No. 14 CWRU Wins Three Matches on Monday

No. 14 CWRU Wins Three Matches on Monday

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked 14th in Division III, claimed three wins in three matches on Monday, defeating both Hampden-Sydney College and Wheaton College (Ill.) by 9-0 scores at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and then traveling to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida later in the day to top Webber International 7-2.

The three wins raise the Spartans' season record to 9-3 overall.

In the early match against Hampden-Sydney, CWRU swept through the doubles matches with the third doubles duo of junior Henry Squire and sophomore Aris Jhaveri defeating Tyler Brice and Clark Cummings 8-3, followed by an 8-4 win at first singles by sophomore Jonathan Powell and freshman Aaron Umen over Matthew Moody and William Driskill.  At second doubles, junior Anthony Kanam and freshman Chaitanya Aduru defeated Grayson Burns and Michael Moody 8-7 (0).

Aduru was the first CWRU singles player to finish, defeating Burns 6-0, 6-1 at fourth singles, and at third singles, Powell clinched the match for the Spartans with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Driskill.  The Spartans continued to add onto their lead, as Squire defeated Andrew Donelson 6-0, 6-0 at sixth singles, Jhaveri topped Brice 6-0, 6-2 at fifth singles, Umen claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win at second singles over Michael Moody, and Kanam secured a 7-5, 6-1 win at first singles over Matthew Moody.

Hampden-Sydney dropped to 1-3 with the loss.

Facing Wheaton in the other early contest, freshman Max Vicario and junior Sam Concannon struck the first blow with an 8-1 win at third doubles over Jacob Panjwani and Jack Guenther.  At first doubles, junior Zach Hennessey and sophomore Matthew Chen defeated Andrew Bristol and Josh Cheng 8-3, and senior Rob Stroup and sophomore Earl Hsieh topped Alexander Winters and Anderson Park 8-3 at second doubles.

Hsieh started singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Bristol in the fifth match, and Concannon locked up the victory with a win-by-retirement, after leading 6-1, 2-0 when Cheng surrendered.  Hennessey picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Christopher Jones at sixth singles, Stroup defeated Winters 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles, Vicario triumphed 6-1, 6-0 over Panjwani at third singles, and Chen defeated Park 7-5, 6-3 in the first singles match.

Wheaton fell to 2-5 for the campaign with the setback.

In the late match, Weber International took a 1-0 lead with an 8-3 win at second doubles, as Matthew Alexander and Kyle Hall bester Kanam and Umen 8-3.  However, the Spartans responded with wins at first and third doubles, as Chen and Powell defeated Ivan Bondarenko and Tare Mariga 8-6, and Hsieh and Aduru topped Hugo Hasegawa and Marc Schneider 8-6.

The Spartans would go on to claim wins in five of the six singles matches, with Concannon besting Mariga 6-4, 6-1 at second singles, Powell topping Bondarenko 6-2, 6-1 at third singles, Stroup defeating Jordi Serrano 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles, Aduru topping Christof Buehler 6-4, 6-3 at fifth singles, and Hsieh defeating Schneider 6-1, 6-2 at sixth singles.  CWRU's lone singles setback was a 6-1, 6-7 (2), 10-2 loss at first singles by Vicario to Hasegawa.

Webber International's record fell to 6-6 on the campaign with the CWRU win.

The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, facing 17th-ranked Trinity University at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando.