Stein/Woods Rolls into NCAA Quarterfinals With Straight-Set Win
Pomona, Calif., May 27, 2011 – Seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods of the Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship with a straight-set victory on Friday afternoon in Pomona, Calif.
“We talked today about getting our first serves in and taking over the net. They played together, and that was one of our betters matches of the year,” said head coach Roger Follmer. “We have been getting our breaks, but have to follow with a hold of serve. They did not over play today, and picked their spots.”
Stein and Woods ousted Riley Baver and Kaz Murata of the University of Mary Washington, 6-0, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals for the second-consecutive season. The victory improved their overall record to 20-10 this season. Stein and Woods, the fourth seed, takes on Amherst’s Austin Chafetz and Luis Rattenhuber on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (PT) in the quarterfinals.
“We served and returned well and stayed focused the entire match,” said Woods. “It’s a good start to the tournament and hope to keep it going against a good Amherst team.”
Woods also competed in the 32-man singles draw on Friday, dropping his opening round match to Matt Bettles of Bates College, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. He finishes the season with a 19-12 singles record, and is fifth all-time in school history with 78 career singles victories.
Bear Notebook: Stein was also selected to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship, but had to pull out of the draw due to a back injury.