No. 18 Men’s Tennis to Open Spring Campaign on Saturday

No. 18 Men’s Tennis to Open Spring Campaign on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, currently ranked 18th in Division III, will open its spring 2019 campaign this Saturday, February 9th in Crawfordsville, Indiana with matches against Wabash College at 9:00 a.m., Earlham College at 1:00 p.m. and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 4:00 p.m.

Fans can follow the action during all three matches with live results at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/live.

The Spartans will enter the 2019 spring season ranked 18th in the first Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III rankings of the season, and seventh in the Central Region.  CWRU went 17-10 in dual matches last season, including a 4-2 mark in road contests and a 6-7 record in neutral site contests.

Top returners from last year's team include All-UAA Second Team selections in juniors Anthony Kanam and Sam Concannon, and sophomore all-conference honorable mention Jonathan Powell.  Powell and Kanam will begin the spring as the 25th-ranked doubles team in Division III.

The Spartans will be looking to build off the success of a strong fall campaign, when the team went a combined 60-30 in singles matches and 53-15 in doubles play.  Freshman Max Vicario made an immediate impact on the team, reaching the round of 16 of the singles draw at the ITA Fall Regional Championships, while Concannon and sophomores Earl Hsieh, Powell, and Matthew Chen each reached the round of 32.  In the doubles draw, Chen and junior Zach Hennessey made it to the semifinals, while Kanam and Powell made it to the tournament's quarterfinal round.

Rob Stroup, the lone senior on the team, led the Spartans with six singles wins in the fall, while freshman Kenneth Boyette, Powell and Vicario each totaled five singles victories.  Other returning veterans to the squad include junior Henry Squire and sophomores Will Grier, Josh Hsia, Aris Jhaveri and Austin Lawrence, while freshman Chaitanya Aduru, Varun Thachil and Aaron Umen will all have a chance to make an impact during their first spring of collegiate competition.

The Spartans schedule will once again be filled with challenging opponents, with 12 of their 27 total matches against teams ranked in the ITA's preseason top-40.  CWRU will open competition on Saturday against Wabash (0-2), Earlham (0-0) and Rose-Hulman (0-0).  Last year, Rose-Hulman went 17-11 (including a pair of losses to the Spartans) and won the HCAC Tournament over Earlham, before losing to Carnegie Mellon in the NCAA Tournament.

Earlham went 20-5 last season, while Wabash notched a 13-12 overall record (including a loss to CWRU).

After this weekend, the Spartans will face 40th-ranked Coe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday, February 15, before turning their attention to hosting the 2019 ITA Indoor Championships, at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio.  The Spartans will open up play at the event against third-ranked Chicago on February 22.

CWRU will make a spring break trip to Orlando, Florida, from March 9 – 15, with matches against ranked opponents in #7 Amherst, #10 Carnegie Mellon, #14 Kenyon and #17 Trinity (Texas).  Other ranked opponents during the year including a March 30 meeting with #36 Hobart, an April 7th contest against #25 Kalamazoo, and matchups against #3 Chicago and #9 Washington on April 13.

The 2019 UAA Championships will be played from Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Six of the eight UAA teams will begin the season nationally ranked, including Chicago, third-ranked Emory, Washington, Carnegie Mellon, CWRU and 21st-ranked Brandeis.

Final results and a full recap of the Spartans' performance on Saturday will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition.