St. Louis, Mo., May 14, 2014 – On the heels of recording the second most wins in school history, the No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team has been recognized regionally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), as announced by the Association.
Head coach Roger Follmer was named the Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (2006, 2009, 2014), while freshman John Carswell was named the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year. The national winners will be announced Wednesday, May 21, at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Championship Banquet in Claremont, Calif.
Follmer has led Washington U. to its second-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship and a 21-2 overall record in 2013-14. The Bears are riding a season-long 11-match winning streak. Follmer, who also earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second-straight year, has led the Bears to six-consecutive Final Four appearances. He has a 234-73 (.762) overall record in 13 seasons on the Danforth Campus, and guided Washington U. to the 2008 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Carswell, the 2014 UAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, has posted a 44-12 overall record in his rookie campaign. He has a 25-3 mark in singles, and has won his last 17 matches at No. 2 singles. Carswell will represent Washington U. in the 2014 NCAA Division III Singles Championship, held Saturday-Monday, May 19-21, at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif.
Washington U. takes on No. 8 Trinity University (Texas) in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals Monday, May 19, at Noon (PT).