CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team sprinted to an early lead in doubles action and cruised to a 5-0 win over Washington (Mo.) University in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship on Monday afternoon at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College.
With the win, the Polar Bears (22-1) establish a new program record for single-season wins and advance to the NCAA semifinals for the third consecutive season. Bowdoin will face the University of Chicago at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday for a trip to the national championship match.
- The Polar Bears took control of the match early, taking the first two completed doubles matches via 8-4 wins at number one from Luke Tercek/Grant Urken and number two from Jerry Jiang/Kyle Wolfe.
- J.J. Kroot/Johnny Wu of WashU mounted a late rally at number three doubles, closing the gap to 7-6, but Gil Roddy held serve for the win, giving he and his teammate Larry Zhao an 8-6 triumph and 3-0 overall lead heading to singles.
- Roddy made quick work at number five singles, dusting off Jason Haugen in a 6-2, 6-1 decision.
- It became a race to the finish from there as Grant Urken, Kyle Wolfe and Justin Patel all reached the edge of wins within moments of each other for the Polar Bears.
- Patel got there first, rallying from a 0-6 opening set to defeat Kroot 6-2, 6-4 over the final two sets to clinch the victory for Bowdoin.
- Bowdoin will face the University of Chicago at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday in the semifinals.
- The contest will be a rematch of a March 21 match between the squads, claimed by Bowdoin 7-2.
- Complete coverage will be available at the Championship Homepage