The Case Western Reserve men's tennis team, ranked 25th in Division III, concluded its Spring Break trip with a 5-4 loss to 15th-ranked Trinity University on Friday afternoon in Claremont, California.
The Spartans dropped to 7-7 with the loss, while Trinity improved to 5-10.
Case Western Reserved fell into a 2-1 hole after doubles play, despite an 8-4 win at third doubles from the freshman duo of Neil Mabee and Jonathan Powell over Tilden Oliver and Lars Wilk.
CWRU made a comeback attempt with a strong effort in singles matches. Wins from sophomore Anthony Kanam (7-6, 6-2 over Trinity's Wilson Lambeth at third singles) and junior Rob Stroup (6-2, 6-3 over Wilk at sixth singles) helped the Spartans climb back into the match. Senior James Fojtasek added a comeback victory at first singles, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 over Wilson Hamilton that knotted the team score at 4-4. However, moments later, sophomore Matthew Chen dropped a three-set match to Jordan Pitts at second singles, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, giving the team victory to Trinity.
CWRU was scheduled to play a match later in the day against Vassar College, and swept doubles matches, but the match was cancelled during singles play due to rain. In the matches, Fojtasek and Kanam claimed an 8-1 win at no. 1 doubles, Powell and Mabee picked up an 8-4 win at no. 2 doubles, and freshman Earl Hsieh and sophomore Zach Hennessey claimed an 8-2 win at no. 3 doubles. Doubles results from the match will count towards individual records, but there is no team score from the contest.
With their Spring Break trip now in the books, the Spartans will be back in action in two weeks on Friday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. at Haverford College.