Adam Putterman to Play for Division III National Title on Saturday
Mobile, Ala., October 14, 2011 – Washington University in St. Louis junior Adam Putterman advanced to the championship match of the 2011 USTA/ITA Division III Men’s Tennis Singles Championship with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Alex Lane of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Friday morning at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.
“I came out slow at the beginning, and it took it a while to figure out his game. The third set was a battle, and I came out on top,” said Putterman. “The beginning of the year I just wanted to do well at regionals. I came into the tournament with realistic expectations and have played relaxed.
Putterman takes on top-seeded Dillon Pottish of Emory University in the national championship match on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. on Court 42. Putterman, who defeated No. 3 seed Joey Fritz in straight sets in the opening round, is 11-0 this season in singles and 45-18 for his three-year career. He becomes the second student-athlete in school history to play for the ITA National Championship joining John Watts, who won the title in 2007 and 2009.
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges. The winner of Saturday’s match advances to the “Super Bowl”, which consists of the singles champions from NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JUCO.
The "Super Bowl" champion earn a wild card into the 2011 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center November 3-6.