November 1, 2013

Men’s Tennis Ranked No. 4 in ITA Top-30 Poll

CENTRAL REGION | NATIONAL

St. Louis, Mo., November 1, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team is ranked No. 4 in the 2013-14 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Top-30 poll, as announced Friday by the Association.

Defending national champion Williams College opens the season as the top-ranked team in Division III. The Ephs posted a 23-3 overall record a year ago and claimed the program's first national championship since 2002. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Amherst College, Washington University and Kenyon College round out the top five.

Head coach Roger Follmer guided Washington U. to a 20-7 overall record in 2012-13 and a trip to the Final Four for the sixth-straight season. The Bears, who are ranked No. 1 in the Central Region, have made 14-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Washington University returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from a year ago.

The doubles team of junior Ross Putterman and freshman Jeremy Bush opens the spring season ranked No. 3 nationally after placing third at the 2013 USTA/ITA Division III Doubles Championship. Putterman and Bush posted an 8-2 record in the fall. Palmer Campbell and Branter Jones of Middlebury College enter the spring as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in Division III.

Bush and Putterman are also ranked No. 1 in the Central Region in doubles, while freshman John Carswell and sophomore Josh Cogan are ranked No. 7.

Bush (No. 26) and Carswell (No. 42) are ranked in the top-50 nationally in singles. Bush advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional, while Carswell fell in the quarterfinals.

In the Central Region singles rankings, Washington U. has five ranked in the top-25: Bush (No. 7), Carswell (No. 10), sophomore Tyler Kratky (No. 15), Putterman (No. 17) and Cogan (No. 23).

Washington U. opens the spring season with a pair of matches against top-25 opponents in Wisconsin. The Bears take on No. 18 Gustavus Adolphus College Saturday, Feb. 8, and No. 24 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Sunday, Feb. 9. The Bears will have six matches this season against teams ranked in the top-30.