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Washington-St. Louis takes III men’s tennis title - Men's Tennis
May 19, 2008 11:10:13 AM

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The Bears of Washington University in St. Louis roared to a 5-3 victory over Emory to capture the 2008 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship at Bates’ Wallach Tennis Center on May 15.

It was the Bears’ first tennis national championship and the third title claimed by the school in 2007-08. Washington-St. Louis also won NCAA championships in volleyball and men’s basketball during the academic year.

Washington-St. Louis got off to a slow start against the 2003 and 2006 national champion, Emory, with Charlie Cutler and Chris Hoeland falling behind Michael Goodin and David Caplan, 4-0, at No. 1 doubles. Cutler and Hoeland, however, rallied to take the point, 8-4. The Bears’ Nirmal Choradia and John Watts extended the lead to 2-0 with a victory at No. 2 doubles.

Emory sliced the lead in half after Oliver Lopp and Michael Kaufman defeated Isaac Stein and Max Woods to take the point at No. 3 doubles. The Bears briefly established a 3-1 margin with Stein’s win at No. 6 singles over Colin Egan, but lost the edge on the strength of Goodwin’s upset win at No. 1 singles over Watts, the top ranked Division III player.

Emory’s Lopp posted a win for the Eagles at No. 4 singles but Hoeland went on to help push Washington-St. Louis’ advantage to 4-3 before Danny Levy clinched the championship for the Bears with a come-from-behind win over Caplan at No. 4 singles.

Washington-St. Louis head coach Roger Follmer called the victory an important one for the program. “This was a great match between two good teams,” he said. “We have come a long way and to be a part of history is great. The whole team should feel good about the accomplishment.”

Emory finished the season with a 19-7 overall record and the Bears registered a 21-4 mark to close out the year.

In singles action, Kenyon’s Michael Greenberg claimed the individual championship in come-from-behind fashion on May 18 when he defeated Middlebury’s Filip Marinkovic.

Greenberg, Kenyon’s first NCAA Division III individual men’s tennis national champion and the first individual titlist in any sport at the school except swimming and diving, dropped the first set to Marinkovic before storming back for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The first-set loss snapped Greenberg’s run of four consecutive straight set wins en route to the championship match. The streak included a semifinal victory over Washington-St. Louis’ John Watts, the No. 1 ranked player in Division III.

After losing the first stanza, Greenberg raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and eventually closed it out, 6-4. The final set was more tightly contested. Greenberg managed a 5-2 advantage before Marinkovic rallied to claim the next two games. The Kenyon sophomore steadied to take the final game of the set and secure the national championship. Greenberg finished the season with a 33-2 record.

Gui Schils and Larry Wang of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeated Gustavus Adolphus’ tandem of Andy Bryan and Charlie Paukert, 6-3, 6-4 to capture the men’s doubles title on May 18. Schils and Wang earned the program’s fifth doubles title after advancing to the quarterfinals last year and making an appearance in the semifinals in 2006. The duo earned a berth into the championships match with victories over the fourth-seeded squad of Randy Loden and Kaz Murata of Mary Washington and the No. 1 seeded Jared Kamel and Marc Vartabedian of UC Santa Cruz.

Bryan and Paukert defeated Bates’ Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe to advance to the championship match.


Claremont-M-S 5, Williams 0; Washington-St. Louis 5, Gust. Adolphus 2; Emory 5, Kenyon 1; Middlebury 5, Mary Washington 0.


Washington-St. Louis 5, Claremont-M-S 1; Emory 5, Middlebury 1.

Third-place match

Claremont-M-S 5, Middlebury 4.

Doubles: No. 1 -- Guillaume Schils-Lawrence Wang, Claremont-M-S, def. Filip Marinkovic-Andrew Thomson, Middlebury, 8-4; No. 2 --Chris Mason-Andrew Lee, Middlebury, def. Ben Hough-Eric MacColl, Claremont-M-S, 9-7; No. 3 -- Ronald Wu-Mike Starr, Claremont-M-S, def. Rich Bonfiglio-Andy Peters, Middlebury, 8-4.

Singles: No. 1 -- Wang, Claremont-M-S, def. Lee, Middlebury, 6-3, 6-1; No. 2 -- Marinkovic, Middlebury, def. MacColl, Claremont-M-S, 6-4, 7-5; No. 3 -- Starr, Claremont-M-S, def. Thomson, Middlebury, 7-6(12-10), 6-2; No. 4 -- Drew Sabater, Claremont-M-S, def. Peters, Middlebury, 6-2, 6-4; No. 5 -- Bonfiglio, Middlebury, def. Russell Brockett, Claremont-M-S, 6-4, 7-6(7-5); No. 6 -- Peter Odell, Middlebury, def. Hough, Claremont-M-S, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.


Washington-St. Louis 5, Emory 3.

Doubles: No. 1 -- Charlie Cutler-Chris Hoeland, Washington-St. Louis, def. Michael Goodwin-David Caplan, Emory, 8-4; No. 2 -- John Watts-Nirmal Choradia, Washington-St. Louis, def. Mark Boren-Hardy Ehlers, Emory, 8-4; No. 3 -- Oliver Lopp-Michael Kaufman, Emory, def. Max Woods-Isaac Stein, Washington-St. Louis, 8-5.

