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Eric Butorac and Kevin Whipple of Gustavus Adolphus College Claim National Doubles Title, Butorac Also Declared Singles Champion
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The final day of the 2003 NCAA Division III Mens Tennis Individual Tournament was dominated by Gustavus Adolphus College seniors Kevin Whipple and Eric Butorac. Both players advanced to the singles final and then teamed up to defeat Brian Murphy and Rob Condiotty of Redlands University 6-2, 6-2 for the doubles title. Whipple and Butorac become the fifth Gustavus doubles team to claim the national title and the first since Dave Jussila and Ryan Skanse in 1991. Butorac becomes the second Gustavus player to claim the national singles title. The final day of the tournament, which was being hosted by Gustavus, was played indoors due to rain.
The day began with Kevin Whipple (the #2 seed) defeating unseeded Vitaliy Pereverzev of Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6-2, 6-2 in one singles semifinal. In the other semifinal, Eric Butorac (the #5 seed) outlasted top-seeded Amir Marandy of California Lutheran University 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 which set up an all Gustavus singles final between Whipple and Butorac.
Once the singles semifinals were over, Gustavus Head Coach Steve Wilkinson asked the NCAA if it would be possible to play the singles final (which was scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm) after the doubles final (which was scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm). The NCAA Rules Committee denied the request saying that the schedule was set and could not be changed. Whipple and Butorac very much wanted to be fresh for the doubles final and felt that if they took part in what could be a grueling singles final they would not be competitive in the doubles final. Wilkinson then asked the NCAA Rules Committee if Gustavus could post a double walk-over with both Butorac and Whipple declared co-champions. The rules committee denied this request as well. The committee said if Gustavus chose the double walk-over, that both players would be declared finalists but no champion would be crowned. The committee informed Gustavus that its only option if the players chose not to play would be for either Butorac or Whipple to default and the other be declared the champion. The two players and Coach Wilkinson conferred and agreed they did not want to play, but yet they did not want to vacate the title for the record book, so their only option was to have one player default. Wilkinson instructed the two to come up with a way to have one player default to the other. Given that situation, Whipple volunteered to default. Coach Wilkinson addressed the situation by saying, "Neither Kevin, Eric or I wanted to play the singles match under these circumstances. The priority of all of us was to win the doubles title, and we did not want to do anything to jeopardize that opportunity."
Once the decision about the singles match had been decided, Butorac and Whipple rested for just over an hour and began the match with Brian Murphy and Rob Condiotty at approximately 2:05 pm (CST). The Gustavus duo jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead with both Butorac and Whipple holding serve and breaking Murphy and Condiottys first service. Both teams held serve until Whipple and Butorac again broke Condiotty and Murphy in the eighth game to take the first set 6-2.
The second set was almost identical to the first with Butorac and Whipple holding their serve four times while breaking Condiotty in the fourth and eighth games to win the decisive set 6-2. Whipple and Butorac finish the season with a record of 30-5 overall including a record of 28-0 against Division III opponents. Condiotty and Murphy end the season with an overall mark of 34-9.
Whipple and Butorac wrap up their three-year doubles career together with a mark of 77-12 overall and 65-4 against Division III opponents. The duo has posted a mark of 44-2 against Division III foes in the past two years. Whipple and Butorac became only the second duo in NCAA Division III history to advance to the finals in both singles and doubles in the same year. In 1999, Thomas Oechel and Brian Cummings of UC-Santa Cruz also pulled off the championship double. Oechel defeated Cummings in the singles final and then the duo went on to capture the doubles title.
The Second Day of the Singles and Doubles Tournament Is Complete
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The second day of the singles and doubles competitions has concluded at the NCAA III Men's Tournament Championships. Four individuals advanced to Mondays semi-finals while two doubles teams remain to fight for the doubles title on Monday.
In singles, the top two seeds each advanced with a pair of victories on Sunday. California Lutherans Amir Marandy continued his run through the bracket as the top seed with victories over unseeded Justin Ingoglia from Middlebury (7-5, 6-1) and number seven seed Mark Odgers from Emory (7-5, 6-4). Second seed Kevin Whipple of Gustavus recorded wins over unseeded Jason Abraham from Sewanee (7-6 (2), 6-0) and unseeded Conor Smith from Mary Washington (6-1, 6-4).
