Claremont, Calif., May 19, 2014 – The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 5-1 loss to No. 8-ranked Trinity University (Texas) Monday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship in Claremont, Calif. The loss for the Bears snapped their season-long 11-match winning streak.
Washington U. concludes the season with 21-3 record, the second-most wins in school history. The Bears also won their second-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship and made their eighth-straight NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.
"Trinity played well today in doubles," said Washington U. head coach Roger Follmer. "It hurts now because these kids care so much, but I could not be more proud of what they accomplished this year."
Washington U. fell behind 2-1 in doubles for the first time since March 15 and for just the third match this season. Junior Ross Putterman and freshman Jeremy Bush had the lone win for the Bears with an 8-6 victory at No. 1. Sophomore Josh Cogan and freshman John Carswell lost a hard-fought 8-6 decision at No. 2 doubles after trailing 5-1.
With the match tied at 1-1, it came down to the No. 3 doubles team of senior Jeffrey Hirsh and junior Kevin Chu. The duo jumped out quickly, building a 3-0 advantage, but the Tigers won seven-straight games to make it 7-3. Hirsh and Chu cut the lead to 7-6, and then fought off three match points to knot the score at 7-7. Trinity broke Hirsh and then held on for the 9-7 victory.
Trinity (25-6) took control of singles winning the first set in five of six matches. The Tigers built a 4-1 lead with wins by Aaron Skinner over senior Tim Noack (6-3, 6-2) at No. 4 and Greg Haugen's win over Carswell at No. 2 6-1, 6-4. Trinity completed the upset as Columbia, Mo.,-native Charlie Curtis earned a 6-1, 6-4 win over Chu at No. 6 singles.
Carswell and Putterman will represent Washington U. in the 32-man singles draw, while Putterman and Bush were one of 16 doubles teams selected. First-round action begins Thursday at 8:45 a.m. (PT).
|1. Ross Putterman (WASHUM) vs. #5 Paxton Deuel (TRI-M) 6-7, 2-2, unfinished|
|2. #34 Greg Haugen (TRI-M) def. #42 John Carswell (WASHUM) 6-1, 6-4|
|3. #26 Jeremy Bush (WASHUM) vs. Nicolas Moreno (TRI-M) 6-7, 2-1, unfinished|
|4. Aaron Skinner (TRI-M) def. Tim Noack (WASHUM) 6-3, 6-2|
|5. Tyler Kratky (WASHUM) vs. Jordan Mayer (TRI-M) 7-6, 5-2, unfinished|
|6. #22 Charlie Curtis (TRI-M) def. Kevin Chu (WASHUM) 6-1, 6-4|
|1. #3 Ross Putterman/Jeremy Bush (WASHUM) def. Paxton Deuel/Nicolas Moreno (TRI-M) 8-6|
|2. Jordan Mayer/Greg Haugen (TRI-M) def. John Carswell/Josh Cogan (WASHUM) 8-6|
|3. Charlie Curtis/Clayton Niess (TRI-M) def. Kevin Chu/Jeffrey Hirsh (WASHUM) 9-7|
• Washington. U. finished the season 14-2 against nationally ranked teams this season.
• Freshman John Carswell had his 17-match winning streak snapped with the loss at No. 2 singles.
• Freshman Jeremy Bush and junior Adam Putterman improved to 23-9 with the win at No. 1 doubles.
• Putterman's doubles win was the 68th of his career, moving into sole possession of 10th place in school history.
• The Bears' senior class posted a 79-24 (.767) record in four seasons on the Danforth Campus.