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Southern Schools Reach Top of Collegiate Tennis

May 27, 2014 05:55 PM
Hunter Reese reacts to winning the NCAA championship.
UGA's Lauren Herring competed in the NCAA doubles final.

Compiled from ITA, NCAA and college websites

Reese wins DI doubles crown; Herring reaches final
Hunter Reese, of Kennesaw, Ga., teamed with Mikelis Libietis, won the DI men's doubles championship for the University of Tennessee. They defeated the Ohio State team of Peter Kobet and Kevin Metka.

Upon reaching the round of 16, Reese said, "It’s something special for us. We have not had a lot of success at the NCAAs. Last year we lost in the second round, freshman year we lost in the first round. This is a special tournament. We definitely want to make a run. We’ve had a good season so far so we just need to keep going.”

Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C., and her Georgia teammate, Maho Kowase, advanced to the DI doubles final. The Alabama team of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe won 6-1, 6-0.

Emory women win another title
The No. 1-ranked Emory women's tennis team captured the program's sixth national title, defeating No. 2 Amherst in the finals of the NCAA Division III Championships in Claremont, Calif. The Eagles captured their 16th consecutive match and upped their record to 28-2 following a 5-1 decision over the Jeffs who closed out their season at 22-4.

The title is the first for the Eagles since 2006 and joins the 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2005 squads as other Emory teams to win national crowns. Emory's 28 victories represented a school season record and it fashioned a perfect 20-0 won-lost slate against Division III foes during the year.

One college, two NAIA championships
The Georgia Gwinnett men's and women's tennis teams captured the first two national championship titles in Georgia Gwinnett College history on Saturday, each winning 2014 NAIA Tennis National Championships over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

First, the Georgia Gwinnett women outlasted the Eagles, 5-4, before the GGC men capped an unbeaten season with a 5-1 victory over the defending champion Eagles.

For his success, GGC head coach Chase Hodges was named both the Men's and Women's 2014 NAIA Coach of the Year.

The championships come in GGC's very first season of postseason eligibility.

Armstrong Atlantic edged by Barry
The Armstrong Atlantic State University women reached the Divsion II final, losing to Barry at Altamonte Springs, Fla. 5-4. Barry was the top seed. After sweeping doubles play, the Barry Bucs (28-1) were pushed to the edge before Kimmy Twelker pulled out a third-set tiebreak at No. 6 singles to clinch the title. Armstrong Atlantic, located in Savannah, Ga., is a long-time powerhouse and has won eight national championships.




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