Stein and Woods Lead Bears into UAA Championship Match
Beverly, Mass., April 16, 2011 – The No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team defeated No. 15 ranked University of Chicago, 5-3, in the semifinals of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Saturday afternoon at the Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly, Mass.
Washington U., who advanced to the championship match for the 13th time in the last 14 years, takes on No. 2 ranked Emory University in the UAA championship match on Sunday at 10 a.m. (ET). Chicago (15-4) takes on No. 7 ranked Carnegie Mellon University in the third-place match. Emory is the defending UAA Champion and has won 21 of 23 conference titles.
With the match tied at 3-3, the Bears picked up a pair of three-set victories to clinch the match. Sophomore Gary Parizher won a three-set match against Alex Golovin at No. 4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, while senior Isaac Stein followed with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Will Zhang at No. 1. Senior Max Woods picked up the other singles victory for the Bears, defeating Zsolt Szabo, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2.
Stein and Woods made sure the Bears would not get swept in doubles this time against Chicago, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for an 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Chicago knotted the match with a win at No. 2, and then Parizher and sophomore Adam Putterman picked up a hard-fought 9-8 win at No. 3 doubles to give the Bears a 2-1 lead entering singles play.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. was making its 16th-straight appearance in the UAA Championship semifinals … Woods’ singles victory was the 75th of his career, while Stein picked up his 64th, tying Chris Hoeland (2005-09) for sixth in school history.