CLEVELAND, Ohio – Senior co-captain Sean Carr (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) rallied from a set down in the deciding match lifting the No. 23 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team to a 5-4 victory versus regionally-ranked Denison University on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Courts. The match was designated as a "Rally for the Cure" event with proceedings going to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Carr lost the first set by a 6-3 score at No. 2 singles to Denison's Matt McErlean. However, the fourth-year Spartan responded by taking the next two sets by tallies of 7-5 and 6-2 in the deciding set.
The Spartans improve to 11-6 in dual matches this season, including a perfect 4-0 mark at home and 3-3 record against regionally-ranked foes, while Denison suffers its first loss of the season and dips to 7-1.
Case grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles competition with victories at No. 1 and No. 3. First doubles featured a pair of regionally-ranked duos, and the Spartans' No. 5-ranked duo of sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and junior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) won by a count of 8-5 over No. 13-ranked Tyler Cempre and McErlean. At. No. 3, senior co-captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) claimed victory by a narrow 8-6 tally.
Singles play went back-and-forth and the Spartans picked up crucial team points by Gerber, Healey and Carr.
Gerber defeated Juan Guerra at No. 3 by scores of 7-5 and 6-3, while Healey went the distance in a three-set marathon at No. 6 with Grant Veltman before claiming victory by scores of 6-3, 2-6 and 6-4.
Carr then clinched the match via the three-set come-from-behind victory versus McErlean.
The Spartans now have three weeks off from competition before taking on University Athletic Association foes Washington University-St. Louis and the University of Chicago (Ill.) on Saturday, April 14. The Spartans will battle the Bears at 11:00 a.m. before taking on the host Maroons at 4:00 p.m.