12th-Ranked Men’s Tennis to Play Wheaton, Wooster & Oberlin this Weekend

12th-Ranked Men’s Tennis to Play Wheaton, Wooster & Oberlin this Weekend

The 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team will take part in three matches this weekend, facing Wheaton College (Ill.) at 9:00 a.m. and the College of Wooster at 1:00 p.m. in Oberlin, Ohio on Saturday, April 8th, followed by a 10:00 a.m. match against Oberlin College back at home on Sunday, April 9th.

The Spartans will be aiming to extend a four-match winning streak, including a pair of victories (8-1 and 9-0) over SUNY Oneonta last Saturday.  Case Western Reserve is 14-4 overall on the season, including marks of 5-2 in home matches, 2-1 in road contests, and 7-1 in neutral-site competition.  The squad has gone 133-99 (.573 winning percentage) in singles play this season, including a 75-33 mark (.694) in the spring, while recording a ledger of 69-58 (.543) in doubles action with a 38-16 record (.704) in the spring.

The Spartans, ranked third in the Central Region, feature regionally 10th-ranked singles player in senior James Fojtasek and the 11th-ranked doubles team in the region in senior Fred Daum and sophomore John Benedetto.  Freshman Sam Concannon leads the team in singles wins with a 16-6 record, while freshman Anthony Kanam (14-5), sophomore Rob Stroup (12-9), senior Kevin Dong (11-6), senior Josh Dughi (10-6), freshman Rajeev Laungani (10-2), and freshman Siddharth Rajupet (10-13) have all registered at least 10 singles wins this year.  Doubles wins leaders for the team include senior Phillip Gruber (17-10), followed by Daum (16-11), Benedetto (14-10), and Kanam (14-11).

Wheaton currently stands at 7-5 overall record, including a 4-3 mark in neutral games, and will face Augustana on Tuesday prior to taking on the Spartans on Saturday.  The team has won two-straight matches, including a 6-3 win at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire last Friday.  The Thunder, who are ranked 12th in the Central Region, feature the region's sixth-ranked singles player in Justin Ancona, and the seventh-ranked doubles team in Ancona and Matt Steiner.

Wooster is 6-12 on the season with a 4-6 neutral-site record, and will face Oberlin earlier in the day on Saturday, prior to their match against the Spartans.  The Fighting Scots are coming off a 5-4 loss at Rose-Hulman last Sunday.  The team features the 16th-ranked singles player in the Central Region in Titas Bera.

Oberlin, which will play both Wheaton and Wooster on Saturday as well, is 11-7 on the season with a 1-3 road record.  The Yeomen fell in their last match, suffering a 7-2 setback to Denison.  Oberlin is ranked 11th in the Central Region as a team, and features Ian Paik, ranked 23rd in the region in singles play, and the region's 13th-ranked duo of Paik and Jeremy Lichtmacher.

Results and a recap of the matches will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition each day.  Fans can also follow the action with periodic twitter update at https://twitter.com/casetennis1.