Joining Marandy and Whipple in Mondays final four will be fifth-seed Eric Butorac from Gustavus and unseeded Vitaliy Pereverzev from MIT. Butorac knocked off unseeded Kevin Casey from UC-Santa Cruz (6-0, 6-1) and fourth-seed Evan Tindell from MIT (3-6, 6-4, 6-2). Pereverzev recorded a pair of wins over third-seed Peter Taylor from Washington College (6-2, 6-3) and unseeded Nick Barnes from Coe (3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)).
On the doubles side, the Gustavus top-seeded tandem of Whipple and Butorac advanced to Mondays championship with a win over Washington Universitys team of Neil Kenner and Ari Rosenthal (6-2, 7-5). The third seeded team of Rob Condiotty and Brian Murphy from the University of Redlands knocked off the second seeded duo of Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs from Emory (7-5, 6-2).
Mondays action will begin with the singles semi-finals at 9:00 am. The singles championship match will start at Noon. The doubles championship match will begin at 2:00 pm. All matches will be played at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex. In the event of inclement weather, the action will be moved inside the Swanson Tennis Center. Use the singles and doubles links above to access Sunday's complete results.
The First Day of the Singles and Doubles Tournament is Complete
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The first day of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis individual tournament is complete. Under absolutely perfect conditions (72 degrees and sunny skies with 3-5 mph winds), the players completed one round of singles play and two rounds of doubles play. The tournament is taking place on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
The first round of singles competition took place in the morning with the seeds holding true to form with one exception. Unseeded Nick Barnes of Coe College defeated #6 seed Brian Casey of UC-Santa Cruz 7-5, 7-6 (2). There were some other thrilling matches including Tyson Ramsay of Emory defeating David Frankel of Pomona-Pitzer 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and
Jason Abraham of the University of the South slipping past Nathan Edmunds of Middlebury 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Top-seeded Amir Mirandy of California Lutheran University defeated Ben Crandall of Principia College 6-2, 6-3 and second seeded Kevin Whipple of Gustavus Adolphus College defeated Brian Murphy of Redlands University 6-1, 7-6 (6). Other seeded players winning included #3 seed Peter Taylor of Washington College defeating John Michael Cham-A-Koon of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6-4, 6-1 and #4 seed Evan Tindell of Massachusetts Institute of Technology defeating Brian Alvo of Washington University 7-6 (5), 6-4.
In the doubles competition, the seeds again held true with one exception as unseeded Neil Kenner and Ari Rosenthal of Washington University advanced past the #4 seed and defending national champions Ivan Yeh and John Michael Cham-A-Koon, 6-4, retired. Kenner and Rosenthal also won their second round match over Kevin Loden and Dan Uyar of Mary Washington College 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4. Kenner and Rosenthal will now face the top-seeded team of Eric Butorac and Kevin Whipple of Gustavus Adolphus College on Sunday, May 18 at 5:00 pm. Butorac and Whipple defeated Macafee Burke and August Felker of Bowdoin 6-2, 6-2 in the first round and Ryan Scott and Sean Fifield of Trinity University (Texas) 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. The second seeded tandem of Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs of Emory defeated Colin Ryan and Dan Williford of Rochester University 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the first round and Nick Barnes and Nick Frank of Coe College 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the second round. Odgers and Jacobs will face third seeded Rob Condiotty and Brian Murphy of Redlands
University in the other semifinal on Sunday afternoon. Condiotty and Murphy defeated Steve Hulce and Stu Brown of Middlebury College 6-2, 6-4 in the first round and Kevney Dugan and Dan Mann of Hope College 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the second round.
The tournament continues on Sunday with the second round of singles play starting at 12:00 pm (CST). The semifinal singles matches will follow at 2:00 pm and the doubles semifinal matches will follow at 5:00 pm. The individual championship will conclude on Monday, May 19 with the singles semifinals at 9:00 am followed by the singles final at 12:00 pm and the doubles final at 2:00 pm.
Emory Claims National Title with 4-0 Win Over Williams
After four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Team Championship, the Emory University Eagles can finally hoist the National Championship trophy above their heads. Head Coach John Browning and his squad defeated two-time defending national champion Williams College 4-0 to earn Emory's first ever NCAA National Championship in men's tennis. The Eagles, who lost to Williams 4-3 in the championship match last year, marched through this year's tournament in convincing fashion as they defeated Trinity (Tx.) 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Middlebury 4-1 in the semifinals, before dispatching Williams in the finals.
