Men’s Tennis Adds Illinois State Doubles Champion Ross Putterman to 2011-12 Roster
St. Louis, Mo., June 6, 2011 – Washington University in St. Louis head men’s tennis coach Roger Follmer has announced that Ross Putterman will join the Bears’ program as a freshman for the 2011-12 season.
"We are excited about Ross coming into our tennis program next season,” said Follmer, who is 175-56 (.758) in 10 seasons on the Danforth Campus. “I know he is excited about the opportunity and education that awaits him."
Putterman concluded a sensational three-year career at Stevenson High School by winning the Illinois State Doubles Championship with David Packowitz. The duo finished their senior year with a perfect 35-0 record and did not drop a set, avenging back-to-back second-place doubles finishes in 2008 and 2009.
He finished his three-year high school career with a 100-5 overall record, and played in three doubles state championship matches. Putterman is a three-time first-team all-conference, all-sectional and all-state honoree, and received the Stevenson varsity tennis Big Gun Award for performance and leadership.
Off the court, Putterman graduated with highest honors and was an Academic All-Conference honoree. He also received the Scholastic Achievement Award and was an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Putterman will enroll in the Olin Business School in the fall.
The Washington University men’s tennis team posted a 20-6 overall record in 2010-11 and advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the fourth-straight season. The Bears also placed second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 2-1 mark.