St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 18, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team opens the season ranked No. 9 in the Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Rankings, as announced Friday by the Association.
Defending national champion Middlebury College is the top-ranked team in Division III, followed by Bowdoin College (No. 2), University of Chicago (No. 3), Emory University (No. 4) and Williams College (No. 5). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (No. 6), Amherst College (No. 7), Gustavus Adolphus College (No. 8), WashU (No. 9) and Carnegie Mellon University (No. 10) round out the top-10.
University Athletic Association (UAA) members Case Western Reserve University (No. 18) and Brandeis University (No. 21) are also ranked as five UAA teams are ranked in the top-25.
Head coach Roger Follmer is in his 18th season on the Danforth Campus and has a career record of 309-100 (.755). Follmer guided the Bears to a 17-9 overall record a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 12th-straight season.
WashU returns 10 letterwinners from 2017-18, and added three freshmen and a transfer to the roster. The Bears return six starters to the lineup, including All-America selections in senior Konrad Kozlowski and junior Bernardo Neves.
Kozlowski, an All-America honoree in doubles with Jason Haugen, finished the 2017-18 season with a 19-6 doubles record. The duo also earned first-team University Athletic Association (UAA) accolades.
Neves, an All-American in singles, was 29-5 in singles and was named the 2018 ITA National Player to Watch. He recorded a 51-16 overall record, and was a first-team all-UAA selection at No. 2 singles.
Junior J.J. Kroot earned second-team all-UAA honors at No. 6 singles a year ago. Kroot had a 15-15 record playing singles, including an 8-2 mark at No. 6 singles.
WashU also returns senior Radha Vishnubhotla and sophomores Daniel Li and Benjamin van der Sman to the lineup. Sophomore Ethan Hillis, a transfer from Amherst, won the ITA Central Region Singles Championship in the Fall and placed fifth at the ITA Cup.
WashU opens the spring season on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a pair of matches at NCAA Division I Butler and NCAA Division II Indianapolis. The Bears are scheduled to have 10 matches against teams ranked in the top-40.