Doubles Sweep Leads Bears Past No. 9 North Carolina Wesleyan, 8-1
Fredericksburg, Va., February 18, 2011 – A doubles sweep propelled the No. 6 Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team to an 8-1 victory over No. 9 ranked North Carolina Wesleyan University in the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championship held at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
Washington University, winners of three straight matches, takes on No. 5 ranked University of California-Santa Cruz in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET).
The Bears swept doubles play for the second consecutive match and dropped just three games in winning the top two spots. Seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods posted an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, followed by an 8-1 victory at No. 2 by junior Cameron Chiang and sophomore Kareem Farah. Sophomore Adam Putterman and freshman Max Franklin completed the sweep for the Bears with an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Putterman made quick work of Alexy Rumyantsev at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-0, as Washington University pushed the advantage to 4-0. Woods followed with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 victory over Antti Saari at No. 2 singles to clinch the match for the Bears. Stein (No. 1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3) and sophomore Gary Parizher (No. 4, 6-3, 7-6) and Farah (No. 6, 6-2, 1-6, 10-8) also had singles victories for the Bears.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. is 3-1 against ranked teams this season … Woods upped his career win total to 146 with two wins on Friday … Stein improved his overall record to 132-51, and is just two wins shy of sixth place all-time in school history.