Santa Cruz Defeats Amherst to Win NCAA Team Championship

Santa Cruz Defeats Amherst to Win NCAA Team Championship

UC Santa Cruz won its seventh NCAA Division III team championship on Thursday, with a convincing 5-0 victory against 6th ranked Amherst. Once again, the Slugs established control of the dual by sweeping the doubles, meaning that for the team tournament Santa Cruz did not lose a doubles pro-set in any match.

With Santa Cruz up 3-0 after doubles, they took command of the singles at nearly every position, with seniors Colin Mark-Griffin and Max Liberty-Point clinching the victory at #5 and #1 singles respectively.

The 3rd place match between featured a match-up of the top two teams in the country by ranking: #1 Wash U in St. Louis and #2 Emory. It was the third time this season the two teams faced each other ranked #1 and #2. Emory won the first match in February at the ITA National Team Indoors, while Wash U took the re-match at the UAA conference tournament. In Thursday’s match, Wash U got out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. However, for the second time in two days, #2 Emory got a strong push in singles, taking four of five to earn a 5-3 win and third place in the NCAA team championships.

Match Results

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