May 16, 2010

* Courtesy of Washington University-St. Louis Athletics

Belleville, Ill., May 16, 2010 - The No. 7 Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team picked up a 5-2 win over No. 20 Kalamazoo College in the third round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday, May 16, at the Kings Point Sports Club in Belleville, Ill.

Washington University is making its ninth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Roger Follmer. With the victory over Kalamazoo on Sunday, the Bears have now advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for four years in a row, winning the 2008 national championship.

Washington U. will face fellow University Athletic Association (UAA) member Carnegie Mellon University in the NCAA quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 25, at the Don Hunsinger Courts in Oberlin, Ohio.

Eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history, defeating the University of Texas-Tyler, 5-1, in a regional final on Saturday, May 15. Despite being in the same conference, Washington U. and Carnegie have not faced one another yet this season. The UAA will be well represented at the NCAA championship site, as conference champion Emory University also advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday, defeating No. 25 Washington & Lee, 5-0, in Lexington, Va.

Washington University trailed Kalamazoo, 2-1, through doubles action, winning just the No. 1 doubles contest. The third-ranked duo of juniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods, picked up an 8-4 win over Cyrus Jadun and Patrick Boyd, while Kalamazoo grabbed the other two doubles matches, 8-5.

The Bears came back by winning all four of the completed singles matches in straight sets. Stein made it a 2-for-2 day, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1, win over Nate Eddy in the No. 2 match. Senior Danny Levy put the Red and Green ahead by one, defeating Mark Denenfeld, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 5 match.

Just moments later the Washington U. lead was pushed to 4-2, as Woods wrapped up a 6-3, 6-1, decision against Patrick Boyd at No. 4 singles, making it two wins on the day.

Down the stretch it was a race to the finish to see if freshman Kareem Farah or senior John Watts could secure the win for the Bears. Watts led Jadun, 6-3, 5-0, at first singles, but before he earned a win, Farah defeated Alex Dombos, 6-3, 6-3, at sixth singles, clinching the match for Washington U.

Washington U. improves to 19-4 with the win, while Kalamazoo drops to 20-6.