Men's Tennis Takes the Court on Monday in NCAA Quarterfinals
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St. Louis, Mo., May 20, 2012 – The No. 15 ranked Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team takes the court against No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Amherst College in the national quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m. (ET) on Monday, May 21, at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
Washington U. (17-6) defeated No. 26 Gustavus College 5-0 on May 13 in Whitewater, Wis., to capture the Central Region Championship for the sixth-straight year. The Bears are making their ninth overall NCAA quarterfinal appearance.
Amherst (31-2) enters quarterfinal play riding a 16-match winning streak, and has not relinquished the top ranking in Division III since defeating Emory in the 2011 national championship match. Monday’s showdown will be a rematch of the 2009 NCAA semifinals, when Amherst earned a 5-2 win over Washington U.
Four quarterfinal matches will take place on Monday, followed by the national semifinals on Tuesday and the title match on Wednesday.
Following the team championships, junior Adam Putterman and freshman Ross Putterman will remain in Cary to compete in the singles and doubles championships from Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26. Adam Putterman will represent Washington U. in the 32-player singles tournament, while the Putterman’s will compete in the 16-team doubles bracket.
• Washington U. is 9-6 against nationally ranked teams this season.
• The Bears are 11-1 in their last 12 matches.
• The NCAA Tournament victory against Gustavus Adolphus College was Washington U.’s 25th all-time.
• The Bears are the 2008 NCAA Division III National Champions.