Men’s Tennis Turns in Solid Opening Weekend at Kenyon

Men’s Tennis Turns in Solid Opening Weekend at Kenyon

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team opened up its 2017 fall campaign with a strong performance at the Kenyon Invitational in Gambier, Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.

Spartan players combined to go 32-10 in singles play, winning five of the 11 flights and finishing second in four of the flights.  In doubles action, CWRU finished the competition with a combined record of 14-5, winning three of the five flights during the weekend.

Freshman Matthew Chen turned in a successful collegiate debut, going 3-0 in singles play to win the second flight, and teaming with sophomore Sam Concannon to win the second doubles flight with a 3-0 mark.  Sophomore Anthony Kanam went 3-0 to win the fourth singles flight, and sophomore Zach Hennessey tallied a 3-0 mark in the fifth singles flight to win the draw.  Adding flight victories were freshmen Vivi Vemula (2-0) and Will Grier (2-0), while sophomore Rob Stroup (2-1), Concannon (2-1), sophomore Siddharth Rajupet (2-1), freshman Earl Hsieh (2-1), sophomore Henry Squire (2-1), freshman Josh Hsia (2-1), freshman Aris Jhaveri (2-1), freshman Austin Lawrence (2-1), and junior Oludayo Areke (2-1) each tallied winning singles records during the tournament.

In addition to Chen and Concannon winning the second doubles flight, Hennessey and Areke (3-0) claimed a victory in the third doubles flight, while Lawrence and Vemula (2-0) and Hsieh and Jhaveri (2-0) each reached the finals of the fifth doubles flight, which was not played.  Fojtasek and Kanam added a third-place finish in the first doubles flight with a 2-1 record.

The Spartans will continue their fall season next weekend at the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational in Mason, Ohio, and the Oberlin Invitational in Oberlin, Ohio.