The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team will be in action at the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida from Thursday, April 20th through Saturday, April 22nd.
The field of competition at the UAA Championships is slated to be one of the deepest ever, with all eight teams ranked nationally. A total of 15 regionally-ranked singles player and eight regionally-ranked doubles pairings are scheduled to be in action at this year's conference championships.
Case Western Reserve, seeded fifth at the tournament, will open play on Thursday against the fourth-seeded and nationally 11th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University at 9:00 a.m. The winner of the match will advance to play the winner of the contest between top-seeded and nationally top-ranked Emory University and the eighth-seeded and nationally 37th-ranked University of Rochester, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.
First round matchups on the other side of the draw include ninth-ranked and second-seeded University of Chicago against 31st-ranked and seventh-seeded New York University, and 10th-ranked and third-seeded Washington University (Mo.) against 19th-ranked and sixth-seeded Brandeis University.
Consolation matchups between teams that drop their first-round matches will also be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. The championship, third-place, fifth-place and seventh-place matches will each be contested on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
The Spartans, who finished fifth at last year's UAA Championships, will enter the tournament with an overall record of 15-4, and as winners of four of their last six contests. In addition to being ranked 18th in Division III, the squad is also ranked third in the Central Region, and feature regionally-ranked singles players in junior Nithya Kanagasegar (fourth) and freshman Kendal Holladay (23rd) and the region's fifth-ranked doubles pairing of Kanagasegar and sophomore Jessica Liu.
Carnegie Mellon, which finished fourth at the 2016 UAA Championships, is 15-6 this season and ranked second in the Atlantic South Region, in addition to appearing at 11th in the latest national rankings. The Tartan's lineup features regionally-ranked singles players Nicholle Torres (third), Cori Sidell (seventh) and Jamie Vizleman (16th) and the sixth-ranked duo of Torress and Sidell.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, following a hard-fought 8-1 loss for the Spartans against the Tartans in Pittsburgh last weekend. In the loss, Case Western Reserve picked up a doubles win from junior Nina Cepeda and freshman Katrin Gurvich in the third match (8-5).
Full results and a recap of the Spartans' matches will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition each day. In addition, live statistics will be posted to the website and to the CWRU women's tennis schedule page once they are made available for each match. Fans can also follow the official team twitter account @casetennis for updates throughout the tournament.