#14 CWRU Defeats Austin, Falls to #13 Kenyon in Florida on Wednesday

#14 CWRU Defeats Austin, Falls to #13 Kenyon in Florida on Wednesday

The 14th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team continued play in Florida on Wednesday, opening the day with an 8-1 win over Austin College at the Lake Eva Tennis Center in Haines City, before suffering a 5-4 setback to 13th-ranked Kenyon College later in the day in Orlando at the USTA National Campus.

With the split, the Spartans now stand at 10-5 overall on the season.

Against Kenyon, junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell claimed an 8-4 victory at first doubles over Bryan Yoshino and Austin Diehl.  However, Kenyon picked up victories in the other two doubles matches, with Jacob Zalenski and Pascal Lee defeating junior Zach Hennessey and sophomore Matthew Chen 8-7 at second doubles, and Henry Barrett and Nicholas Paolucci earning an 8-4 win over freshmen Chaitanya Aduru and Aaron Umen at third doubles.

Powell would go on to claim a 6-2, 6-2 win over Anatol Doroskovic at fifth singles, improving to 7-0 in singles matches during the Spring Break trip and to a team-best 15-2 in singles play this season.  However, Kenyon would lock up the win with victories in the next three singles matches to finish, as Chen fell to Zalenski 6-2, 6-2 at no. 1 singles, Kanam dropped a 6-1, 7-6 decision to Diehl at second singles, and Umen suffered a 7-6, 7-6 loss to Paolucci at third singles.

After the contest was decided, the Spartans earned a pair of three-set wins, as junior Sam Concannon defeated Yoshino 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in the fourth singles match and Aduru defeated Lee 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 at sixth singles.

With the win, Kenyon improved to 8-2.

Earlier in the day, the Spartans swept all three doubles matches, en route to the 8-1 win over Austin College.  At first doubles, Chen and Powell defeated Kenneth Hardy and Siddharth Kortikere 8-1, Umen and Kanam picked up an 8-4 win over Calum Robe and Andres Padilla at second doubles, and Aduru and Hennessey completed the sweep with an 8-4 win over Josh Granberry and Preston Spivey at third doubles.

Powell went on to defeat Robe 6-3, 6-0 at third singles, and sophomore Aris Jhaveri secured a 6-0, 6-3 win over Spivey at fifth singles to lock up the victory for the Spartans.  Junior Henry Squire added a 6-0, 6-2 win at sixth singles over Travis Fortune, and at fourth singles, sophomore Earl Hsieh defeated Kortikere 6-3, 6-2.  In the first singles match, senior Rob Stroup pulled out a three-set win, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5, over Granberry, while freshman Max Vicario suffered the only loss of the match, a 6-7, 6-3, 11-9 setback to Padilla.

Austin College dropped to 1-5 with the loss.

The Spartans will be off on Thursday, before returning to action on Friday with the final two matches of their Spring Break trip.  CWRU is scheduled to face seventh-ranked Amherst at 8:00 a.m. and Dickinson at 11:30 a.m. at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.