Eagles tennis and swimming teams are gearing up to top the dramatic successes of last season.
Eagles Sports 2006: Tennis teams ace nationals, fall season starts strong
The Eagles tennis and swimming teams wrapped up one of their most victorious seasons yet this spring, and success is bolstering veteran and new athletes alike as they gear up for this year’s intense competition across all sixteen varsity sports.
“Traditionally, we set very high goals for the Eagles’ performance, and this coming year is no different,” says Athletic Director Betsy G. Stephenson. “Last year, for example, Emory student-athletes won three individual and four team NCAA championships, garnered a fourth-place national finish in the Director’s Cup, and were selected to receive four NCAA postgraduate scholarships. We believe a combination of very talented freshmen, upperclass leadership, and great coaching will help our teams meet their collective goal of national prominence again this year.”
The Emory men’s tennis team savored its most dominant season in school history, posting a 21-3 record and capping the year with the NCAA Division III National Championship. Along the way, the Eagles placed four student-athletes on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Team and celebrated their seventeenth consecutive (and eighteenth overall) University Athletic Association (UAA) title.
The Emory women’s tennis team celebrated its fourth consecutive NCAA Division III national title and placed a record six student-athletes on the ITA All-America Team. The Eagles clawed to a 19-6 record and celebrated their stranglehold on the UAA, winning the conference title for the nineteenth consecutive year.
And for the first time in Oxford College athletics history, an Eagles team brought home a national championship trophy. The men’s tennis team, which finished third and second at the previous two NJCAA III national tournaments, earned their first team win by overcoming strong opponents to dominate in the first two rounds of the tournament. The men’s national title came a week after the Oxford women’s tennis team finished their first-ever appearance at the NJCAA Women’s National Tennis Tournament with a third-place finish.
The Emory women’s swimming and diving team won the NCAA Division III national championship for the second year in a row, while the men’s team took third place in the competition.
This fall, Eagles soccer, volleyball, and cross-country teams are off to a strong start, according to Sports Information Director John Farina. And the Oxford College women’s soccer team enjoyed an unprecedented second place in its NJCAA Division III in September, while Oxford tennis players beat three seeded players and two seeded doubles teams in the hotly competitive Southeast Regional ITA Tournament.
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