Men's Tennis Defeats Luther College 5-0 in 2011 NCAA Tournament Second Round
St. Charles, Mo., May 14, 2011 – The No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team picked up a 5-0 win over Luther College in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Steel Shop Tennis Club in St. Charles, Mo.
With the win Washington U. advances to the NCAA regional championship for the fifth-straight year and will face either No. 21 Whitman College or the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sunday, May 15, at 12 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals in Claremont, Calif.
Rainy conditions in St. Louis on Saturday forced the Washington University-Luther match to move from the Tao Tennis Center on the Washington U. campus to the alternate indoor site at Steel Shop.
The Bears quickly seized control of the match by winning all three doubles points. Seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods defeated Scott Sundstrom and Ramesh Karki 8-4 in the No. 1 doubles match. The victory was No. 150 for Stein in his career and the 90th-career doubles win for Woods.
At second doubles sophomore Kareem Farah and junior Cameron Chiang picked up an 8-5 win over Harrison Whiteley and Nick Mozena, and Washington University completed the sweep as sophomores Gary Parizher and Adam Putterman beat Tyler Zinnecker and Samriddh Burman, 8-4.
Sophomore Bryan Haywood delivered the fourth point of the match to Washington University with a come-from-behind win at No. 5 singles. With neither Haywood or his opponent Aaron Gendron competing in doubles, their match was played simultaneously with the doubles contests to take advantage of the additional open court at the indoor site.
Haywood fell behind by losing the first set 6-4, but came back to grab a 6-1 win in the second and a 6-3 victory in the third.
Once singles competition was fully underway Washington University was in control at all four matches when Putterman finished off Whiteley in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to deliver the win for the Bears.
When the match concluded, Woods led Sundstrom 6-1, 3-4, at No. 1 singles, Parizher had just won a difficult first set against Karki 7-6 (7-4), and Farah was on the verge of picking up his second win of the day, leading Mozena 6-0, 5-4.