Belleville, Ill., May 11, 2019 – The No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals for the 13th-straight season with a 5-0 win over No. 27 Kalamazoo College Saturday at Kings Point Sports Club in Belleville, Ill.
After sweeping doubles play for the 12th time this season, junior Bernardo Neves picked up a dominating straight-set win at No. 2 singles to make it 4-0. Senior Konrad Kozlowski followed with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles to clinch the match.
Neves and Kozlowski also teamed up with an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. They dropped the first two games before reeling off eight straight.
WashU improved to 19-7 with the win, while Kalamazoo had its seven-match win streak snapped and ended its season with a 14-7 mark.
"We played good doubles today. Got off to a fast start at No. 1 and No. 2, and then picked up a tight win at No. 3," said WashU head coach Roger Follmer. "We hoped to get in the NCAA Tournament, and we are making the most of the opportunity."
1. Konrad Kozlowski/Bernardo Neves (WASHUM) def. Daniel Henry/Ian Yi (KZOO-M) 8-2
2. Ethan Hillis/Benjamin van der Sman (WASHUM) def. Zack Ray/Allen Vinson (KZOO-M) 8-3
3. Radha Vishnubhotla/Daniel Li (WASHUM) def. Alex Cardigan/Tytus Metzler (KZOO-M) 8-7 (7-4)
1. #6 Ethan Hillis (WASHUM) vs. Ian Yi (KZOO-M) 7-5, 3-5, unfinished
2. #32 Bernardo Neves (WASHUM) def. Daniel Henry (KZOO-M) 6-0, 6-2
3. Daniel Li (WASHUM) vs. Tytus Metzler (KZOO-M) 3-6, 6-2, unfinished
4. Benjamin van der Sman (WASHUM) vs. Allen Vinson (KZOO-M) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
5. Konrad Kozlowski (WASHUM) def. Alex Cadigan (KZOO-M) 6-4, 6-1
6. Koki Takabatake (WASHUM) vs. Zack Ray (KZOO-M) 1-0, unfinished
• WashU is 9-6 against nationally-ranked teams this season
• Follmer has guided WashU to 19 or more wins nine times in his career
• Vishnubhotla and Li won the final six points to win the tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles
WashU takes on No. 3-ranked Emory on Monday, May 20, in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, Mich. Emory defeated WashU 5-3 on April 27 in the UAA Semifinals.