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Emory captures title at ITA National Team Indoor Championships

ST. PETER, Minn. - Emory (Ga.) beat host Gustavus Adolphus 5-2 Sunday to capture the title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the Swanson Tennis Center.

Top-seeded Emory was making its third championship match appearance in four years at this event, winning its first title. Second-seeded Gustavus was looking to win its third straight title.

In today's final, Emory won the doubles point then got wins in singles from Alex Jacobs, Patrick Redmond, Josh Rubens and Jesse Ferlianto. Rubens clinched the win at No. 5, beating Kyle Anderson 7-6, 6-1. Jacobs, Redmond and Ferlianto all went 3-0 for the Eagles this week.

"We started out a little flat this week, but we we got better as it went along." Emory coach John Browning said. "This is a great tournament because it lets you know where you're at as a team, and winning it gives you a lot of confidence for the remainder of the season."

This tournament featured six of the top eight teams in the latest ITA Rankings and is a preview of the season-ending NCAA Championships in May. Emory, last season's NCAA champ, entered this week's tournament at No. 1 in the ITA Rankings.

Emory beat MIT in Friday's first round and Trinity (Texas) in yesterday's semifinals, both by 5-2 scores. The Eagles, who have no seniors in their starting lineup, have appeared in all four ITA National Team Indoor Championships, and improved to
9-3 at this event. Gustavus falls to 8-2 in four ITA showings.

UC-Santa Cruz beat Trinity (Texas) 4-2 to finish third today. Washington & Lee (Va.) beat Washington (Mo.) 4-2 in last night's fifth-place match.
MIT topped Bates (Maine) 4-2 in the seventh-place match.

(Story courtesy of Casey Angle, ITA Media Relations)

#1 Emory and #2 Gustavus Advance to ITA Indoor Championship

Host Gustavus Adolphus and Emory (Ga.) picked up semifinal wins tonight at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the Swanson Tennis Center.

Gustavus edged UC-Santa Cruz 5-2 and Emory topped Trinity (Texas) 5-2 in
tonight's semifinals. Sunday's 9 a.m. CT final is a rematch of last year's
championships match, a 4-3 Gustavus win. The Gusties will be looking for their third straight title at this event and Emory will be making its third final
appearance in four years, looking for its first title.

Against UCSC, Gustavus won the doubles point, then got wins in singles from
Loren Collins, Ben Lundell, Kyle Anderson and Jesse Brauer. Anderson topped
Kevin Casey 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to clinch the victory and halt a
Banana Slug comeback. Gustavus has now beaten UCSC each of the past three years at this tournament - last year in the semis and in the 2002 final.

Against Trinity, Emory won the doubles point, then got wins in singles from
Mark Odgers, Alex Jacobs, Josh Ruden and Jesse Ferlianto. Rubens beat D.J.
Petros 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 to clinch the win. Emory has also beaten Trinity three
straight years at this event - in last year's semis and in the 2002 first round

Trinity will face UC-Santa Cruz in tomorrow's third-place match.

In consolation semifinal play today, Washington (Mo.) topped MIT 6-1 and
Washington & Lee (Va.) beat Bates (Maine) 6-1.

This tournament features six of the top eight teams in the latest ITA
Rankings and is a preview of the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.

(Story courtesy Casey Angle, ITA)

Top Four Seeds Prevail on First Day of ITA Indoor Championship

The top four seeds held true in the first day of the ITA Division III Team Championship as #1 Emory defeated MIT 5-2, #2 Gustavus defeated Washington and Lee 7-0, #3 UC-Santa Cruz defeated Bates 7-0 and #4 Trinity edged Washington University 4-3. Emory will now face Trinity and Gustavus will square off with UC-Santa Cruz in the tournament semifinals on Saturday at 2:00 pm.

Emory opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over MIT. The Eagles won the doubles point with victories by the number one team of Mark Odgers and Alex Rodgers and the number three team of Patrick Redmond and Jesse Ferlianto. Emory pushed the lead to 3-0 with a win at #3 singles by Alex Rodgers. MIT bounced back with impressive wins by Evan Tindell at #1 singles and Thomas Dohlman at #2 singles. Both matches were very entertaining. The #1 singles match featured Tindell,who is the top-ranked player in Division III against the Mark Odgers, who is ranked fifth. Tindell claimed a 6-4, 7-6 win. At #2, Dohlman outlasted ninth-ranked Tyson Ramsay 7-6, 2-6, 7-6. Emory closed out the match with wins by Patrick Redmond at #4, Josh Rubens at #5 and Jesse Ferlianto at #6.

