Washington University Men’s Tennis Ranked No. 4 in ITA Top-30 Poll
NATIONAL | CENTRAL REGION
St. Louis, Mo., November 6, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team is ranked No. 4 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Top-30 poll, as announced by the ITA.
University Athletic Association (UAA) member Emory University opens the season as the top-ranked team in Division III. The Eagles posted a 25-0 record a year ago and won their third national championship in school history. Kenyon College, Williams College, Washington University and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges round out the top five.
Head coach Roger Follmer guided the 2011-12 team and an 18-8 overall record and a trip to the Final Four for the fifth-straight season. The Bears, who are ranked No. 2 in the Central Region, have made 13-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Washington University returns 14 letterwinners and its entire starting lineup from a year ago.
Senior Adam Putterman opens the spring season ranked No. 3 nationally in singles after placing fifth at the 2012 USTA/ITA Division III Championships in Mobile, Ala. Aaron Skinner of Trinity University (Texas) enters the season as the No. 1 ranked singles player in Division III. Putterman is 11-1 this season in singles and 77-25 for his four-year career, the sixth-most singles wins in school history.
Putterman is also ranked No. 1 in singles in the Central Region, while junior Tim Noack (No. 9), senior Gary Parizher (No. 18) and senior Kareem Farah (No. 24) are also ranked regionally. In doubles, the team of Adam Putterman and sophomore Ross Putterman are ranked No. 9 in the Central Region, while Parizher and senior Jeffrey Hirsch are No. 14.
Washington University opens the season with a pair of matches against Division II opponents Drury University on Feb. 9 and Southwest Baptist University on Feb. 16. The Bears will have 10 matches this season against teams ranked in the top-30.