WHITEWATER, Wis. - The 15th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis Bears were too much for the Coe College men's tennis team on Saturday morning, as they beat the Kohawks 5-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears first win came at number three doubles, as Gary Parizher and Jeffrey Hirsh beat junior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and senior Victor Khristenko (Orel, Russia) 8-3. At number two doubles, Kareem Farah and Parker Chang beat sophomore Jeff Damisch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and sophomore Michael Woolf (Palantine, Ill./Palantine) 8-4. After exchanging leads throughout the set, Adam Putterman and Ross Putterman beat sophomore Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) and freshman Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) 9-8 (8-6).
In singles play, Ross Putterman, ranked 25th in the country, downed Stokstad 6-1, 6-2 at number three singles. The Bears won the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win at number four singles, where Farah beat Damisch.
The Kohawks wrap up the season 23-8 with an Iowa Conference Championship and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. While the Kohawks will miss the services of Khristenko and senior Jonathan Roger (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village), a majority of the Kohawk starters return next season to defend the Iowa Conference title.