Oxford Emory cruises to victory in DIII championship


DALLAS, Texas – For the second straight season, Oxford Emory (Ga.) claimed the NJCAA Division III men’s tennis championship. With 41 total points en route to their victory Thursday, the Eagles have earned five titles in the last 10 years with previous celebrations coming in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2015.

Oxford Emory entered the final day of matches with representation in eight of the nine scheduled events as its only absence was in No. 2 singles. The Eagles were awarded vital points early in the day as Greg Del Favero of Mercer County (N.J.) was forced to retire, allowing freshman Chase Mahlrig to pick up the win in No. 4 singles.

Sophomores Vignesh Sundaram, Shams Sohani and freshman Andrew Chow added to the Oxford Emory cause as each secured singles victories.

The Eagles’ team of Sohani and Malhrig picked up a 6-2, 7-6 (5) result in No. 2 doubles. Sundaram and freshman Adib Zaibi rallied back in No. 3 doubles, 7-5, 6-1 after dropping the opening game, 3-6.

In the team standings, Mercer County finished second overall with 29 points, while another pair of New Jersey schools in Brookdale and Rowan Gloucester tied for third with 25 points.

Despite their second-place finish, Vikings freshman Andreas Jacome aided the effort as he added wins in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles alongside sophomore Brandon Davis. The other notable win of the day came from sophomore Lysander Paysano Almonte from Rockland (N.J.) as he took home the No. 2 singles crown with a 6-2, 6-4 result.

Photos courtesy of Nick Young, Collin College.

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