No. 15 Men’s Tennis with Ranked Opponents on the Horizon this Weekend

No. 15 Men’s Tennis with Ranked Opponents on the Horizon this Weekend

The 15th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team will travel to Newport News, Virginia for three matches this weekend, facing Washington College at 12:00 p.m and 32nd-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th, and 28th-ranked Christopher Newport University at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 25th.

The Spartans will be back in action for the first time in over a week, and will enter the weekend with a 2-3 overall record, following an 8-1 over Wabash and an 8-1 loss to ninth-ranked Chicago on Saturday, February 10th.  Sophomore Anthony Kanam leads the team with a 14-4 singles record, while sophomore Sam Concannon is 11-5 on the year, and freshman Matthew Chen has gone 3-1 so far in the spring, seeing the majority of time at second singles for CWRU.  As a team, the Spartans have notched a .597 (105-71) singles winning percentage this year, and a .533 (49-43) record in doubles play, including the fall.

Washington College will be opening its spring season against the Spartans on Saturday evening, following a 12-6 campaign in 2017.  The Shoremen went 24-6 (.800) in singles matches and 10-2 (.833) in doubles matches during the fall, with junior Chris Salisbury reaching the round of 32 of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships.  In addition, Salisbury and junior Jake Sadler reached the round of 32 of the doubles draw at the event.

North Carolina Wesleyan, ranked 32nd in Division III and ninth in the Atlantic South Region, will enter the weekend with a 1-2 record, including a 6-1 loss to 22nd-ranked Sewanee and a 9-0 victory over Piedmont College last Saturday.  The Battling Bishops will have a Friday contest against Christopher Newport prior to facing the Spartans on Saturday.  N.C. Wesleyan is led by senior Sebastian Sikh, who is ranked 13th in the Atlantic South Region and has teamed with freshman Aditya Iyer to form the eighth-ranked doubles pairing in the region.  Overall, the team is 32-33 in singles play (.492 winning percentage) and 17-19 in doubles action (.472 winning percentage) this year.

Christopher Newport currently stands at 3-1 on the year, including back-to-back wins over Methodist (9-0) and Millsaps (6-3) to open their spring season last weekend.  The Captains are ranked 28th in Division III and seventh in the Atlantic South Region, and will host N.C. Wesleyan on Friday before facing CWRU on Sunday.  Christopher Newport's top singles player is senior David Reed, who is ranked seventh in the Atlantic South Region and 36th overall in Division III.  The team is a combined 39-28 in singles matches (.582) and 21-18 in doubles action (.538).

Results and a recap of each match will be posted to following the completion of competition each day.