May 10, 2014

Bears Advance to Central Regional Championship with Sweep of Coe

St. Louis, Mo., May 10, 2014 – The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team rolled into the Central Region championship a 5-0 sweep of Coe College in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship Saturday morning at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis.

The Bears were up a break on all three courts early in doubles play and took a 3-0 lead, sweeping doubles for the ninth time this season. Washington U. started strong in singles as well and was up a set on five of six courts. Junior Kevin Chu made it 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles, and sophomore Tyler Kratky clinched the match for the Bears with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles.

Washington U. (20-2) takes on No. 13-ranked Whitman College in the Central Regional championship Sunday at Noon at the Tao Tennis Center. Whitman defeated Sewanee: University of the South 5-0 on Saturday.

Singles competition
1. Ross Putterman (WASHUM) vs. #21 Noah Sprinkel (COEM) 5-7, 0-1, unfinished
2. #42 John Carswell (WASHUM) vs. Riley Galbraith (COEM) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
3. #26 Jeremy Bush (WASHUM) vs. Ryan Hickman (COEM) 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
4. Tim Noack (WASHUM) vs. Sean Stokstad (COEM) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
5. Tyler Kratky (WASHUM) def. Alex Bernt (COEM) 6-1, 6-1
6. Kevin Chu (WASHUM) def. Michael Janssen (COEM) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Ross Putterman/Jeremy Bush (WASHUM) def. #25 Noah Sprinkel/Riley Galbraith (COEM) 8-1
2. John Carswell/Josh Cogan (WASHUM) def. Ryan Hickman/Michael Janssen (COEM) 8-1
3. Jeffrey Hirsh/Kevin Chu (WASHUM) def. Sean Stokstad/Zack Decker (COEM) 8-5


Notes:
• Washington U. is riding a season-long 10-match winning streak.
• Washington U. has an overall record of 33-19 (.635) in 16 trips to the NCAA Division III Championship.
• The Bears have won 20 or more matches in seven of the last eight seasons.
• Junior Ross Putterman's win in doubles is the 67th doubles victory of his career, 10th most in school history.