As we close out another collegiate dual-match season, we’ll look back at the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Team, Singles, and Doubles National Championships to recap the champions as well as the history made in Orlando, Florida over the month of May.
Chicago Wins First-Ever NCAA Division III Men’s Team National Champions
After narrowly missing out on taking home the 2022 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Cleveland, Ohio earlier in the Spring, the University of Chicago Men’s Tennis Team landed on the winning side in the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Team National Championship for the first time in program history.
Finishing with an impressive 22-1 record on the season, the Maroons put together their most impressive season in program history this year in which they took home the UAA Conference Championship, NCAA National Championship, while ending the season on a 15 match win streak.
Playing some of their best tennis as the season came to a close, the Maroons dropped only eight points in their five NCAA Matches en route to the Championship.
In addition to this marking the first National Championship for the UChicago Men’s Tennis program, this National Title also marks the first for the entire UChicago Athletics Department as a whole.
Middlebury’s Stan Morris Wins 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Singles National Championship
In his senior campaign, Middlebury’s Stan Morris finally reached the pinicle of Division III Singles play as he takes home the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Singles National Championship.
The 2022 Division III ITA Cup Singles Champion put together one of the most impressive individual seasons by a player in recent history as he carried momentum from the Fall season straight into the Spring where he would continue to impress.
In the championship match, Morris faced his fair share of adversity trading points throughout the first two sets,dropping the first set 5-7 before bouncing back with a 7-5 win of his own.
With the momentum now in his favor, Morris took charge in the third set to cruise to a 6-2 victory in the third set to take the title. With the victory Morris ends his steller career at Middlebury with a 55-23 overall record.
Morris becomes the second Middlebury player in program history to take home the singles national championship.
Case Western Reserve Duo of Powell and Hopper Win 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Doubles National Championship
Coming in as the No. 2 ranked duo in the Tournament, Case Western Reserve’s James Hopper and Johnathan Powell did what they did so well throughout the regular season and cruised to the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Doubles National Championship.
To start the day, Hopper and Powell set the tone early in their Semifinals match taking down the duo of Hutchison and Watson in just over an hour to advance to the National Championship match against Emory’s Esses and Shah.
With momentum on their side and backed by veteran leadership, Hopper and Powell once again jumped out to an early lead and never looked back taking the National Title after winning 6-4, 6-1 in the match.
For Powell, he leaves the Spartans as one of the most decorated players in program history. His 106 doubles wins puts him second all-time in program history in career wins.
The duo becomes the first pair since 2014 to win the NCAA Division III Men’s Doubles Championship in CWRU Men’s Tennis history.