#18 CWRU Men’s Tennis Edged by #9 Carnegie Mellon 5-4 in UAA Quarterfinals

#18 CWRU Men’s Tennis Edged by #9 Carnegie Mellon 5-4 in UAA Quarterfinals

The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team put up a strong effort against ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University in the quarterfinals of the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships on Thursday morning, but the Spartans ultimately suffered a 5-4 setback to the Tartans at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

The loss dropped the sixth-seeded Spartans to 15-10 on the season, and sent the team to the consolation bracket, where they will face New York University on Friday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. in Altamonte Springs.

The match started off strong for the Spartans, who won two of the three doubles matches.  The third-doubles duo of freshman Matthew Chen and sophomore Zach Hennessey were dominant, claiming an 8-0 win over Ben Ash and Nicholas Calzolano.  The Tartans evened the score with a win at first doubles from Daniel Levine and Chaz Downing over senior James Fojtasek and sophomore Anthony Kanam, 8-5.  At third doubles, the duo of freshmen Neil Mabee and Jonathan Powell defeated Ray Boppana and Jeffrey Chen 8-4 to give the Spartans a 2-1 edge heading into doubles.

Powell maintained his undefeated singles record this season, improving to 5-0 with a win over Calzolano at sixth singles, and giving the Spartans a 3-1 lead.  However, the next four matches would all be decided in Carnegie Mellon's favor, securing the match for the Tartans.  At third singles, Boppana bested Kanam 6-3, 6-3, while Downing defeated Chen 6-4, 6-2 at second singles.  Fojtasek fought hard in the first singles match, but ultimately succumbed in three sets to Levine, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, and at fifth singles, Robert Levin defeated junior Rob Stroup 6-3, 6-2 to secure the match for Carnegie Mellon.

Sophomore Sam Concannon claimed the first set of the fifth singles match 7-6 (1) over Shekar Kailas, before Kalais retired to give Concannon the victory, and end the match with a score of 5-4.

Carnegie Mellon improved to 14-5 on the season with the win, and will advance to the UAA semifinals to face Chicago on Friday.

Friday's match will be the second meeting in the last week between the Spartans and the Violets, after CWRU topped NYU 7-2 in Cleveland last Saturday.  NYU suffered a 9-0 loss to second-seeded and nationally third-ranked Chicago in its quarterfinal matchup, falling to 5-8 on the year.

Fans can follow the Spartans' consolation match against NYU with live results at http://www.enrollment.cmu.edu/athletics/mtennis/xlive.htm.  A full recap and results of the match will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Friday.