Men's tennis on to NCAA tournament third round with 5-0 win over Grove City

Adam Tzeng serves for the Judges with Jeffrey Chen kneeling in the foreground
Adam Tzeng serves for the Judges with Jeffrey Chen kneeling in the foreground (photo by Christo Schultz)

ROME, Ga. – In their first NCAA tournament appearance in more than 30 years, the Brandeis University men's tennis team rolled to a 5-0 win over Grove City College today in the second round at the Rome Tennis Center in Georgia. With the win, the Judges, who received a first-round bye, improve to 7-1 on the season. They await the winner of the match between Skidmore College and Southern Virginia University, which will be played tomorrow at 10 a.m. Grove City ends its season at 9-3.

The Judges started strong, sweeping the doubles action. Sophomore Simon Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo. / Marquette) and senior Rajan Vohra (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) opened the scoring without dropping a game at #3, 8-0. At #1, NCAA doubles tournament qualifiers Jeffrey Chen (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) and Adam Tzeng (Eagle, Idaho/Eagle) proved their mettle with an 8-3 victory. Senior Anupreeth Coramutla (Monroe Township, N.J./Phillips Andover) and junior Colt Tegtmeier (Madison, Wisc./James Madison Memorial) completed the sweep of the Wolverines with an 8-4 win.

In singles action, the Judges got off to a quick start, winning five of six first sets and dropping just one or two games in four of those. Tzeng completed a 2-0 afternoon with a 6-1, 6-0, victory over GCC's Karsten Lagerquist at #2. The clinching point came at #4, where rookie Dylan Walters (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) finished off the Wolverine's Michael Odrey, 6-2, 6-1, just before Kauppila was able to win his match at #3, which stood at 6-1, 5-2.

This win marked the first ever team victory for Brandeis in the NCAA tournament. The Judges dropped a 5-4 decision to Pomona-Pitzer in 1989, when they were the first-ever team from New England selected to the NCAA Division III tournament.