Emory picked up wins at the #1 and #2 positions to earn the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead in the match. Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs defeated Jeff Kivitz and Andrew Murray 8-4 at #1, but Williams countered with a win at the #3 spot as Scott Mackenzie and Daniel Murray cruised past Dylan Bird and Brad Jaffe 8-2. Emory clinched the doubles point when the #2 team of Jesse Ferlianto and Tyson Ramsay defeated John Haywood and Lex Urban 8-5.
In singles play, Jesse Ferlianto extended the Eagles lead to 2-0 when he knocked off Scott Mackenzie 6-1, 6-1 at the #6 position. Mark Odgers pushed the Eagles closer to the title with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over John Haywood and then Brad Jaffe sealed the win for Emory with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Jeff Kivitz. There were three matches in progress when Emory earned the fourth and final point. At #4, Daniel Murray of Williams was leading Alex Jacobs 6-1, 6-6. In the #5 position, Tim White of Williams was leading Dylan Bird 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 and at the #2 spot, Andrew Murray of Williams was leading Tyson Ramsay 6-3, 4-3.
Emory finishes the season with a record of 16-4. The Eagles cruised through the national tournament in convincing fashion surrendering only two points in four matches. Coach John Browning's squad opened the tournament with a 7-0 regional win over Rhodes and then posted 6-1 (over Trinity), 4-1 (over Middlebury) and 4-0 (over Williams) wins in the team championship finals.
The loss to Emory ends an impressive run for Williams. Coach Dave Johnson's squads had won two consecutive national titles and three in the past four years. In addition, the Ephs have now advanced to the national championship match in five of the past six years. Williams completes its season with a record of 16-4.
Gustavus defeats Middlebury 4-1 to claim third place trophy
The Gustavus men's tennis team claimed third place honors for the second year in a row with a 4-1 win over Middlebury College on Friday morning. The top-seeded Gusties rebounded from their disappointing 4-1 loss to Williams in the semifinals by playing a strong match against the Panthers.
Gustavus picked up wins at the #1 and #3 positions to earn the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Gusties #1 doubles team of Eric Butorac and Kevin Whipple looked sharp in defeating Stu Brown and Steve Hulce 8-2. The #3 team of Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen picked up the all-important second doubles victory by defeating Justin Ingoglia and Jeff Oldenburg 8-4. The #2 doubles match was stopped with Middlebury's Nathan Edmunds and Brian Waldron leading Kyle Anderson and Ben Lundell 6-3.
In singles play, Gustavus pushed its lead to 2-0 when Eric Butorac defeated Nathan Edmunds 6-3, 6-0 at the #2 position. Middlebury cut the lead to 2-1 when Brian Waldron defeated Kyle Anderson 6-3, 6-3 at the #3 spot. The Gusties increased their lead to 3-1 when Kevin Whipple defeated Justin Ingoglia 6-2, 6-2 at the #1 position and then claimed the decisive fourth point when Ben Lundell defeated Ari Beilin 6-3, 6-2 at the #4 spot. When the match was stopped, the #5 position had Gustavus's Adam Morgan win the first set over Steve Hulce, but Hulce was winning the second set 5-1 and the #6 position had Middlebury's Jeff Oldenburg win the first set 6-4, but the Gusties Brett Morse-Karzen won the second set 6-3. Oldenburg was leading 3-1 in the third set.
With the win, Gustavus posted its fourth consecutive top four finish at the NCAA Division III Team Championship. The Gusties finished second in 2000, fourth in 2001, third in 2002 and now another third in 2003. Middlebury, which was making its second ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, recorded its first top four finish.
Emory, Williams to Play for Division III Men's Tennis Championship
Emory University, the second seed and Williams College, the two-time defending national champions, will play for the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis team title on Friday at 2:00 pm at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Emory advanced to the final with a 4-1 win over #3 seed Middlebury, while Williams earned the right to defend their national title by upsetting top-seed Gustavus Adolphus 4-1. It will be a re-match of last year's national championship match where Williams defeated Emory 4-3 in Santa Cruz, California.
Emory took a 1-0 lead in its match against Middlebury by winning two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. At the #1 spot, Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs defeated Stu Brown and Steve Hulce 8-6, while Dylan Bird and Brad Jaffe defeated Justin Ingoglia and Jeff Oldenburg 8-2 in the third doubles match. At the #2 spot, Nathan Edmunds and Brian Waldron of Middlebury were leading Jesse Ferlianto and Tyson Ramsay 5-4 when the match was stopped.
