CLEVELAND, OH – Different year, same result.
In a rematch of the 2016 final, Emory once again got the better of Chicago as the top-seeded Eagles soared to their second-straight, and seventh overall, ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship with a 5-1 victory in the 2017 final, which was held on Sunday morning at the Cleveland Racquet Club, and hosted by Case Western Reserve University.
After falling behind 2-1 in doubles each of the first two days of the championship, Emory swept Chicago in doubles on Sunday to snag an early 3-0 lead. David Omsky and Jonathan Jemison, the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup Division III doubles champion, won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles over Charlie Pei and Bobby Bethke. At No. 2 doubles, Adrien Bouchet and Max Renke edged Tyler Raclin and Max Hawkins 8-5, and at No. 1 doubles, Scott Rubinstein and James Spaulding outlasted Ninan Kumar and Erik Kerrigan 9-8 (5).
The Eagles carried the doubles momentum into singles, jumping out to first set leads on four courts. Emory’s Bouchet recorded the team’s fourth point at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory Pei, and moments later at No. 1 singles, Aman Manji secured the Eagles’ championship with a 6-3, 6-1 win over David Liu. Chicago’s Nicholas Chua beat Jemison 7-5, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to score his team’s lone point. Following the conclusion of the No. 2 singles contest, both coaches agreed to call off the remaining singles matches.
In the third-place match, Carnegie Mellon and Washington University in St. Louis battled down to the No. 6 singles position. With the match deadlocked 4-4, Robin Engel of Washington University in St. Louis and Kunal Wadwani of Carnegie Mellon battled to secure victory for their team. Engel won the match 6-1, 6-2 to give the Bears the third-place trophy.
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