#12 Spartans Fall to #7 Carnegie Mellon in UAA Men’s Tennis Quarterfinals

#12 Spartans Fall to #7 Carnegie Mellon in UAA Men’s Tennis Quarterfinals

The 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University Spartans opened play at the 2017 University Athletic Association Men's Tennis Championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida with a 8-1 loss to seventh-ranked Carnegie Mellon University on Friday morning.

The loss ended a nine match winning streak for the Spartans, and dropped the team to 19-5 on the season.  Carnegie Mellon improved to 16-7 with the victory.

The loss will send the Spartans to the consolation semfinals, where they will take on the no. 8 seed University of Rochester, which dropped a 9-0 match to top-seeded Emory University in the first round on Friday morning.  Rochester, now 9-10 on the season, is unranked nationally but is ranked 18th in the Northeast Region.

The Spartans suffered three close losses in doubles play to fall into an early deficit in the match.  At third doubles, freshman Anthony Kanam and sophomore David Zakhodin suffered an 8-6 setback to Michael Rozenvasser and Kenny Zheng, while at no. 1 doubles, senior Fred Daum and sophomore John Benedetto were topped by Daniel Levine and Mark Prettyman 9-7.  Seniors James Fojtasek and Phillip Gruber played to a tiebreaker at first doubles against Chaz Downing and Jeffrey Chen, but were unable to salvage a point, falling 9-8 (1).

Carnegie Mellon quickly added a singles win, extending the team score to 4-0 after a 6-1, 6-1 victory from Zheng over senior Kevin Dong in the fifth match.  Minutes later, Rozenvasser clinched the match for the Tartans with a 6-2, 6-4 win over freshman Siddharth Rajupet in the second-singles match.

At no. 1 singles, Levine topped Fojtasek in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7, and Downing followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win over sophomore Rob Stroup at third singles, putting the Tartans on top 7-0. 

Senior Josh Dughi put Case Western Reserve on the board with a 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 win over Vayum Arora at fifth singles.  Rounding out the match, CMU's Kiril Kirkov bested CWRU freshman Sam Concannon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) at sixth singles to cap off the victory.

Action at the University Athletic Association Championships will resume on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Fans can follow the Spartans' match against Rochester with live stats at http://www.enrollment.cmu.edu/athletics/mbasketball/xlive.htm.  More information can be found on the tournament website at http://athletics.cmu.edu/sports/mten/2016-17/UAA/index