Chattanooga, Tenn., May 22, 2017 – The No. 4-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team could not overcome a doubles deficit in a 5-3 loss to No. 7-ranked and defending national champion Bowdoin College Monday in the 2017 NCAA Division III Quarterfinals at Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
WashU, who made its 11-straight quarterfinal appearance, finished its season with an 18-5 record. Bowdoin won its sixth-straight match to improve to 21-4.
"We battled all day and I was happy with the effort from our guys," said 16th-year head coach Roger Follmer. "We just lost to a better team today."
WashU's senior class of Jeremy Bush and John Carswell concluded their career with a 79-20 (.798) overall record and helped lead the Bears to four NCAA Quarterfinal appearances, including a trip to the final four in 2015. The Bears also won the 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) championship.
"It was awesome to see them stick it out all four years," Follmer added. "And they did a great job as captains this year."
Following the team championship junior Johnny Wu will compete in the singles championship, while junior Jason Haugen and sophomore Konrad Kozlowski will complete in the doubles championship. The individual championships are slated for Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27.
1. Luke Tercek/Grant Urken (BOWDOIN) def. #23 Jason Haugen/Konrad Kozlowski (WASHU) 8-2
2. Jeremy Bush/J.J. Kroot (WASHU) def. #5 Kyle Wolfe/Yangeng Jiang (BOWDOIN) 8-5
3. Gil Roddy/Justin Patel (BOWDOIN) def. Bernardo Neves/Radha Vishnubhotla (WASHU) 8-5
1. Luke Tercek (BOWDOIN) def. #43 Johnny Wu (WASHU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #11 Grant Urken (BOWDOIN) def. #34 John Carswell (WASHU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jason Haugen (WASHU) vs. Kyle Wolfe (BOWDOIN) 7-6, 1-3, unfinished
4. Bernardo Neves (WASHU) def. Yangeng Jiang (BOWDOIN) 7-6 (7-2), 6-0
5. Gil Roddy (BOWDOIN) def. Jeremy Bush (WASHU) 6-4, 6-1
6. J.J. Kroot (WASHU) def. Justin Patel (BOWDOIN) 6-2, 6-2
• Kroot has won 12-straight singles matches and was 14-4 this season.
• Bush and Kroot's win at No. 2 doubles was their third win over a ranked opponent.
• WashU has an overall record of 42-23 (.646) in 19 trips to the NCAA Tournament.
• WashU was 14-4 against ranked opponents this season.
• The match was delayed two hours due to rain.
• Bush concludes his career with a 130-68 mark, tied for the 10th most wins in school history.
• Carswell had a 97-69 career mark at WashU.
• Neves finished the season tops on the team in wins with a 43-16 mark.