In the other morning match, Trinity slipped past Washington University in what turned out be the closest match of the day. Trinity won the doubles point with victories by Sean Fifield and Stefan Parker at #1 and Nick Kaloudis and D.J. Petros at #3. The #1 doubles match pitted top-ranked Fifield and Parker against 15th ranked Brian Alvo and Ari Rosenthal of Washington University. Fifield and Parker claimed a 9-7 victory. Fifield won at #1 singles to push the Trinity lead to 2-0, but then Marko Buskovski won at #3 singles to cut the lead to 2-1. Stefan Parker extended the Trinity lead to 3-1 with a win at #4 singles and then the Tigers clinched the match when Jordan Taillon claimed a marathon 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 win over Ari Rosenthal at #2 singles. Washington University closed out the match with wins at #5 singles by Zach Fayne and #6 singles by Chris Kuppler.

Host Gustavus opened the evening session with an impressive 7-0 win over Washington and Lee. The Gusties earned the doubles point with wins by Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen at #1 and Kyle Anderson and Roy Bryan at #3. The Gusties sealed the victory with singles wins by Loren Collins (#1), Adam Morgan (#2) and Ben Lundell (#3). Lundell was seriously challenged by John Malooly of Washington and Lee, but Lundell prevailed in three sets, 6-7, 6-2, 7-5. Gustavus closed out the match with straight set wins by Brett Morse-Karzen at #4, Kyle Anderson at #5 and Jesse Brauer at #6.

Third-seeded UC-Santa Cruz completed the first day of competition with a solid 7-0 win over Bates College. The doubles point was very tightly contested with the Bates team of William Boe-Wieggard and Sam Duvall knocking off 20th ranked Matt Brunner and Kellen Ali-Christie 9-8 in the #1 match. The Banana Slugs bounced back, however as Brian Casey and Bryce Parmelly won at #2 and Matt Seeberger andShane Templeman won at #3. The #1 singles match featured sixth ranked Brian Casey against #13 William Boe-Wieggard. Casey prevailed 6-4, 6-3. UC-Santa Cruz picked up wins by Seeberger at #2 and Brunner at #3 to clinch the victory at 4-0. Santa Cruz would go on to pick up wins by Templeman at #4, Kevin Casey at #5 and Andrew Cohen at #6 to make the final score 7-0.

Saturday’s action will begin at 8:30 am with consolation matches between MIT and Washington University and Bates and Washington and Lee. The semifinal matches will follow at 2:00 pm.

ITA Division III Indoor Team Championship Preview

Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Indoor Championships at the Swanson Tennis Center. Eight of the top 16 teams in Division III tennis will play off to determine the 2004 ITA National Indoor Champion. Both Gustavus Adolphus College (the 2002 and 2003 ITA Indoor Champion) and the University of California-Santa Cruz (the 2001 ITA Indoor Champion) will participate in the tournament. Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia is the #1 seeded team while defending champion Gustavus is seeded #2.

Joining Gustavus (#3 in current ITA Div. III poll), UC-Santa Cruz (#5) and Emory (#1) at the tournament will be Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas (#6), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of Boston, Mass.(#16), Washington University from St. Louis, Missouri (#7), Washington and Lee University from Lexington, Virginia (#8), and Bates College from Lewiston, Maine (#15). The tournament willegin on Friday morning with (#1 seed) Emory facing Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington University facing Trinity at 11:30 am. Later that evening, (#3 seed) UC-Santa Cruz will face Bates and (#2 seed) Gustavus will face Washington and Lee at 6:30 pm. 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 the semifinals beginning at 2:00 pm. The third place and championship matches will take place on Sunday beginning at 9:00 am.
The tournament will include many of the top players in Division III tennis including 16 of the top 40 ranked singles players. The ranked players include #1 Evan Tindell of MIT, #4 Loren Collins of Gustavus, #5 Mark Odgers of Emory, #6 Brian Casey of UC-Santa Cruz, #7 Brian Alvo of Washington University, #9 Tyson Ramsay of Emory, #11 Kevin Casey of UC-Santa Cruz, #13 Will Boe-Wiegaard of Bates, #16 Patrick Redmond of Emory University, #21 Paul McClure of Washington and Lee, #22 Ari Rosenthal of Washington University, #24 Shane Templeman of UC-Santa Cruz, #28 Adam Morgan of Gustavus, #31 Matt Brunner of UC-Santa-Cruz, #35 Josh Rubens of Emory and #40 Stefan Parker of Trinity.

Many of the top doubles teams will be present as well including seven of the top 20 ranked teams in Division III. That list includes #1 Sean Fifield and Stefan Parker of Trinity, #2 Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs of Emory, #4 Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen of Gustavus, #13 Brian Casey and Bryce Parmelly of UC-Santa Cruz, #15 Brian Alvo and Ari Rosenthal of Washington University, #16 Jordan Taillon and Jeremy Stone of Trinity, and #20 Matt Brunner and Kellen Ali-Christy of UC-Santa Cruz.

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