From Emory University Athletics
The No. 2-ranked Emory men's tennis team has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Championships for the second straight year following a Monday afternoon triumph over Williams College in the quarterfinals. The NCAA Championships are being held at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Eagles won their 12th straight match following a 5-3 victory over the No. 10 Ephs, who closed out their season at 15-8.
Emory had to rally in securing the opportunity to advance after trailing by a 2-1 count following doubles play. Junior David Omsky and sophomore Jonathan Jemison registered the first point of the match at No. 3 with an 8-2 verdict over Sachin Raghavan and Ananth Raghavan, their 22nd victory in 28 outings on the year (14-5 during the spring). After the Ephs knotted the match at second doubles, they snapped the tie when Alex Taylor and Brian Grodecki emerged with a 9-8 decision at No. 1 over the Eagles' Scott Rubinstein and James Spaulding, prevailing, 7-5, in the breaker.
Emory quickly bounced back to claim a 3-2 advantage following singles wins by Jemison and senior Aman Manji. Jemison rolled to a 6-2, 6-0, triumph over Grodecki at No. 2 while Manji bettered Rohan Shastri, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1. Jemison has won his last seven outings and stands 24-5 this season (19-4 in the spring). Manji saw his record to improve to 27-5, 18-4 in dual play. After a Williams win at No. 6, knotted the match score at 3-3, sophomore Adrien Bouchet put Emory to within one point of clinching after coming out on top at No. 3 in three-set battle, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1, against Sachin Raghavan. Junior Alec Josepher closed out the match in Emory's favor with a 6-4, 6-4, outcome against Deepak Indrakanti, his 20th in 27 outings this year.
Emory, the owners of a 20-4 overall record, will square off against No. 7-ranked Bowdoin (21-4) in Tuesday's semifinals, with that affair slated for a 2:00 pm start.