KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team lost 6-2 against Carnegie Mellon University (PA) in its morning matchup, but rebounded to win 5-4 against No. 25 Denison University in the third-place match on day two of the Great Lakes Invitational. With the split, the Spartans moved to 10-7 overall on the season.
Case scored its lone singles point at the four spot, where freshman Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey) took a 6-2, 6-1 decision over CMU's Harsha Rao to improve to 16-8 overall. The Spartans also picked up a point at third doubles as junior Rohan Patel and sophomore Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) defeated Rao and Jooho Yu, 8-1.
The Spartans then came back to win a close one in the second match of the day. Case grabbed two doubles points and sealed the win with three singles points over the Big Red. Junior Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington), ranked 17th in the region, took a big match at first singles against a fellow regionally-ranked opponent in No. 18 Matt McErlean, 6-2, 6-3. Brunsting was also a winner at fifth singles, defeating Andrew Marczak 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) then took down Jared Connolly at sixth singles, 6-4, 6-3, for another crucial point.
Carr and Brunsting teamed up at second singles to defeat Connolly and Tim Martin, ranked eighth in the region, by a score of 8-2. At third doubles, Patel and Klawitter also earned an 8-3 decision over Jay Fovel and Juan Guerra.
The Spartans will play next on Friday, April 15 at the University Athletic Championships. Day one matchups are to be announced.