Washington U. Men’s Tennis Lands Seven on All-UAA Team
St. Louis, Mo., May 1, 2014 — Washington University in St. Louis had seven student-athletes named to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Tennis Team, as announced by the conference office.
Freshman John Carswell highlighted the honorees by earning UAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is the seventh player in school history to earn conference MVP honors, and just the second freshman (Neil Kenner – 2003). In addition, head coach Roger Follmer and assistant coaches Mark Tabscott and Mike Merbaum were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the second-straight season.
"I am very happy for John. His match versus Case Western Reserve in singles was the pivotal match that helped us win and reach the UAA Championship match," said Follmer.
Carswell was named first team at No. 2 singles and second team at No. 2 doubles with sophomore Josh Cogan. He posted a 5-1 record at the UAA Championship, including a 3-0 mark in singles. He defeated No. 48 Will Drougas of Case Western Reserve University (6-0, 7-6) in the semifinals and No. 41 Will Duncan of Carnegie Mellon University (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) in the championship match. Carswell has a 41-12 overall record, and is riding a 16-match singles win streak.
Junior Kevin Chu posted a combined 5-1 record at the UAA Championship, earning first-team honors at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles with senior Jeffrey Hirsh. Chu won all three of his singles matches in straight sets, and posted a 2-1 mark in doubles with Hirsh.
Freshman Jeremy Bush and junior Ross Putterman also recorded 5-1 records at the UAA Championship, earning first-team all-UAA honors at No. 1 doubles. The duo was 3-0 in doubles and 2-1 singles. Putterman, a four-time all-UAA selection, had a 7-6, 6-1 victory over No. 20 Christian Heaney-Secord of Carnegie Mellon at No. 1 singles in the championship match.
Sophomore Tyler Kratky earned first-team honors at No. 5 singles after posting a 3-0 record. Kratky had straight-set victories in the quarterfinals against No. 30 Brandeis and in the semifinals against No. 10 Case Western Reserve. He recorded a 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 win in the championship match vs. No. 9 Carnegie Mellon.
Washington U. won its second-straight and third overall UAA Championship with a 7-2 win over No. 9 Carnegie Mellon April 26 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The Bears have won nine-straight matches and have a 19-2 overall record. Washington U. gained the league's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship, its 15th-straight NCAA appearance.