Thursday, May 27, 2021

Fly Eagles Fly!


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Fly Eagles Fly!

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS - Emory Men's Tennis Tops Case Western In NCAA D-III Title Match NATIONAL CHAMPIONS - Emory Women's Tennis Blanks Wesleyan to Capture Title

Emory became the first school since 2013 to capture both the men's and women's team tennis championships in the same season. The Eagle men downed Case Western Reserve, 5-2, while the women bounced defending champion Wesleyan, 5-0.

The men took a 2-1 lead after doubles and after splitting points at #1 and #3 singles, Emory put the match away as Will Wanner won in straight sets at #4 and first-year Noah Shah ended it with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at #6. It is the sixth men's title for the Eagles and third in four seasons.

>> Men's Recap
>> Post-Match Interview 
>> Championship Point

The Emory women were dominant in taking their eighth NCAA title and first since 2016. Three doubles victories took just 50 minutes and #1 Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and #6 Jessica Fatemi won their singles matches in straight sets just moments apart to clinch the championship.

>> Women's Recap
>> Post-Match Interview
>> Championship Point

The individual championships begin on Friday. Ethan Hillis of Washington (Mo.) is the #1 seed in men's singles, while Case Western duo James Hopper and Matthew Chen are the top seed in men's doubles.  On the women's side, Gonzalez-Rico is the top seed in singles as well as doubles with teammate Katie Chang.

>> Championship Central



2. Let's Play Three

The opening day of the NCAA Division III baseball regionals is today and features three games apiece at eight different sites. We are keeping an eye on these games.

  • #9 Trinity, Texas (28-7) vs. Johns Hopkins (11-3), 12:00 ET
  • #2 Washington & Jefferson (38-1) vs. Birmingham-Southern (25-14), 2:30 ET
  • #18 Oswego (24-5) vs. Husson (22-7), 2:30 ET
  • #25 Chapman (13-4) vs. Texas-Dallas (29-10), 3:30 ET
  • #16 St. John Fisher (31-5) vs. #17 North Carolina Wesleyan (32-8), 6:00 ET


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3. Salem, We Are Here

The NCAA Division III softball championship is down to the elite eight and begins double-elimination play today.

  • #1 DePauw vs. #8 UW-Oshkosh, 11:00 ET
  • #4 Texas Lutheran vs. #5 Tufts, 1:30 ET
  • #2 Virginia Wesleyan vs. #7 St. Thomas, Minn., 4:00 ET
  • #3 Birmingham-Southern vs. #6 Rochester, 6:30 ET

>> Live Video
>> Championship Central


4.  Take Your Mark

It's the opening day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field championships in Greensboro, N.C. There are eight finals on tap for Thursday and we are watching these events.

Pole Vault (M): Can UW-Stout junior Noah Zastow break the DIII record of 5.45m? His best vault this season is 5.36m.

10,000 (W): The record of 33:50.32 is in jeopardy from Parley Hannan of Ithaca who recorded a 34:12.50 earlier this spring.

>> Championship Information
>> Schedule of Events
>> Heat Sheets


5. All-America

The 2021 Women's Golf Coaches Association Division III All-America team.

First Team

  • Jillian Drinkard, Methodist
  • Hannah Jugar, Redlands
  • Megan Kanaby, Washington and Lee
  • Hunter Kehoe, Saint Mary's, Ind.
  • Alexis Sudjianto, Carnegie Mellon
  • Rylee Suttor, Centre
  • Alison Takamiya, George Fox
  • Makensie Toole, George Fox

Player of the Year: Jillian Drinkard, Methodist
Freshman of the Year: Makensie Toole, George Fox
Coach of the Year: Tom Inczauskis, Methodist

>> All-America | All-Region Teams
>> Complete Awards Release


6.  Comings and Goings



7. The Great American Cleanup


As our masks come off, The Wall Street Journal is calling it "The Great American Cleanup" (subscription):

Deodorant, teeth whitener and condoms are in high demand. Sales of perfume, nail polish, swimsuits, sunscreen, tuxedos, luggage and alarm clocks are climbing fast ... Beauty products ... were big sellers during the most recent quarter at Walmart Inc., finance chief Brett Biggs said.

- courtesy of Axios

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