BEVERLY, Mass. – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team held off a late charge by New York University, winning the deciding singles match to earn a 5-4 win and moved on to defeat Brandeis University (MA) 5-2 on Saturday, April 16 at the Bass River Tennis Club on day two of the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship. Case claimed fifth-place overall at the weekend tournament with the wins.
The Spartans also rebounded from yesterday's tough first round loss against No. 5 nationally-ranked Washington University (MO) to improve their season record to 12-8.
Against the Violets, Case took two-of-three in doubles to get off to an early lead in the match. Junior Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and sophomore Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) picked up an 8-3 decision at second doubles, while junior captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and freshman Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey) squeezed out a 9-8 victory at the three spot.
Leading 2-1, the Spartans dropped the fourth singles point to fall back into a tie. In the next finish, Carr held off Connor Witty at first singles, 6-4, 6-3 to put Case back up. Klawitter then defeated Bowen Xu, 7-5, 6-1 at the five spot, but NYU earned points at second and third singles to knot the match up at 4-4. With the match on the line, Brunsting dismissed Matt Gross, 6-1, 6-1 at the sixth position to clinch the win for Case.
In the evening matchup with the Judges, the Spartans got off to another 2-1 start in doubles play with wins going to Carr and Brunsting as well as Patel and Klawitter.
Case pushed its lead to 3-1 after sophomore Kyle Gerber (Columbus, OH/St. Charles Prep) made quick work of his opponent, 6-2, 6-2, at fourth singles. At third singles, Patel earned a 6-4, 6-1 win to bring Case within a point of the win. Brandeis picked up the next point at first singles, but John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) sealed the win at second singles with a 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 win.