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Southern Colleges Shine in NCAA and NAIA 2013 National Tennis Championships

June 10, 2013 02:33 PM
Armstrong Atlantic State University Women's team with championship trophy
Auburn Montgomery Women win third consecutive National Championship
Emory's Elliot Kahler & Ian Wagner win DIII doubles title
Division I
The Virginia duo consisting of southern native players Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.), won the 2013 NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Doubles Championship. The duo captured the title over Texas’s Chris Carmillone and David Holiner winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Jamere Jenkins fell short of the NCAA Tennis triple crown as he lost 7-6(8), 6-4 to Ohio State’s Blaz Rola in the NCAA Singles final.
Division II
Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, Ga.) won their second consecutive NCAA Div. II Women’s Championship with a 5-2 win over No.3 BYU Hawaii. Armstrong Atlantic defeated the No. 1, 3, and 4 seed to clinch the title. The Pirates have won five out of the last six titles, giving them a record of eight overall titles, which is the best among any women’s team.
In a five-hour match the Armstrong Atlantic men’s team fell short of their fourth title in six years by a close singles loss to Barry University. The last championships points came down to the match between Armstrong’s Scocgulia and Barry’s Vivas. After a close set that was tied up 4-4 at one point, Barry’s Vivas came out with the win.
Division III
After beating the No. 1 seed in the semifinals, Emory University’s (Atlanta, Ga.) men’s doubles team of senior Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagner captured Emory’s first ever Div. III Men’s Doubles title. The duo beat North Carolina Wesleyan’s team of Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Emory University’s women’s team finished second at the 2013 NCAA National Championships, falling 5-2 in the title match to Williams College. This is the third second-place finish in the program’s history as well as their fifth straight top-3 finish. Emory’s Gabrielle Clark showed a strong performance at the team and individual championship. Clark led the team to their second-place finish, and finished in the semifinals of both the singles and doubles draw during the NCAA Championship. Clark earned All-American honors in both singles and doubles for her third straight season.
Auburn Montgomery’s (Montgomery, Ala.) women team beat William Carey (Hattiesburg, Miss.) 5-1 to clinch their third National Championship for the third year in a row. They have won nine out of the last 10 titles. Jade Curtis, the Warhawks No.1 singles player, finished her season with an outstanding record of 21-0. Curtis received the Marvin R. Richmond Outstanding Player Award for the second time in her career, as well as first-team All-American honors. Auburn Montgomery’s coach Rolando Vargas was also named NAIA Coach of the Year.
Auburn Montgomery’s men unfortunately lost 5-4 in a very close final to Embry-Riddle. The team score was tied at 4-4 as the Warhawk's Tim Hewitt and Embry-Riddle’s Deni Zmak battled it out all the way to a third set. In the end, Embry-Riddle came out on top to clinch the championship. 



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