Tennis fares well at conference finals
Washington University men’s tennis, ranked second in the nation, cruised to the UAA title match only to fall to seventh-ranked Emory University 2-6 in the championship match. The team ends the season at 16-4 while Emory is now 15-6. Emory recorded its 29th consecutive title, last falling to Brandeis University in 1989.
“I thought we fought hard all weekend long. There was maybe a bit of a let-down in doubles today versus Emory. We were broken in all first service games, and we never fully recovered from that at number two and three doubles,” Head Coach Roger Follmer said.
The Bears began the tournament Friday against the eight seed University of Rochester and did not lose a set. Doubles play concluded with 8-0 shutouts at second and third doubles by junior Trevis Bowman and sophomore John Watts at second doubles and the freshman tandem of Isaac Stein and Max Woods at third doubles.
Junior Charlie Cutler and Chris Hoeland won at first doubles 8-5. The pair is ranked third in Division III.
Watts, sophomore Danny Levy, Woods, Hoeland, Stein, and sophomore Corey Yealy all cruised to straight set singles wins to end the match.
The Saturday semifinal match put Wash. U. against No. 21 University of Chicago, a match that the Bears won 5-0. Cutler/Hoeland, Watts/Bowman and Stein/Woods won 8-4, 8-2 and 8-0, respectively, to give Wash. U. an early lead. Wins by Cutler and Woods at second and fourth singles clinched the match and ended play for the day.
In the other semifinal, Emory dispatched No. 16 Carnegie Mellon University 5-0.
In the championship match, Levy and Hoeland earned the only victories for the Red and Green, winning at third and fifth singles 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-2, respectively.
Watts, ranked the best player in Division III, forced a third set after winning a second set tiebreaker but lost the final set by one service break.
Cutler and Woods also forced third sets, with Woods losing the third 5-7 and Culter losing 2-6.
In doubles, Cutler and Hoeland lost 9-7 in the only close doubles match.
“[Emory] will be a contender again no doubt for a national title next month, being a runner-up or champion each of the past five years. We too can play at such a standard to be in the hunt with further work and support,” Follmer said.
The NCAA Division III men’s tennis championship is set to begin on May 2 with early round play. Wash. U. will learn its location and first round opponent Monday night.
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