Adam Putterman to Play for NCAA Singles National Championship Saturday
Kalamazoo, Mich., May 24, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis senior Adam Putterman advanced to the 2013 NCAA Division III Singles National Championship match with a pair of wins Friday at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Putterman, who has played 12 matches in the past five days, takes on No. 18 ranked Mark Kahan of Amherst College in the championship match Saturday at 9 a.m. (ET). He defeated Kahan 6-4, 7-5 on May 21, 2012, in the NCAA Division III Team Quarterfinals in Cary, N.C. Putterman is just the second player in Washington U. school history to play for a singles championship, joining John Watts (2007, 2010).
“It’s exciting to play for a national championship, but I want to make sure I am physically ready to play tomorrow,” said Putterman, who improved his career record to 163-70 with the pair of wins. “I want to play my game tomorrow and be aggressive. It’s a weird feeling that my career is coming to an end tomorrow, but an honor to represent Washington University one last time.”
Putterman defeated Patrick Lipscomb of the University of Redlands 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, in the quarterfinals, before posting a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 2 ranked and sixth-seeded Robert Kjellberg of North Carolina Wesleyan University. He improved his 2012-13 singles record to 30-7, and is 96-31 in his four-year career in singles play.
Putterman and his doubles teammate sophomore Ross Putterman were ousted from the doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Michael Holt and Taylor Shamshiri of Washington and Lee University in quarterfinals. The Putterman’s ended its season with a 20-9 overall record.