St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 2, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team is ranked No. 4 in the 2016 Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Rankings, as announced Wednesday by the Association.
The Bears are also ranked No. 1 in the Central Region.
Defending national champion Bowdoin College opens the season as the top-ranked team in Division III. The Polar Bears posted a 20-3 record a year ago, and won the programs first national championship. Emory University, Middlebury College, WashU and University of Chicago round out the top five.
Head coach Roger Follmer, who is in his 16th year on the Danforth Campus, guided WashU to an 18-6 overall record in 2015-16. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 10th-straight year.
Senior captains Jeremy Bush and John Carswell highlight eight letterwinners and six starters back from a year ago. Junior Jason Haugen, junior Jake Klein, sophomore Konrad Kozlowski and junior Johnny Wu also return for the Bears in 2016-17.
In the national individual rankings, Emory University's Aman Manji holds the top spot. Manji won the Division III men's singles title at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup in October. Carswell is No. 34 in the singles rankings, while Wu is ranked No. 43.
In doubles, Jonathan Jemison and David Omsky of Emory owns the top position after winning the NCAA Division III doubles title at the ITA Oracle Cup. Haugen and Kozlowski are ranked No. 23 in doubles.
WashU opens the spring season on Saturday, Feb. 11, against NCAA Division II Drury University. The match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. at Kings Point Racquet Club. The Bears will have five matches this season against teams ranked in the top-40.