Putterman of Washington (Mo.) to play for 2013 NCAA DIII singles title
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Washington (Mo.) senior Adam Putterman advanced to the 2013 NCAA Division III Singles National Championship match with a pair of wins on Friday at Stowe Stadium.
Putterman, who has played 12 matches in the past five days, takes on No. 18 Mark Kahan of Amherst in the championship match Saturday. He defeated Kahan 6-4, 7-5 on May 21, 2012, in the NCAA DIII team quarterfinals in Cary, N.C. Putterman is just the second player in Washington U. school history to play for a singles championship, joining John Watts (2007, 2010).
“It’s exciting to play for a national championship, but I want to make sure I am physically ready to play [on Saturday],” said Putterman, who improved his career record to 163-70 with the pair of wins. “I want to play my game and be aggressive. It’s a weird feeling that my career is coming to an end [on Saturday], but an honor to represent Washington University one last time.”
Putterman defeated Patrick Lipscomb of Redlands 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, before posting a 6-3, 7-5 win against sixth-seeded Robert Kjellberg of North Carolina Wesleyan. He improved his 2012-13 singles record to 30-7 and is 96-31 in his four-year career in singles play.
Putterman and his doubles teammate sophomore Ross Putterman were ousted from the doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Michael Holt and Taylor Shamshiri of Washington & Lee in the quarterfinals. The Puttermans ended their season with a 20-9 overall record.