Singles: No. 1 -- Goodwin, Emory, def. Watts, Washington-St. Louis, 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 -- Boren, Emory, vs. Cutler, Washington-St. Louis, 5-7, 6-3, 4-3 (did not finish); No. 3 -- Danny Levy, Washington-St. Louis, def. Caplan, Emory, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; No. 4 -- Lopp, Emory, def. Woods, Washington-St. Louis, 6-3, 6-4; No. 5 -- Hoeland, Washington-St. Louis, def. Ehlers, Emory, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; No. 6 -- Stein, Washington-St. Louis, def. Colin Egan, Emory, 6-3, 6-2.

Individual results

First round: John Watts, Washington-St. Louis, def. Jared Kamel, UC Santa Cruz, 7-5, 6-0; Andrew Lee, Middlebury, def. Mark Boren, Emory, 7-5, 6-4; Michael Klimchak, TCNJ, def. John Kauss, Gust. Adolphus, 6-2, 6-0; John Mook, Chris. Newport, def. Larry Wang, Claremont-M-S, 6-4, 7-5; Chris Fletcher, Methodist, def. Garrett Gates, Bowdoin, 6-4, 6-1; Cameron Taylor, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Kortney Keith, DePauw, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(6); Michael Greenberg, Kenyon, def. James Furr, Trinity (Tex.), 6-1, 6-0; Randy Loden, Mary Washington, def. Dan Greenberg, Williams, 6-2, 6-1; Michael Goodwin, Emory, def. Eric Wagar, Redlands, 7-6(3), 6-2; Stephen Sullivan, Bowdoin, def. Miguel Yunes, Carthage, 6-1, 6-2; Spencer Feldman, Trinity (Conn.), def. John Pelton, Hope, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Oliver Gaines, Trinity (Tex.), def. Brendan Kincaid, Salisbury, 6-7(4), 7-5, 3-3(ret.); John James, Mary Washington, def. Dustin Phillips, Texas-Tyler, 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4); Charlie Cutler, Washington-St. Louis, def. Zach Lerner, Amherst, 7-6(5), 6-3); David Maldow, Johns Hopkins, def. Max Ortiz, UC Santa Cruz, 6-3, 6-1; Fil Marinkovic, Middlebury, def. Andy Bryan, Gust. Adolphus, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3).

Second round: Watts, Washington-St. Louis, def. Lee, Middlebury, 6-2, 7-5; Klimchak, TCNJ, def. Mook, Chris. Newport, 6-2, 6-2; Fletcher, Methodist, def. Taylor, Pomona-Pitzer, 6-3, 6-2; Greenberg, Kenyon, def. Loden, Mary Washington, 6-4, 6-1; Sullivan, Bowdoin, def. Goodwin, Emory, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Feldman, Trinity (Conn.), def. Gaines, Trinity (Tex.), 6-2, 6-2; Cutler, Washington-St. Louis, def. James, Mary Washington, 6-1, 6-1; Marinkovic, Middlebury, def. Maldow, Johns Hopkins, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4).

Quarterfinals: Watts, Washington-St. Louis, def. Klimchak, TCNJ, 6-1, 6-2; Greenberg, Kenyon, def. Fletcher, Methodist, 6-2, 6-4; Sullivan, Bowdoin, def. Feldman, Trinity (Conn.), 6-3, 6-3; Marinkovic, Middlebury, def. Cutler, Washington-St. Louis, 6-4, 6-2.


Semifinals: Greenberg, Kenyon, def. Watts, Washington-St. Louis, 6-4, 6-4; Marinkovic, Middlebury, def. Sullivan, Bowdoin, 6-2, 7-6(2).


Championship: Greenberg, Kenyon, def. Marinkovic, Middlebury, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.


First round: Jared Kamel-Marc Vartabedian, UC Santa Cruz, def. Michael Klimchak-Roger Mosteller, TCNJ, 6-1, 7-5; John Mook-Eddie Glidewell, Chris. Newport, def. Michael Greenberg-Jeremy Polster, Kenyon, 7-6(4), 7-5; Guillaume Schils-Larry Wang, Claremont-M-S, def. Dan Greenberg-Bret Thacher, Williams, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Randy Loden-Kaz Murata, Mary Washington, def. Randy Lofgren-Kevin Newman, Denison, 7-6(7), 6-4; Fil Marinkovic-Andrew Thomson, Middlebury, def. Brendan Kincaid-Scott Burtzlaff, Salisbury, 6-1, 7-5; Dustin Phillips-David Ashlock, Texas-Tyler, def. Andy Bryan-Charlie Paukert, Gust. Adolphus, 6-2, 6-3; Ben Stein-Amrit Rupasinghe, Bates, def. Oliver Gaines-Ryan DeSantis, Trinity (Tex.), 6-4, 7-6(3); Charlie Cutler-Chris Hoeland, Washington-St. Louis, def. Casey Blythe-Joe Vasoonatara, Johns Hopkins, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Quarterfinals: Kamel-Vartabedian, UC Santa Cruz, def. Mook-Glidewell, Chris. Newport, 6-2, 7-6(5); Schils-Wang, Claremont-M-S, def. Loden-Murata, Mary Washington, 6-2, 6-2; Bryan-Paukert, Gust. Adolphus, def. Marinkovic-Thomson, Middlebury, 7-6(2), 7-6(3); Stein-Rupasinghe, Bates, def. Cutler-Hoeland, Washington-St. Louis, 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-1.

Semifinals: Schils-Wang, Claremont-M-S, def. Kamel-Vartabedian, UC Santa Cruz, 7-6(4), 7-6(2); Bryan-Paukert, Gust. Adolphus, def. Stein-Rupasinghe, Bates, 7-5, 6-4.

Championship: Schils-Wang, Claremont-M-S, def. Bryan-Paukert, Gust. Adolphus, 6-3, 6-4.

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