In singles play, the Eagles earned straight set victories at the #4 and #5 positions to push their lead to 3-0. At #4, Alex Jacobs defeated Ari Beilin 6-0, 6-2 and at the #5 position, Dylan Bird defeated Steve Hulce 6-2, 6-3. Middlebury cut the lead to 3-1 when Nathan Edmunds defeated Tyson Ramsay 6-0, 6-4 in the #2 spot, but Emory clinched the victory when #1 player Mark Odgers defeated Justin Ingoglia 6-4, 6-4. The match was stopped once Emory had earned the decisive fourth point. In the other matches, Brad Jaffe of Emory was leading Brian Waldron 7-6, 3-2 at three singles, while the sixth singles match had Jeff Oldenburg of Middlebury winning the first set against Jesse Ferlianto 7-6 and the second set was tied at 1-1.
Williams got off to a quick start against Gustavus by winning the #2 and #3 doubles matches and earning the doubles point. The Ephs #3 doubles team of Scott Mackenzie and Daniel Murray cruised to an 8-2 win over Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen, while the #2 doubles team of John Haywood and Lex Urban picked up a hard-fought 8-6 win over Kyle Anderson and Ben Lundell. Gustavus won the #1 doubles match as Eric Butorac and Kevin Whipple defeated Jeff Kivitz and Andrew Murray 8-5. The Gusties had not lost the doubles point to a Division III opponent this season (24-0) and had won 32 consecutive doubles points dating back to April 21, 2002. The doubles point would turn out to be the difference for Williams.
In singles play, the Ephs extended their lead to 3-0 when Jeff Kivitz defeated Kyle Anderson at the #3 position, 6-3, 6-1 and Lex Urban defeated Brett Morse-Karzen at the #6 position, 6-3, 6-3. Gustavus cut the lead to 3-1 when Kevin Whipple defeated John Haywood, 6-3, 6-2, but Williams picked up the deciding point when Daniel Murray defeated Ben Lundell at the #4 position, 6-4, 6-2. Gustavus was leading at both #2 singles (Eric Butorac held a 6-3, 5-3 advantage over Andrew Murray) and #5 singles (Adam Morgan led Tim White 6-7 (1), 6-1, 2-0) when the Ephs captured the decisive point. The loss was the first that the Gusties had suffered against a Division III opponent this season (24-0).
Gustavus will now play Middlebury at 9:00 am in the third place match. The Gusties defeated UC-Santa Cruz 5-0 for third place last year in Santa Cruz, California.
Williams Advances to Championship Final with 4-1 win over Gustavus
Williams College continued its quest for a third consecutive Division III team championship by surprising #1 seed Gustavus Adolphus 4-1 on the Gusties home courts. Williams won the doubles point by claiming wins at #2 and #3 doubles and then added the three points needed for the win by winning at #3, #4 and #6 singles. Gustavus was leading at both #2 singles and #5 singles when the Ephs captured the decisive point at #4 singles. The loss was the first that the Gusties had suffered against a Division III opponent this season and the turning point appeared to be in the doubles matches where Gustavus failed to earn the point for the first time this season and the first time in the past 32 matches against a Division III opponent. Williams will now move on to face Emory at 2:00 pm on Friday for the Division III team championship.
Emory Advances to Championship Final with 4-1 Win Over Middlebury
Emory University advanced to the national championship match for the second consecutive year with a convincing 4-1 win over Middlebury College on Thursday morning. The tournament is being played at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Eagles will play the winner of the Gustavus Adolphus College/Williams College match on Friday at 2:00 pm (CST) for the 2003 NCAA Division III team championship. Emory lost to Williams College 4-3 in last year's title match which was played in Santa Cruz, California.
Emory took a 1-0 lead in the match by winning two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. At the #1 spot, Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs defeated Stu Brown and Steve Hulce 8-6, while Dylan Bird and Brad Jaffe defeated Justin Ingoglia and Jeff Oldenburg 8-2 in the third doubles match. At the #2 spot, Nathan Edmunds and Brian Waldron of Middlebury were leading Jesse Ferlianto and Tyson Ramsay 5-4 when the match was stopped.
