No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis Men’s Tennis Rallies For 5-4 Victory Over No. 6 California-Santa Cruz

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis rallied from a 3-1 deficit to post a 5-4 victory against No. 6 UC-Santa Cruz on Friday afternoon.

Sophomore Gary Parizher clinched the match for Washington University, holding on for a 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 victory against Andrea Halabi at No. 4 singles. Parizher, who won the match on his fifth match point, also clinched the team victory for the Bears in a 5-4 win against UC-Santa Cruz on Feb. 19 in the semifinals of the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championship in Fredericksburg, Va.

Washington University has won three consecutive matches against ranked opponents by the same score of 5-4.

Washington U. swept doubles play against UC-Santa Cruz in the first meeting, but managed only one victory on Friday. Seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods defeated Division III’s No. 3 ranked doubles team of Brian Pybas and Parker Larson 8-4 at No. 1 doubles for the lone win. UCSC's point victory marked just the second time this season that Washington University trailed heading into singles play.

After freshman Tim Noack lost at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-4 to give UC-Santa Cruz a 3-1 lead, Washington U. answered back with two wins to knot the match. Sophomore Gary Putterman had a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 3, while Stein ousted Pybas 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in a battle of top 15-ranked Division III players at No. 1 singles.

Woods dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 decision at No. 2 as the Banana Slugs once again took the lead, but sophomore Kareem Farah followed with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles to make the score 4-4.

After securing the match, Washington University improved to 6-2 against ranked teams this season. The victory for Woods was the 150th of his career, as he became just the fifth player in school history to achieve the feat.