Washington U. advances to ITA semis
Bears set tone with second consecutive sweep of doubles point
FREDRICKSBURG, Va. – A doubles sweep propelled No. 6 Washington University in St. Louis to an 8-1 victory against ninth-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championship held at the University of Mary Washington.
Washington University, winners of three consecutive matches, now takes on fifth-ranked California-Santa Cruz in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
The Bears swept doubles play for the second consecutive match and dropped just three games in winning the top two spots. Seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods posted an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, followed by an 8-1 victory at No. 2 by junior Cameron Chiang and sophomore Kareem Farah. Sophomore Adam Putterman and freshman Max Franklin completed the sweep for the Bears with an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Putterman made quick work of Alexy Rumyantsev at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0 as Washington University pushed the advantage to 4-0. Woods followed with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Antti Saari at No. 2 singles to clinch the match for the Bears. Stein won at No. 1 by a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 count while sophomore Gary Parizher took the No. 4 slot 6-3, 7-6. Farah, playing at No. 6 singles, earned a 6-2, 1-6, 10-8 victory for the Bears.
With the victory, Washington U. is now 3-1 against ranked teams this season. Woods upped his career win total to 146 with two wins on Friday while Stein improved his overall record to 132-51, and is just two wins shy of sixth place all time in school history.