Men’s Tennis Sweeps NAIA No. 18 McKendree and Principia at Home
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St. Louis, Mo. April 9, 2011 – The No. 5 ranked Washington University men’s tennis team picked up two home wins on Saturday as the Bears defeated NAIA No. 18 ranked McKendree University and Principia College.
Washington University rallied from a 3-0 deficit to snap McKendree’s 14-match winning streak with a 5-4 win in the first match, and then posted a 9-0 victory over Principia in the nightcap.
Playing without two-time All-American senior Isaac Stein, the Bears fell behind 3-0 after doubles play against McKendree. Head coach Roger Follmer moved each of his doubles teams up a spot up in the lineup to make up for Stein’s loss, but Washington U. fell behind after doubles play for the sixth-straight match.
Washington University picked up three straight-set singles victories at the bottom of the lineup to trim the match to 4-3. Sophomore Kareem Farah (No. 4, 6-3, 6-2), sophomore Bryan Haywood (No. 5, 6-3, 6-3) and freshman Tim Noack (No. 6, 7-5, 6-3) each won straight-set singles matches for the Bears.
A 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory by sophomore Adam Putterman at No. 2 singles tied the match at 4-4, and then sophomore Gary Parizher lifted the Bears to victory with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 come from behind win at No. 3.
Stein contributed to the 9-0 victory over regional opponent Principia, picking up a win in singles and doubles. He teamed with senior Max Woods for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, and then posted a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles.
Also posting doubles victories for Washington U. was freshman Naveen Chadalavada and Max Franklin at No. 2 (8-1) and senior David Zhu and sophomore Seth Sankary at No. 3 (8-1).
The Bears won all six singles matches in straight sets against Principia to post their first 9-0 victory of the season. In addition to Stein, Woods (No. 2, 6-1, 6-1), Chadalavada (No. 3, 6-2, 6-1), Franklin (No. 4, 6-0, 6-3), Zhu (No. 5, 6-0, 6-2) and Sankary (No. 6, 6-0, 6-2) each won singles matches against Principia.
Washington University (11-4) plays its final match before the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship as the Bears host NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday, April 13, at 4 p.m.
Bear Notebook: The Bears are 9-4 this season against nationally ranked teams … Washington U. is 87-8 (.916) at home under Follmer … Stein picked up his 140th overall victory on Saturday, becoming just the sixth player in school history to achieve the feat.