March 11, 2011
Bears edge Bearcats in clash of Divisions
ST. LOUIS-Washington University took a 2-1 lead into singles play and split six singles matches to earn a 5-4 decision against Northwest Missouri State University Friday at the Tao Tennis Center.
The match featured two of the top tennis programs in the nation for their respective divisions. Washington (5-2) is currently ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Division III rankings while Northwest (2-1) is No. 19 in NCAA Division II.
Bryan Heywood's three-set victory against Giovanni Aurrichio at number six singles was the deciding point. The Bears also won at number three and number five singles.
Northwest's Malcolm Harrison improved to 17-1 during the 2010-11 academic year after easing past Isaac Stein in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Harrison is the 29th-ranked player in Division II while Stein is ranked 12th in Division III.
Another match-up of ranked foes went Northwest's way as Calvin Patterson (#53 in Division II) earned a three-set victory against Max Woods (#30 in Division III). Northwest's Vijit Sehgal won at number four singles to draw the match even at 4-4.
Stein and Woods may have dropped individual matches, but they teamed to earn an 8-1 decision against Harrison and Sehgal at number one doubles. Washington also won at number two doubles where Cameron Chiang and Kareem Farah beat Northwest's Philip Hultquist and Aurrichio 8-6.
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