Wash. U. rallies for third place
Woods becomes fourth Bear with at least 170 career wins
CLAREMONT, Calif. – No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis picked up its 20th win of the season with a 5-0 victory against No. 8 Williams in the third-place match of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship on Thursday afternoon.
Washington University concluded the season with a 20-6 overall record, while Williams ended the season with a 17-9 mark. Washington U. has now won 20 or more matches in five consecutie seasons under 10th-year coach Roger Follmer.
“We learned from yesterday’s experience against Emory in doubles,” said Follmer, who picked up career win No. 175 on Thursday. “It was great to send the seniors out with a win today, and to end the season with a victory.”
Washington U. set the tone from the beginning of the match, winning all three doubles points to jump out to a commanding 3-0 lead. Junior Cameron Chiang and sophomore Kareem Farah rolled past Richard Meyer and Felix Sun 8-3 at second doubles to get the Bears off to a good start. The victory for Chiang was the 60th of his career.
Seniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods trailed Matt Michelli and Bryan Chow 7-6 at No. 1 doubles, but reeled off three conescutive games for the 9-7 victory. The win for Woods was the 170th of his career, becoming the fourth player in school history to reach the mark.
“Max and I have not played our best doubles this week, and it was same story early in match. We realized this was our final match, and wanted to end on a good note,” Stein said. “Today we wanted to go out and play strong doubles as a team, and that is what we did.
Sophomores Gary Parizher and Adam Putterman also had to come from behind at No. 3 doubles, posting a 9-8 win against Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie.
Leading 3-0, Washington U. quickly put Williams away with a pair of 6-3, 6-2 victories. Sophomore Bryan Haywood ousted Dylan Page at No. 6 singles, and then Farah upset No. 50 Bryan Chow at No. 5 singles to clinch the match. Farah completed NCAA Tournament play with a perfect 5-0 record, and finished the season with a 20-5 overall mark.
“Kareem had a tremendous season and a great NCAA Tournament,” Follmer said. “The entire sophomore class learned a lot at the ITA Indoor Championship, and really improved throughout the year.”