May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Washington University Athletics

St. Louis, Mo. - The No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA Division III national champion Washington University men's tennis team began its national title defense with a 5-0 victory over Carthage College in the Central Region Semifinals on Saturday, May 9, at the Tao Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo.

With the win Washington U. improves its school-record winning streak to 17-straight matches, and the Bears have won six-straight NCAA Tournament contests.

Winning at No. 1 doubles, senior Charlie Cutler came one step closer to the Washington University all-time overall wins record. Cutler teamed with Chris Hoeland to pick up an 8-5 win over Sammy Ramoni and Jack Schiro at No. 1 doubles on Saturday morning, improving his career doubles record to 96-29. With an 84-33 career mark in singles, Cutler has now tied Ari Rosenthal (2002-06) for first-place in school history with 180 career wins.

Washington U. swept the three doubles points against Carthage. The No. 8 team in the country of sophomores Max Woods and Isaac Stein picked up an 8-1 win over Matt Whiteside and Andy Schwenke in the No. 2 match, while senior Nirmal Choradia and junior John Watts were 8-1 winners in the No. 3 tilt, defeating Alex McLean and Joey Perkins.

Junior Danny Levy and Hoeland quickly grabbed victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively, clinching the win for Washington University. Levy topped McLean, 6-1, 6-0, and Hoeland defeated Perkins by the same score to send the Red and Green into the regional final.

The Bears also held leads at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 singles before the match was stopped. Woods led Whiteside, 6-2, 0-1, in the No. 3 match, Stein held a 6-1, 1-0, advantage over Schwenke in No. 4 singles, and Watts was up 5-1 over Schiro in No. 1 singles. Washington U. (20-2) will face either No. 12 DePauw University or Grinnell College in the NCAA Division III Central Regional Final on Sunday, May 10, at the Tao Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo., at 12 p.m.