Wash. U. drops defending champ
Bears to make fifth consecutive semifinal appearance
CARY, N.C. – No. 15 ranked Washington (Mo.) made sure there would be a new NCAA Division III national champion. Keyed by a doubles sweep, Washington (Mo.) upset No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Amherst College 5-3 on Monday afternoon in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
The Bears are making their fifth consecutive semifinal appearance. Kenyon defeated Washington U. 5-4 in the 2012 ITA Indoor Championship third-place match on Feb. 26. Amherst ends its season with a 31-3 record and saw its 16-match winning streak come to an end.
“We have worked on our doubles play since conference play and just went back to the basics,” said 11th-year head coach Roger Follmer. “I definitely think we have gotten hot at the right time. The kids believe in what we can do in doubles and its all coming together at the right time.
After Washington U. swept all three doubles matches, Amherst quickly got back into the match with straight-set victories at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 4 singles.
Freshman Ross Putterman battled out a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles to make it 4-3, and then junior All-American Adam Putterman ousted No. 31 ranked Mark Kahan 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 to seal the upset win.
“The team has grown in the last month. We took our lumps early in the year, and lost some close 5-4 matches,” Follmer added. “We play good competition throughout the year so we are ready for moments like today.”