Gambier, Ohio, May 12, 2018 – The No. 10-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals for the 12th-straight season with a 5-1 win at No. 13 Kenyon College Saturday in Gambier, Ohio.
Senior Jason Haugen clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles. Haugen also paired with junior Konrad Kozlowski for an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles to increase his career win total to 114, 17thmost in school history.
"We went into today's doubles match with a plan and we executed it," said Haugen. "We knew Kenyon was going to fight in singles after going down 2-1. For me it was getting off to a good start to bring some momentum to our team in singles."
WashU improved to 17-8 with the win, Kenyon had its five-match win streak snapped and ended the season at 20-5.
"We came out firing right away in doubles. We battled all day and I am proud of the team to get the lead," said WashU head coach Roger Follmer. "Jason served well in doubles and clinched the win to get us back to California."
"This is what we play for, Haugen added. "I did not how this season would turn out, so to get another opportunity to play at nationals is sweet."
1. #12 Jason Haugen/Konrad Kozlowski (WASHUM) def. Weston Noall/Alex Rieger (KENM) 8-3
2. Austin Diehl/Jacob Zalenski (KENM) def. Bernardo Neves/Radha Vishnubhotla (WASHUM) 8-5
3. J.J. Kroot/Johnny Wu (WASHUM) def. Michael Liu/Nicholas Paolucci (KENM) 8-1
1. Jacob Zalenski (KENM) vs. Johnny Wu (WASHUM) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
2. Austin Diehl (KENM) vs. Bernardo Neves (WASHUM) 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
3. Benjamin vander Sman (WASHUM) def. Nicholas Paolucci (KENM) 6-0, 6-3
4. Michael Liu (KENM) vs. Daniel Li (WASHUM) 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Jason Haugen (WASHUM) def. Bryan Yoshino (KENM) 6-0, 6-4
6. J.J. Kroot (WASHUM) def. Weston Noall (KENM) 6-4, 6-0
• WashU has an overall record of 44-23 (.646) in 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament
• Wu is one victory shy of 100 for his career
• WashU is 10-8 against nationally-ranked teams this season
• The doubles win for Kozlowski was the 60thof his career
• Kroot is 6-1 at No. 6 singles and has won six-straight matches
WashU takes on No. 3 Bowdoin College (21-1) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Monday, May 21, in Claremont, Calif. Bowdoin defeated WashU 5-3 in the quarterfinals a year ago in Chattanooga, Tenn.