Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Net Glory


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Net Glory


The NCAA Division III women's tennis championship is on the line this morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Emory d. Tufts, 5-2

  • Stephanie Taylor's three-set win at #3 singles turned the tide for the Eagles (8-3) [Link]
Wesleyan d. Kenyon, 5-1
  • Serim Jim did not drop a game at #4 singles to power the defending champion Cardinals (10-0). [Link]

Probable Starters

1) Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico/Katie Cheng (E) vs. Katie Fleischman/Venia Yeung (W)
2) Taylor/Christina Watson (E) vs. Caitlin Goldberg/Kristina Yu (W)
3) Ana Cristina Perez/Lauren Yoon (E) vs. Alexis Almy/Megan Tran (W)

1) Gonzalez (E) vs. Yeung (W)
2) Watson (E) vs. Fleischman (W)
3) Taylor (E) vs. Almy (W)
4) Perez (E) vs. Jin (W)
5) Defne Olcay (E) vs. Yu (W)
6) Jessica Fatemi (E) vs. Goldberg (W)

Notable: Wesleyan is the defending champion, while Emory won the most recent of its seven titles in 2016. Three of the Eagle championships came at the expense of a NESCAC opponent.

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>> Tournament Central


2.  All UAA Final


It's an all UAA final as Emory takes on Case Western Reserve for the NCAA Division III men's tennis championship at 3 p.m.

Emory d. Johns Hopkins, 5-1

  • Hayden Cassone and Alec Rabinowitz pulled out a 7-4 tiebreaker at #1 to power an Eagle (9-3) doubles sweep. [Link]
Case Western d. Washington (Mo.), 5-4
  • Jonathan Powell earned the deciding point at #5 singles, winning 6-4 in the third set for the Spartans (14-2). [Link]

Probable Starters

1) Cassone/Rabinowitz (E) vs. Matthew Chen/James Hopper (C)
2) Andrew Esses/Will Wanner (E) vs. Neil Mabee/Powell (C)
3) Sahil Raina/Nolan Shah (E) vs. Chaitanya Aduru/Anthony Kanam (C)

1) Cassone (E) vs. Hopper (C)
2) Antonio Mora (E) vs. Vishwa Aduru (C)
3) Esses (E) vs. Matthew Chen (C)
4) Wanner (E) vs. Aduru (C)
5) Mark Sverdlov (E) vs. Powell (C)
6) Shah (E) vs. Kanam (C)

Notable: Emory is the defending champion and has won five titles, including two of the last three. It is the first team final for any sport at CWRU. The Eagles won the 2017 championship in Chattanooga by a 5-2 count over Claremont-M-S.

>> Live Video
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>> Tournament Central


3.  Regional Athletes of the Year

Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the eight regions – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast and West – honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.

Men's Track / Field Athletes of the Year

Atlantic: Jah'mere Beasley, Rowan / Kyle Rollins, St. John Fisher
Central: Matthew Wilkinson, Carleton / Steve Peper, St. Olaf
Great Lakes: Alex Phillip, John Carroll / Josh Miller, Capital
Mideast: Jared Pangallozzi, Johns Hopkins / Justin Kiefel, Carnegie Mellon
Midwest: Derrick Jackson, Knox / Marcus Weaver, UW-Eau Claire
New England: Travis Martin, Trinity (Conn.) / Ben Drummey, Southern Maine
South/Southeast: JP Vaught, Centre / Luke Ballard, Birmingham-Southern
West: Frankie Reid, Lewis & Clark / Nicholas McGill, Wentworth

Women's Track / Field Athletes of the Year

Atlantic: Emily Pomainville, Geneseo / Emily Lavarnway, Geneseo
Central: Aubrie Fisher, Wartburg / Terrianna Black, Loras
Great Lakes: Anastasia Tucker, Hope / Courtney Phoennik, John Carroll
Mideast: Esther Seeland, Messiah / Annie Gutierrez, Johns Hopkins
Midwest: Favor Ezewuzie, Wheaton (Ill.) / Megan Wallace, UW-Eau Claire
New England: Danielle Page, Tufts / Lia Rotti, Tufts
South/Southeast: Adalia Coleman, Bridgewater / Jordyn White, Trinity (Texas)
West: Bailey Forsyth, Pacific Lutheran / Meg Angier, Linfield

>> Complete List of Honorees

4.  Pat Damore 1930-2021

Dr. Patrick Damore, a longtime Fredonia State athletics coach, administrator and former conference commissioner, passed away Sunday, May 23, at the age of 90.

Dr. Damore was a member of the college's coaching staff, teaching faculty, and athletic administration for 29 years. He served as commissioner of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) for 33 years.

A 1952 graduate of Brockport State, Dr. Damore's long and distinguished career in athletics began at Hammond Central High School where he served as a coach and athletic director. He moved to the collegiate ranks in 1956 when he hired as an assistant professor and coach at Fredonia State. He coached Blue Devil men's soccer, men's basketball, and men's tennis and served as athletic director from 1968 until 1985 before becoming the first commissioner of the SUNYAC, part-time beginning in 1979 and full-time starting in 1985. When he retired on June 30, 2012, he was the longest-serving NCAA conference commissioner in the nation.

Dr. Damore also served as president of the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America, president of the College Division Commissioner's Association, and founded the National Intercollegiate Soccer Rating System in 1968. He received the NCAA Division III Commissioner's Association Meritorious Service Award in 2003, the ECAC James Lynah Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2003, the SUNYAC Distinguished Service Award in 1983 (which has been renamed The Patrick R. Damore Distinguished Service Award), and The Bill Jeffrey Award in 1979 for contributions to national collegiate soccer.

>> Quotable I: "No one cared and believed in the SUNYAC as much as Pat Damore.  If it was his license plate that read SUNYAC 1 or the conference meetings, Pat made all us feel like we were part of something special in the SUNYAC. Everyone had a voice in his meetings and he treated every person like family." - Erick Hart, Brockport

>> Quotable II: "Pat Damore was a pioneer and a leader among not just the SUNYAC athletic administrators, but among the Division III Commissioners. He was a genuine human being and just a really nice person, and every time we met he would say that the conference was in great hands and I was doing a great job – that meant more to me than he would every know." - Tom DiCamillo, SUNYAC commissioner

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5.  Around the Diamond

Thirty-Win Season Achieved, Baseball Sets Sights on MIAA Championship Weekend

This Week's NCBWA/ Poll

  1. Washington, Mo. (18), 28-3
  2. Washington & Jefferson (4), 36-1
  3. Webster (1), 35-6
  4. Marietta (1), 35-4
  5. UW-Whitewater, 37-5
  6. Salisbury, 25-4
  7. Rowan (1), 25-4
  8. Aurora, 37-6
  9. Trinity, Texas, 28-7
  10. Adrian, 32-7

>> Rising: Cortland (+7), St. John Fisher (+7)
>> Falling: Babson (-6), Coe (-6)
>> Welcome: St. Thomas (Minn.), Chapman
>> Ta-Ta: William Paterson, Augustana

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