Emory is preparing to defend last years NCAA regional championship,
the first in school history. A repeat title would earn the Eagles a spot
in the national championship Nov. 18. Emory finished second at the University
Athletic Association (UAA) championships, matching its highest showing
ever. Senior Adam Carlson became the second Eagle ever to win the conference
individual championship and make the all-conference team all four years.
The Eagles lost three of their top six runners from last season but still
managed to finish third at this years UAA championships behind two
Top 25 teams. Junior Sarah Byrd, who did not even make the travel squad
as a freshman, finished fourth overall to earn all-UAA first team honors.
Emory is seeking a 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA championships, Nov.
A long season came to an end for Emory, which hovered at the .500 mark
all year. Losing four games (all by one goal), the Eagles placed third
in the conference, one of the few times in UAA history they have not been
first or second. The fine line between wins and losses was evidenced in
the conference statistics; Emory scored as many goals as the opposition
(6-6) and had almost the exact number of shots at goal (75-74).
For the second time in school history, Emory advanced to the regional
finals of the NCAA championships, but the Eagles were eliminated on penalty
kicks by No. 2 Trinity University (Texas). Emory finished with a 15-2-4
record, tying the school mark for wins in a season. The Eagles, making
their sixth appearance in the NCAAs in eight years, played their way into
the 45-team field by winning the UAA title and receiving an automatic
berth. The squad extended its conference-record unbeaten streak to 23
Emory, ranked fourth in the nation, earned its sixth NCAA championships
berth in seven years. The Eagles ended the regular season at 31-3, two
wins shy of the single-season school record.
Freshman Mary Ellen Gordon finished second in the singles championship
at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Super Bowl of small
Gordon advanced to the championship by winning the ITA singles title
in an NCAA draw of the eight regional champions. Representing the South
region, Gordon won the singles title Oct. 1 and became the first Emory
freshman to win the ITA regional singles championship.
Senior Brett Kaplan advanced to the finals of the singles draw and the
semifinals of the doubles competition at the ITA national tournament.
In the singles tournament, Kaplan knocked off the runnerup from last years
NCAA championship before falling to last years champion in the final.
Kaplan and Michael Miller received the top seed in the doubles bracket
and finished fourth.
Emory finished fifth out of 12 teams at the annual Gordin Collegiate Classic.
Brandon Davis led Emory with a 222, good for 11th place. Behind him at
14th was Allan Phillips with a 225. Freshman Steve Cunning shot a 72 on
the second day.
Emory varsity sports season recaps are available on the Web at www.emory.edu/SPORTS.