#18 Spartans Win ‘Senior Day’ Matches against NYU & OWU

#18 Spartans Win ‘Senior Day’ Matches against NYU & OWU

The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team celebrated its 'Senior Day' on Saturday with a pair of wins, defeating New York University 7-2 and Ohio Wesleyan University 6-3 at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the two wins, the Spartans improved to 15-9 on the season, and will enter next week's University Athletic Association Championships in Sanford, Florida having won six of their last seven matches overall.

In between matches, Case Western Reserve recognized its lone senior player, James Fojtasek, with a special 'Senior Day' recognition.  During his time with the team, Fojtasek has recorded a 62-43 singles record and a 79-36 mark in doubles play, and ranks fifth in school history in career wins for both singles and doubles.

The Spartans carried the momentum from a strong start at doubles to a 7-2 win over the Violets in the team's opening match of the day.

Case Western Reserve swept through the three doubles matches to jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the contest.  Fojtasek and sophomore Anthony Kanam claimed an 8-3 win over Umberto Setter and Zeb Zheng at first doubles.  At second doubles, freshmen Neil Mabee and Jonathan Powell bested Michael Li and Shrikar Kundur 8-4.  Freshman Matthew Chen and sophomore Zach Hennessey completed the doubles sweep for the Spartans with an 8-1 victory over Vishal Walia and Rahul Das.

The Spartans were particularly strong at the bottom of their singles lineup in their match against NYU, with the four-through-six players each claiming straight-set wins.  At fourth singles, sophomore Sam Concannon bested Stefan Rodic 6-1, 6-1, while junior Rob Stroup defeated Yanik Parsch 6-1, 6-3 at fifth singles.  Powell added a 6-0, 6-2 win over Joshua Piatos at sixth singles, and Chen battled to a 7-5, 6-2 victory at second singles.

CWRU did suffer a pair of setbacks in the match, with Setter besting Fojtasek 6-4, 7-5 at in the first singles match, and Walia earning a 3-6, 6-2 10-5 win over Kanam at third singles.

The Violets fell to 4-7 on the season with the loss to the Spartans.

The Spartans completed a perfect Saturday with a 6-3 win over Ohio Wesleyan in the second match of the day.

CWRU took two of the three doubles matches against the Bishops.  At first doubles, Fojtasek and Kanam bested Shouta Fukamachi and Jack Hibbard 8-1, while Chen and Hennessey added an 8-1 victory over Felipe Duarte and Jacob Volbers at third doubles.  Ohio Wesleyan brought the score to 2-1 heading into single play with a win at second doubles from Jakaraj Rungaseng and Diego Venegas Vargas over Mabee and Powell, 8-7 (7).

In singles play, Kanam claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win over Venegas Vargas at second singles, and Concannon bested Hibbard in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, at third singles.  Powell earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Elliot Garwood at fourth singles, and freshman Josh Hsia defeated Alex Lutz 6-3, 6-2 at sixth singles.  Chen dropped a 2-6, 6-2 10-8 decision at first singles to Fukamachi, and freshman Earl Hsieh suffered a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Duarte at fifth singles.

Seeding for the 2018 UAA Men's Tennis Championships will be announced early next week.  Play for the conference title is slated to begin on Thursday, April 26th at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Spring, Florida.