July 7, 2003

Softball takes 4th at
D-III World Series

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.

For the second consecutive year, Emory advanced to the NCAA Div. III softball World Series (held May 16–20 in Salem, Va.) where it finished fourth. Emory, ranked No. 1 in the nation for four weeks during the regular season, and compiled a 38-6 record, the best winning percentage in school history (.863). The Eagles placed fourth in the final national rankings by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The team featured two All-America players—senior CF Tamara Boggs (first team) and sophomore C/2B Mary Nicol. This was the first time in the Emory varsity program’s five-year history that it had placed more than one player on the All-America team or had a player named to the first or second team.

Emory finished fifth at the Div. III College World Series (held May 23–27 in Appleton, Wis.) and became the only unranked team (and the lowest seeded) to advance to the eight-team playoff after winning the NCAA regional title as the No. 4 seed. In doing so, the Eagles defeated No. 2 Wartburg (Iowa.), No. 12 Mississippi College (twice) and No. 17 Carthage (Wisc.). In its year-ending poll, the American Baseball Coaches Association voted Emory the nation’s fifth-best Div. III team, the Eagles’ highest ranking ever.

Emory finished 15th at the Div. III national championship, marking the sixth time in the last eight years the Eagles finished in the Top 20 at the NCAA championships, including four Top 10 finishes. Emory ended up eighth in this year’s final national rankings, compiled by the Golf Coaches Association of America, after posting a team stroke average of 302.9 per 18 holes, the best season average in school history.

Track & Field (outdoor)
The men’s outdoor track and field team finished 28th in the nation in the Div. III U.S. Track Coaches Association’s final power rankings; the Emory women were 47th in the nation. The ratings measure the quality and depth of a team’s roster. The Emory men were the second-highest rated team in the South region and the women were third. Emory sent seven individuals to the NCAA national championships, where they competed in four individual and two relay events.

Tennis (men)
Emory won its first Div. III men’s team tennis championship with a 4-0 victory over Williams College (Mass.), the two-time defending national champion. Sophomores Mark Odgers and Tyson Ramsay earned All-America honors in singles, and the team of Odgers and sophomore Alex Jacobs were named All-America in doubles. Head Coach John Browning became the fourth person in NCAA history to win the national championship, in any division, as both a player and a coach. This is the 12th consecutive year that Emory finished in the top eight at the NCAA championships. The Eagles were No. 1 in the final national rankings compiled by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Tennis (women)
Emory captured the unofficial “Triple Crown” by winning the NCAA Div. III national team, singles and doubles championships. Emory won the team championship, the second in school history, with a 5-1 victory over Washington & Lee University (Va.). Head Coach Amy Smith became the fifth person and the first female in history to win a NCAA team championship, in any division, as a both a player and coach. In an all-Emory singles final, junior Mary Ellen Gordon defeated freshman teammate Jolyn Taylor for the championship. It was the first time in Div. III women’s tennis history that two teammates played for the singles championship. Gordon and Taylor then teamed to win the NCAA national doubles championship. The pair is the fifth in NCAA history—and first for Div. III women—to compete for the NCAA singles championship and win the NCAA
doubles championship.

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