Ephs Fall to Emory 5-4 in NCAA Semifinals
CARY, NC – Williams got off to a fast start in doubles play today, unlike yesterday, but unfortunately the result was the same, a 2-1 deficit.
The Eph top tandem of Bryan Chow and Trey Meyer won comfortably and was the first pairing off the court, collecting an 8-2 win. The Emory third doubles team of Dillon Pottish and Brian Kowalski defeated the Ephs' tandem of captains Will Petrie and Kevin Shallcross 8-3.
At two doubles the Ephs' Matt Micheli and Felix Sun opened up a 5-2 lead only to see the Eagles' Ian Wagner and Elliot Kahler storm back and take the next five games to and craft a 7-5 lead. Micheli and Sun closed the score to 7-6, but the Eagles walked off the court with an 8-6 win and a 2-1 lead.
Emory quickly went up 4-1 in the match by winning at four and six singles in straight sets. Brian Kowalski downed the Ephs' Zach Weiss at four and the eagles' Alex Ruderman downed Will Petrie at six and it looked like Emory's highly-regarded Dillon Pottish was in line to defeat the Ephs' Trey Meyer in straight sets, but a furious rally by Meyer in the second set changed the complexion of the match.
While Meyer was extending Pottish, Felix Sun at two singles earned the second Eph point with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Chris Goodwin.
Meyer who won the second set after some delays by Pottish due to injury was eventually awarded the match when Pottish was unable to continue and suddenly the match score was now 4-3 in Emory's favor.
Junior Bryan Chow then tied the match at four singles when he fought off five match points to claim a 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, battling back from a 5-2 deficit in the third for the win.
The pivotal fifth point for Emory was delivered in the person of Ian Wagner who outlasted the Ephs' Matt Micheli 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.
"I'm unbelievably proud of how hard we fought and I'm extremely proud of this team," said eph head coach Dan Greenberg. I want to thank the seniors for everything they've done over the last four years to get us to this point. It's a testament to their hard work and dedication."
The Ephs will be back in action tomorrow playing at 9:00 AM in the third place match. This marks the second straight year the Ephs will have played in the third place match. The Eph foe tomorrow will be Washington University (MO).
Emory entered today's match ranked second nationally and riding a 23-match win streak, while Williams came in ranked third.
Williams and Emory have now met eight times in the NCAA Tournament and they have split the matches. Williams won the first four contests and Emory has won the last four.
With the loss the Ephs fall to 18-3 on the year and Emory improves to 24-0.
All-time now the Ephs own an NCAA Tournament record of 49-18 (.731) heading into tomorrow's third place match
Tennis Match Results
Williams College vs Emory University
May 22, 2012 at Cary, N.C.
Emory University 5, Williams College 4
1. Trey Meyer (WILM) def. Dillon Pottish (EUM) 4-6, 7-6 (3-7), retired
2. Felix Sun (WILM) def. Chris Goodwin (EUM) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Ian Wagner (EUM) def. Matt Micheli (WILM) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-5
4. Brian Kowalski (EUM) def. Zach Weiss (WILM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Bryan Chow (WILM) def. Eric Halpern (EUM) 6-3, 0-6, 7-5
6. Alex Ruderman (EUM) def. Will Petrie (WILM) 6-2, 6-0
1. Bryan Chow/Trey Meyer (WILM) def. Chris Goodwin/Will Humphreys (EUM) 8-2
2. Ian Wagner/Elliot Kahler (EUM) def. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli (WILM) 8-6
3. Dillon Pottish/Brian Kowalski (EUM) def. Will Petrie/Kevin Shallcross (WILM) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,2,1,5,3)