In singles play, the Eagles earned straight set victories at the #4 and #5 positions to push their lead to 3-0. At #4, Alex Jacobs defeated Ari Beilin 6-0, 6-2 and at the #5 position, Dylan Bird defeated Steve Hulce 6-2, 6-3. Middlebury cut the lead to 3-1 when Nathan Edmunds defeated Tyson Ramsay 6-0, 6-4 in the #2 spot, but Emory clinched the victory when #1 player Mark Odgers defeated Justin Ingoglia 6-4, 6-4. The match was stopped once Emory had earned the four points needed to advance. In the other matches, Brad Jaffe of Emory was leading Brian Waldron 7-6, 3-2 at three singles , while the sixth singles match had Jeff Oldenburg of Middlebury winning the first set against Jesse Ferlianto 7-6 and the second set was tied at 1-1.
Conditions were perfect for the competition with the temperature at 57 degrees under beautiful blue skies and the winds out of the east at 10 miles per hour.
Gustavus Adolphus, Williams, Middlebury and Emory Advance to Semifinals of NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Team Championship
(St. Peter, Minn. - Wednesday, May 14, 2003) - Top-seeded Gustavus Adolphus College, second seeded Emory University, third-seeded Middlebury College and two-time defending national champion (but unseeded) Williams College advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Team Championship. The tournament began today on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter, Minnesota. Emory will now face Middlebury at 9:00 am on Thursday morning in one semifinal match while Gustavus will battle Williams at 2:00 pm in the other semifinal.
Emory started the day with a convincing 6-1 win over Trinity University. The Eagles won two doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Mark Odgers and Alex Jacobs won 8-3 at the #1 position and Dylan Bird and Brad Jaffe won 8-6 at the #3 position. In singles play, Emory picked up three quick wins to claim the four points needed to win the match. Mark Odgers defeated Stefan Parker at #1 7-6 (2), 6-0, Tyson Ramsay defeated Ryan Scott at #2 6-3, 6-2 and Brad Jaffe defeated Adam Rubinstein 6-4, 6-3 at #3. The Eagles also got a win from Jesse Ferlianto at #6 singles. The lone Trinity victory came at #5 singles where Sean Fifield defeated Dylan Bird 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-5.
Middlebury earned the second spot in the semifinals with a strong 4-0 win over Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri. The Panthers won the doubles point when Stu Brown and Steve Hulce defeated Neil Kenner and Ari Rosenthal 8-5 at the #1 position and Nathan Edmunds and Brian Waldron defeated Max Schlather and Shaul Yecheskel 8-4 at the #2 position. In singles play, Middlebury picked up the necessary three wins quickly and the match was stopped with the Panthers holding the 4-0 lead. Nathan Edmunds defeated Brian Alvo 6-3, 6-2 at the second position, while Brian Waldron defeated Max Schlather 6-3, 6-3 at the third position and Ari Beilin defeated David Genovese 6-4, 6-2 at the fourth position.
Host Gustavus Adolphus claimed the third semifinal spot with a 5-1 win over Mary Washington College of Virginia. The match was moved indoors when thunderstorms rumbled through St. Peter in the early afternoon. The Gusties clinched the doubles point as Eric Butorac and Kevin Whipple posted an 8-5 win at #1 and Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen claimed a 8-4 win at #3. In singles play, Mary Washington pushed the top-seeded Gusties winning one match and forcing two other matches to three sets. Kevin Whipple won at #1 singles by defeating Conor Smith 4-6 6-0, 6-2, while Eric Butorac cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kevin Loden in the #2 position. Ben Lundell clinched the match with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Jon Clair at the #4 position. Mary Washington picked up a win at #3 singles where Paul Bristow defeated Kyle Anderson, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3.
The most hotly contested match of the day turned out to be the University of California at Cruz versus Williams College contest which was also played indoors. UC-Santa Cruz was the #4 seed in the eight-team tournament while Williams was unseeded. Williams jumped out to a 3-0 lead after winning the doubles point and the #2 (Andrew Murray over Kevin Casey 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) and #3 (Jeff Kivitz over Shane Templeman 5-7, 6-0, 6-4) singles matches. UC-Santa Cruz, however came storming back and tied the match at 3-3 with wins at #1 singles (Brian Casey over John Haywood, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4), #4 singles (Andrew Cohen over Dan Murray 6-2, 6-4) and #5 singles (Brett Brunner over Tim White 6-4, 6-4). The match was decided at #6 singles where Lex Urban defeated Ben Bartels 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3. Williams kept their hopes of third consecutive NCAA Division III National Team Title alive with the 4-3 victory. The Ephs will now face Gustavus on Thursday at 2:00 pm.
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