No. 18 Edged Out by No. 30 Kalamazoo, 5-4

No. 18 Edged Out by No. 30 Kalamazoo, 5-4

The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team suffered a setback against 30th-ranked Kalamazoo College on Sunday afternoon, as the Spartans were edged by the Hornets 5-4 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The loss ended a four match winning streak for the Spartans, who dropped to 13-9 overall.  Kalamazoo improved to 11-6 with Sunday's victory.

The freshman duo of Neil Mabee and Jonathan Powell got the Spartans off to a quick start on Sunday, defeating Ricardo DelOlmo-Parrado and Allen Vinson 8-0 in the second doubles match.  Senior James Fojtasek and sophomore Anthony Kanam followed with an 8-5 win over Tytus Metzler and Daniel Henry at no. 1 doubles.  At third doubles, sophomore Sam Concannon and freshman Matthew Chen suffered an 8-6 setback to Zack Ryan and Elan Dantus, setting the score a 2-1 heading into singles play.

Kanam helped the Spartans extend their lead to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at third singles over Dantus, but the Hornets responded with back-to-back wins to even the team score, as Metzler bested Fojtasek 6-1, 6-2 at first singles, and Henry claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Chen at second singles.  Powell put the Spartans back ahead 4-3 with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win at sixth singles over Zack Ray, but Kalamazoo's Vinson evened the score again with a three-set win at fourth singles over sophomore Rob Stroup, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and the Hornets would clinch the team win with a 6-3, 6-2 win at fifth singles from DelOlmo-Parrado over Concannon.

The Spartans will return home next Saturday, April 21st for a pair of matches against Ohio Wesleyan and New York University.