No. 15 CWRU Defeats Wabash 8-1, Falls 8-1 to #9 Chicago

No. 15 CWRU Defeats Wabash 8-1, Falls 8-1 to #9 Chicago

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked 15th in Division III, split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio, defeating Wabash College 8-1, before suffering a 8-1 setback to the ninth-ranked University of Chicago in the late match.

The split moved the Spartans' spring record to 2-3.

Case Western Reserve claimed two of the three doubles matches in the early contest against Wabash, with sophomores Sam Concannon and Anthony Kanam defeating Jordan Greenwell and Kirill Ivanchenko 8-2 at no. 2 doubles, and sophomore Zach Hennessey and freshman Neil Mabee claiming an 8-2 win over Andrew Denning and George Go III at no. 3 doubles.  The Spartans' lone loss in the match came at no. 1 doubles, where senior James Fojtasek and sophomore Matthew Chen fell to William Reifeis and Patrick McAuley 8-5.

CWRU would go on to sweep the six singles matches, with five of the six wins coming in straight sets.  Chen set the tone at first singles with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Reifeis, while sophomore Siddharth Rajupet defeated McAuley 7-6, 6-1 at no. 2 singles.  At third singles, Concannon earned a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Greenwell, with Kanam utilizing three sets for a win over Ivanchenko, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 in the fourth singles match.  Rounding out the singles sweep were sophomore Henry Squire with a 6-, 6-1 win over Nicholas Pollock in the fifth match, and freshman Earl Hsieh with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Go III in the sixth contest.

Wabash fell to 2-3 on the year with the loss.

In their second match of the day, the Spartans were beset by a slow start, dropping all three doubles matches to Chicago to fall into a 3-0 hole.  In the first doubles match, Fojtasek and Chen suffered an 8-4 setback to Nicolas Chua and Ninan Kumar.  Concannon and Kanam fell to Tyler Raclin and Luke Tsai in the second doubles match 8-6 and Chicago's Erik Kerrigan and Abhin Sharma completed the sweep with an 8-3 win over Mabee and Hennessey at no. 3 doubles.

Chicago struck the first blow in singles play, extending their lead to 4-0 behind a 6-2, 6-1 win from Jeremy Yuan over Rajupet in the fourth singles match, and would clinch the team victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win from Kerrigan over junior Rob Stroup at third singles.

The Spartans recovered with wins at no. 6 singles from Kanam over Kumar, 6-2, 6-2, but would drop the final three matches of the day, with Fojtasek dropping a 5-7, 7-6(1), 10-8 match to Chua at no. 1 singles, Chen suffering a 2-6, 7-6(1), 10-7 setback to Tsai at no. 2 singles, and Concannon falling 6-2, 7-6(6) to Alejandro Rodriguez at no. 5 singles.

Chicago has opened up its spring campaign with a 4-0 ledger.

The Spartans will be off for the next two weeks, before returning to action on the road with three matches in Newport News, Virginia on February 24th and 25th, including contests against #32 North Carolina Wesleyan and #28 Christopher Newport.