WU wins last two singles to advance
Bears move on to face Emory in UAA Championship match
BEVERLY, Mass. -- No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis men’s defeated 15th-ranked Chicago, 5-3, in the semifinals of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Washington U., who advanced to the championship match for the 13th time in the last 14 years, takes on defending UAA champion and No. 2 Emory in the UAA championship match on Sunday at 10a.m. (ET). Emory has won 21 of 23 conference titles.
Washington's Max Woods beat Zsolt Szabo 6-3, 6-4, and Chicago's Troy Brinker defeated Adam Putterman, 7-6, 6-2. The Maroons would tie the match at 3-3 when Jan Stefanski won a three-set match at the No. 5 slot against Kareem Farah.
With the match tied at 3-3, the Bears picked up a pair of three-set victories to clinch the match. Gary Parizher won a three-set match against Alex Golovin at No. 4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, while senior Isaac Stein followed with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win against Will Zhang at No. 1. Max Woods picked up the other singles victory for the Bears, defeating Zsolt Szabo, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2.
Stein and Woods made sure the Bears would not get swept in doubles this time against Chicago, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for an 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Chicago knotted the match with a win at No. 2 when Brinker and Neil Karandikar defeated Cameron Chiang and Farah, 8-4. Then, Parizher and Putterman picked up a hard-fought 9-8 win versus Szabo and Krishna Ravella at No. 3 doubles to give the Bears a 2-1 lead entering singles play.
The Maroon's Harrison Abrams and Washington's Bryan Haywood did not finish their match.
Chicago (15-4) will take on No. 7 Carnegie Mellon in the third-place match.