May 10, 2009

Courtesy of Washington-St. Louis Athletics

St. Louis, Mo., May 10, 2009 - The No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA Division III national champion Washington University men's tennis team will make its third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals following a 5-0 win over No. 12 DePauw University in the NCAA Central Region Championship on Sunday, May 10, at the Tao Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo.

With the win Washington U. improves its school-record winning streak to 18-straight matches and the Red and Green have won their last seven NCAA Tournament matches dating back to last year. Washington University also picked up its 21st win of the season, tying the school record set in 2008, when the team posted a 21-4 overall mark en route to its first ever NCAA Championship. Head coach Roger Follmer improves his overall record to 134-42 (.761) in eight seasons on the Danforth Campus and he will be guiding the Bears to their fifth-appearance in the NCAA national quarterfinal round over that span.

Sunday marked a historic day for Washington University senior Charlie Cutler, who passed Ari Rosenthal (2002-06) for the WU all-time wins record. Teaming with Chris Hoeland to grab an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, Cutler picked up 181st win of his career. In his four years at Washington U. he has established an 84-33 mark in singles action and a 97-29 record in doubles, for an overall win-loss record of 181-62 (.744).

Washington U. swept doubles play against DePauw, as sophomores Max Woods and Isaac Stein defeated Hunter Schouweiler and Michael Rardon, 8-3, in No. 2 match, and senior Nirmal Choradia and junior John Watts erased a 6-3 deficit in the No. 3 match to come-from-behind and grab an 8-6 victory.

Junior Danny Levy was the first to deliver a singles win for Washington U., as he defeated Rardon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, in the No. 5 match. Watts clinched the sweep for the Bears, defeating Scott Swanson at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. It is the second win this year for WU over DePauw, as the Bears picked up an 8-1 win on April 4, in Greencastle, Ind.

Washington U. (21-2) will face either No. 9 Gustavus Adolphus College or Luther College in the NCAA quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 19, in Claremont, Calif.