ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – For the second day in a row, a Brandeis University tennis team earned a point against a top-ranked doubles squad at the University Athletic Association championships, but the fifth-seeded and 28th-ranked men's team fell to fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Emory in the quarterfinals, 5-1.
- Brandeis: 11-7, #28 in Division III by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
- Emory: 15-4, #7 in Division III by the ITA.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- All three doubles matches were competitive. Brandeis secured the first point of the day with their big upset, as junior Dylan Walters (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman School) and first-year Tommy Harrison (London, England / National Extension College), ranked 13th in the Northeast region by the ITA, defeated the Eagles' Charlie James and Ryan Glanville, who were top-ranked in the Atlantic South region, 8-5. The Brandeis women's #1 doubles team also upset a top-ranked Emory pair in the quarterfinals.
- The Eagles took the next two matches, winning 8-4 at #2 and 8-6 at #3, using a late break of serve to deny Brandeis the lead.
- In singles action, Emory won straight-set matches at #2, #3 and #5 to clinch the win.
- Brandeis won a set at #6, where senior Hunter Levine (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) won the first, 6-4, before dropping the second, 2-6, as the match ended.
- First-year Alex Merson (Palisades Park, N.J. / Tenafly) dropped a 6-4 first set to James at #4, but was on the verge of winning the second, 6-5, when the fifth point was scored.
- The Judges will take on eighth-seeded Rochester in the consolation semifinals tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.