#12 Spartans Fall to #34 Brandeis; Finish Sixth at UAA Championships

#12 Spartans Fall to #34 Brandeis; Finish Sixth at UAA Championships

Case Western Reserve University, ranked 12th in Division III, was edged out by 34th-ranked Brandeis University for fifth-place at the 2017 University Athletic Association Men's Tennis Championships, falling 5-4 to the Judges at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida on Sunday morning.

The Spartans fell in an early hole in the match, dropping all three doubles contests to the Judges.  At first doubles, sophomore John Benedetto and senior Fred Daum suffered an 8-6 setback to Michael Arguello and Ryan Bunis.  Seniors James Fojtasek and Phillip Gruber then dropped an 8-4 decision to Tyler Ng and David Aizenberg on second doubles.  Brandeis completed the sweep with an 8-6 win from Brian Granoff and Jackson Kogan over freshman Anthony Kanam and sophomore David Zakhodin at third doubles.

Case Western Reserve was unable to recover from the early deficit, despite a strong showing in singles play.  Brandeis quickly secured the team victory with wins from Granoff, 6-2, 6-2 over freshman Siddharth Rajupet at second singles, and from Ng, 6-0, 6-3 over senior Kevin Dong at fourth singles.

Once the match was decided, the Spartans rallied for four singles victories.  Sophomore Rob Stroup put the team on the board with a 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over Arguello at third singles, and freshman Sam Concannon tallied a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Aizenberg at sixth singles.  In the no. 1 singles match, Fojtasek battled back for a 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 win over Bunis, and senior Josh Dughi capped off a perfect 3-0 week at the UAA Championships with a 6-2, 5-7, 10-4 win over Mitchell Ostrovsky at fifth singles.

The loss dropped Case Western Reserve to 20-6 on the season, while Brandeis raised its record to 12-7 with the win.

The Spartans will wrap up the 2016-17 regular season next weekend, when the team returns home for matches against John Carroll University and Franciscan University, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the Carlton Courts in Cleveland, Ohio.