May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis Sports Information

Belleville, Ill., - The No. 7 Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team picked up a 5-0 win over Carthage College in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday, May 15, 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 Carthage on Saturday, the Bears have now advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship in each of the past four seasons, winning the Division III national title in 2008.

The Bears will face either second seed Kalamazoo College or third seeded Luther College in the third round on Sunday, May 16, in St. Louis, Mo., at 12 p.m. The winner of Sunday's match will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 25, at the Don Hunsinger Courts in Oberlin, Ohio.

Washington U. quickly took command of its match with Carthage, grabbing a 3-0 lead through doubles play. The WUSTL No. 1 tandem of juniors Isaac Stein and Max Woods, ranked No. 3 in Division III, earned an 8-0 win over Sammy Ramoni and Jeffery Lotz to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Shortly thereafter Washington U. senior John Watts and freshman Kareem Farah increased the Washington U. lead to 2-0, defeating Jack Schiro and Andy Schwenke, 8-1, in the No. 2 match. The Bears competed the doubles sweep as senior Danny Levy and sophomore Cameron Chiang beat J.T. Delk and Matt Whiteside, 8-4, in the No. 3 match. Woods earned a straight-set, 6-1, 6-0, victory over Whiteside in the No. 4 singles match to increase the Washington U. advantage to 4-0, and the match concluded as Levy wrapped up a 6-1, 6-0, win over Delk at fifth singles.

Bear Notebook: Saturday's match had to be moved from the Washington University Tao Tennis Center to Kings Point in Belleville, Ill., because of inclement weather ... The Bears picked up a 9-0 win over Carthage at home on April 3 ... Stein and Woods improved to 13-6 playing No. 1 doubles this season ... With two wins on Saturday, Woods improved to 44-13 overall in 2009-10.