ITA Men's Indoor Championship

Intercollegiate Tennis Association
2005 Men's Division III Indoor Team Championship
Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College
February 25-27

Emory Defeats UC-Santa Cruz to Win
ITA Indoor Division III Championship, Gustavus Adolphus Finishes Third

ST. PETER, MINN. - Top-seed Emory University (GA) defeated second-seed California-Santa Cruz 5-2 to claim its second consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Indoor Championship. Gustavus defeated theUniversity of Redlands (CA) 6-1 to finish in third place. The tournament was held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

The championship match began with three very competitive doubles matches. Emory came away with the important doubles point by picking up wins at the #1 position, where Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs defeated Matt Seeburger and Matt Brunner 8-6, and at the #3 position, where Jesse Ferlianto and Patrick Redmond defeated Andrew Cohen and Bryce Parmelly 8-6. Santa Cruz won the #2 doubles match with Kevin Casey and Kellen Ali-Christie beating Tyson Ramsay and Josh Rubens 8-6.

Emory jumped out to a 3-0 lead by claiming wins at #2 and #3 singles. Mark Odgers defeated Kevin Casey, 6-1, 6-1 at #2 and Patrick Redmond defeated Shane Templeman 6-1, 6-2. Matt Seeburger kept UC-Santa Cruz in the match by defeating Yoji Masuoka 6-2, 7-5 to cut the lead to 3-1. The Eagles clinched the tournament title when Josh Rubens defeated Matt Brunner 6-0, 6-0 at the #5 position. The two teams split the finals two matches as Alex Jacobs of Emory defeated Kellen Ali-Christie 7-6 (4), 6-2, and Andrew Cohen of Santa Cruz defeated Tyson Ramsay of Emory 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Emory has now won two titles, finished second twice and third once in the five-year history of the Division III ITA Indoor Championships. Gustavus Adolphus is the only other team to have won two ITA Indoor titles.

Gustavus completed a successful weekend with a 6-1 win over the University of Redlands in the third place match. Redlands picked up its lone point of the match by winning the doubles point. Gustavus opened the match with a win at the #1 position as Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen defeated Michael Thoeresz and Andrew Elling 8-3. However, the Bulldogs rallied to win the other two matches in thrilling fashion. Sean Dolan and Ashwin Bhargava defeated Ben Lundell and Jesse Brauer 9-8 (3) at #2 and Robert Vincent and Brian Manning slipped past Andy Bryan and Roy Bryan 9-8 (4).

Gustavus came back to claim the convincing win by winning all six singles matches. Ben Lundell defeated Michael Thoeresz 6-4, 7-5 at #1, Adam Morgan defeated Andrew Elling 6-2, 6-3 at #2, Jesse Brauer defeated Sean Dolan 7-6 (6), 6-0 at #3, Brett Morse-Karzen defeated Ashwin Bhargava 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at #4, Andy Bryan defeated Robert Vincent 7-6 (5), 6-4 at #5 and Roy Bryan defeated Ian Bradburn 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at #6.

The consolation finals were played very late Saturday night with Trinity (TX) defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA) 7-0 to finish fifth and Washington and Lee (VA) defeating Mary Washington (VA) 5-2 to place seventh.

#1 Emory and #2 UC-Santa Cruz Advance to Final
of ITA Indoor Division III Championships

ST. PETER, MINN. - Top-seed Emory University and second-seed UC-Santa Cruz advanced to the final of the ITA Indoor Division III Championship on Saturday. The final will be played at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter on Sunday, February 27 at 9:00 am. Emory, the 2004 champion, defeated #5 Gustavus Adolphus College 4-3 to ensure its chance of a title defense. UC-Santa Cruz defeated Redlands 5-2 to claim its spot in the tournament finale.

Emory took the doubles point from the Gusties by winning at number one and number two. Emory's Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs defeated Gustavus' Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen 8-2 to claim the number one spot, while Emory's Tyson Ramsay and Josh Rubens defeated Gustavus' Ben Lundell and Jesse Brauer 8-3 to clinch the doubles point.

In singles play, the Eagles improved their lead to 3-0 with wins at number one and number two singles. At number one singles Yoji Masuoka defeated Ben Lundell in 6-3, 6-3 and at number two singles Mark Odgers defeated Adam Morgan 6-2, 6-2. Jesse Brauer got the Gusties on the board by defeating Jesse Ferlianto 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 at the number three singles spot. Gustavus' Brett Morse-Karzen pulled the Gusties within one point by defeating Patrick Redmond 6-3, 6-4 at the number four singles spot. At the number five singles spot, Gustavus' Andy Bryan tied the match up at 3-3 by defeating Tyson Ramsay 7-5, 6-3. Emory's Josh Rubens sent the returning champions back to final by defeating Roy Bryan 6-0, 2-6.

