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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – A year ago Williams beat archrival Amherst in the regional final to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals where the Ephs lined up against Emory.
Emory downed Williams 5-3 in the 2017 NCAA Quarterfinals and in 2012 Emory prevailed in the NCAA semifinals, 5-2.
Williams and Emory will play Mon., May 21at 12:00 PM in Claremont, California, which is 3:00 PM EST.
"We're very excited to play Emory again," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "We've had some epic matches with them at NCAAs, but they've edged us the last couple of times, so hopefully we can turn the tide. Our guys have played a few of their guys, but we really don't know too much about them this year; all we know is it will be a battle. I'm confident that if we play our games in singles and doubles and stick to what we know, we'll have a great match."
Greenberg's Ephs are on a roll having won 11 of their last 13 matches only losing to Bowdoin and Middlebury, both of whom are ranked ahead of the #4 ranked Ephs.
On Sunday in the Regional Final Williams fell behind Amherst 2-1 after doubles, but the Ephs came out strong in singles play and made a definitive statement by winning the first set on all six courts.
Williams won four singles matches in straight sets to dispose of Amherst and book their trip the 2018 NCAA Quarterfinals.
Three of the eight teams at this year's NCAA Quarterfinals are members of New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC): Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Williams.
The Ephs' last NCAA title came in 2013 when they topped Claremont Mudd Scripps 5-2.
Claremont Mudd Scripps is hosting the 2018 NCAA Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship matches and following the team championship singles and doubles play will occur on the following three days.
Eph senior captain Brian Grodecki has been selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament. First year Austin Barr is currently listed as the first alternate so if any of the 32 seeded singles players are unable to participate Barr would be the first alternate to be offered the chance to compete in singles on May 24.
2017-18 Records of Eph players traveling to Claremont:
Doubles Season: 13-9
Singles Season: 18-7
Doubles Season: 8-6
Singles Season: 19-6
Singles Season: 12-9
Doubles Season: 1-0
Doubles Season: 2-4
Singles Season: 16-5
Doubles Season: 4-2
Singles Season: 5-1
Doubles Season: 19-2
Singles Season: 12-3
Doubles Season: 17-8
Singles Season: 15-4
Doubles season: 15-1
Singles Season: 0-1
Doubles Season: 14-7
Singles Season: 7-2