed entering the tournament.
Joining last year’s champion will be host Gustavus Adolphus College, Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri (#3), University of California at Santa Cruz (#6), Kenyon College of Gambier, Ohio (#7), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges of Claremont, California (#8), Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas (#10), and the University of Chicago, Illinois (#11).
The Tournament will begin on Friday morning with No. 2 seed Washington University (Missouri) facing No. 7 University of Chicago (Illinois) and No. 3 UC-Santa Cruz (California) taking on No. 6 Trinity University (Texas) at 11:30 a.m. At 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon, No. 1 Emory University (Georgia) plays No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus (Minnesota) and No. 4 Kenyon College (Ohio) battles No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (California).
Saturday’s schedule has the losers of Friday’s matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 a.m. The winners of the first round matches will play in the semifinals beginning at 2:00 p.m. later that day. The fifth and seventh place matches will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The third place and championship matches will both begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Many of the top players in Division III will be taking part in this year’s tournament, including five of the top-10 ranked singles competitors. Top-ranked players include Dillon Pottish (#1) and Chris Goodwin (#2) of Emory University, Adam Putterman (#3) of Washington University, Amrik Donkena (#8) of Gustavus Adolphus College, and Max Frey (#10) of Trinity University.
In the doubles field, four of the top-15 tandems in the country will be present. Top doubles teams include Max Frey and Erick DelaFuente (#5) of Trinity, Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis (#7) of Gustavus Adolphus, Max Franklin and Kevin Chu (#12) of Washington, and Erich Koenig and Parker Larsen (#14) of UW-Santa Cruz.