UC-Santa Cruz claimed the 2-6 singles points to secure its place in the tournament final. Redlands gathered the doubles points with wins at number one and number two. Michael Thoeresz kept the Bulldogs moving by defeating Matt Seeberger 6-3, 7-6 at the number one singles spot to give them a 2-0 lead.

The Banana Slugs came charging back with wins at the number three and number four spots. Kevin Casey got the Banana Slugs on the board by defeating Redlands' Andrew Elling 7-5, 6-2 at the number two spot. Shane Templeman claimed the number three singles point for Santa Cruz after dropping the first set to Redlands' Sean Dolan 4-6. Templeman outscored Dolan 6-4 and 6-3 to equalize the match at 2-2. Santa Cruz's Andrew Cohen defeated Redlands Aswhin Bhargava 7-5, 6-4 at the number four spot to move the Banana Slugs into the lead 3-2. The number five and number six singles spots were not going to go easily as each went three sets. Keilen Ali-Christie was able to secure the win for Santa Cruz by defeating Redlands' Eric Wagar 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 at the number six singles spot.

Top Three Seeds Advance to the Semifinals of the
ITA Division III Indoor Championships

ST. PETER, MINN. - The top three seeds advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Division III Indoor Championships on Friday night at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. Top seed Emory University advanced by defeating #8 seed Washington Lee 6-1, #2 seed UC-Santa Cruz advanced by defeating #7 Trinity 4-3, and #3 University of Redlands defeated defeated #6 Mary Washington 7-0. Gustavus was the only team not seeded in teh top four to advance to the semifinals. The fifth-seeded Gusties defeated #4 seed Claremont Mudd-Scripps 7-0.

Returning champion Emory University will face host Gustavus Adolphus College at 2:00pm on Saturday at the Swanson Tennis Center. The other semifinal will feature #2 UC-Santa Cruz and #3 University of Redlands at 2:00 pm. The championship and third place matches will take place at 9:00 am on Sunday.

The consolation round will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday with the University of Mary Washington playing Trinity University and Claremont Mudd-Scripps Colleges playing Washington Lee University. The consolation final will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday night.

2005 ITA Division III Indoor Championships Preview

ST. PETER, Minn. - Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the fifth annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Indoor Championships at the Swanson Tennis Center. Eight of the top 10 teams in Division III tennis will play off to determine the 2005 ITA National Indoor Champion. Defending champion Emory University will return to defend its title and is the #1 seed heading into the tournament. 2001 UC-Santa Cruz is the #2 seed and two-time champion Gustavus (2002, 2003) is the #5 seed.

Joining Emory (#3 in the current ITA Div. III poll), UC-Santa Cruz (#4) and Gustavus (#7), will be the University of Redlands of Redlands, California (#5), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges of Claremont, California (#6), University of Mary Washington of Fredericksburg, Virginia (#8), Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas (#9) and Washington and Lee University of Lexington, Virginia (#10). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is making its first-ever appearance in the ITA Indoor Championships.

The tournament will begin on Friday morning with #3 Redlands facing #6 Mary Washington and #2 UC-Santa Cruz playing #7 Trinity at 11:30 am. Later that day, #1 Emory will battle #8 Washington and Lee and #4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will play #5 Gustavus. Saturday’s schedule has the losers of Friday’s matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 am, while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2:00 pm. The third place and championship matches will take begin at 9:00 am on Sunday morning.

Many of the top players in Division will be taking part in the tournament including 20 of the top 40 ranked singles players. Some of the top ranked players include #1 Kevin Casey of UC-Santa Cruz, #3 Yoji Masuoka of Emory, #4 Matt Seeberger of UC-Santa Cruz, Jordan Taillon of Trinity, #7 Paul Bristow of Mary Washington, #10 Ben Lundell of Gustavus, #12 Tim Ryan of Mary Washington, and #15 Shane Templeman of UC-Santa Cruz.

In doubles play, 10 of the top 25 tandems in the country will be present including #2 Bryce Parmelly and Matt Seeberger of UC-Santa Cruz, #3 Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen of Gustavus, #5 Alex Jacobs and Mark Odgers of Emory and #6 Nate Hathaway and Paul Bristow of Mary Washington.

This will be the third consecutive year that the ITA Division III Indoor Championships have been held at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.