#14 Spartans Open Spring Break Play with Split

#14 Spartans Open Spring Break Play with Split

The 14th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team began its Spring Break trip with a split of a pair of matches on Saturday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, defeating the University of Scranton 9-0, before falling in a rematch against 15th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University 5-4.

The Spartans' season record moved to 6-3 for the campaign with the split of the two matches.

Carnegie Mellon claimed wins in the first two doubles matches to be decided, with Yannick Bloem and Vayum Arora defeating freshmen Aaron Umen and Chaitanya Aduru 8-4 at third doubles, and Daniel Levine and Chaz Downing topping junior Anthony Kanam and Jonathan Powell 8-4 at first doubles.  However, the Spartans were able to pick up a win at second doubles, where junior Zach Hennessey and sophomore Matthew Chen claimed an 8-5 victory over Nicholas Calzolano and Ray Boppana, pulled back within a match, 2-1, heading into singles play.

Carnegie Mellon extended its lead to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 win at fourth singles from Robert Levin over freshman Max Vicario, and took a 4-1 advantage when Clark Safran bested senior Rob Stroup 6-1, 6-4 at fifth singles.  Powell would pick up a win over Arora at sixth singles, 7-6, 6-2, to cut the Tartans' lead to two.  Chen followed shortly thereafter with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles over Levine, and Umen followed with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win at third singles to even the score at 4-4.

The match came down to second singles, where Kanam faced off against Downing.  After Downing claimed the first set, 6-4, Kanam picked up a 7-6 (4) win to force a match-deciding third set.  However, Downing would pull out a 6-3 win in the third, giving the deciding match to the Tartans.

With the win, Carnegie Mellon improved to 5-3.

Earlier in the day, the Spartans picked up a sweep against the University of Scranton.  In doubles action, Kanam and Powell defeated Alexander Ochalski and Tarquin McGurrin 8-4 at first doubles, Hennessey and Chen defeated Brian Harkins and Charles Swope 8-1 at second doubles, and Umen and Aduru defeated Christian Aksu and Adrian Maggiani 8-1 at third doubles.

CWRU's success continued into singles play, where Chen opened the action with a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles, and Kanam claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ochalski at second singles.  In the third singles match, Umen defeated Swope 6-3, 6-0, and Vicario topped Harkins 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles.  Stroup was leading 5-0 in the first set when he opponent Aksu retired, and Powell completed the sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 win at sixth singles over Daniel Scala.

The loss was the first of the season for Scranton, which fell to 3-1 on the campaign.

The Spartans will be off on Sunday, before continuing their Spring Break play with a trio of matches on Monday, March 11th facing Hampden-Sydney College and Wheaton College at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. contest against Millsaps College at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.