The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team won its fourth-straight match to open the 2019 spring season on Friday afternoon, defeating 39th-ranked Coe College 8-1 on neutral-site courts in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The win was the Spartans' first of the season against a team ranked in the top-40 nationally, as CWRU improved to 4-0 overall. Coe dropped to 4-2 with Friday's loss.
CWRU opened the match with wins in two of the three doubles contest. Picking up victories were the duos of sophomore Matthew Chen and junior Zach Hennessey, 8-3 over Nate Ackert and Rami Hemaidan at second doubles, and freshmen Chaitanya Aduru and Aaron Umen, 8-2 at third doubles over Jon Lansing and Bo Wilson. The Spartans' lone setback of the day came at first doubles, where junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell fell to Josh Pudlo and Nate Greiner by an 8-6 score.
The Spartans would go on to sweep the six singles matches, winning five in straight sets. At first singles, Chen topped Pudlo 6-4, 6-3, and Kanam earned a 7-6, 6-0 win over Greiner at second singles. In the third singles match, Umen picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hemaidan, and freshman Max Vicario earned a come-from-behind win over Ackert at fourth singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Rounding out the day, Powell defeated Wilson 6-2, 6-2 at fifth singles, and senior Rob Stroup topped Nathan Meskell at sixth singles, 6-1, 6-2.
The Spartans will now turn their attention toward the 2019 ITA Indoor National Championships, which the team will be hosting at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio from Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th. Case Western Reserve, the eighth-seeded team in the tournament, will begin play at 4:30 p.m. against top-seeded and nationally third-ranked Chicago at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information on the 2019 ITA Indoor Nationals, please go to https://athletics.case.edu/itaindoorchamps.