Claremont, Calif., May 24, 2018 — The Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team recorded a pair of All-America finishes on the opening day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Individual Championships held Thursday at Biszantz Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif.
Sophomore Bernardo Neves picked up All-America honors in singles after splitting a pair of matches. Neves trailed 4-1 in his opening round match against Steven Chen of Wesleyan (Conn.), before reeling off nine-straight games. He took the first set 6-4 and posted a 6-2 win in the second set.
Neves' run came to an end in the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to No. 5 seed and ITA National Rookie of the Year Jed Kronenberg of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Neves finished his sophomore campaign with a 51-16 record, including a 29-6 mark in singles.
In doubles, senior Jason Haugen and junior Konrad Kozlowski recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Alex Centurion and Davis Plummer of Millsaps College in the opening round. With the win, the duo is assured an All-America finish.
Haugen and Kozlowski take the court Friday at 3:30 p.m. (PT) in the quarterfinals against Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan from the University of Chicago.The duo from Chicago posted a 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 win over Haugen and Kozlowski in the only meeting Oct. 1 in the ITA Central Regional Championship match.
Senior Johnny Wu also participated in the 32-man singles draw and suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to No. 6-seed Brian Grodecki of Williams College in the first round. Wu, a two-time NCAA qualifier, ends his four-year career with a 99-53 overall record.