No 14 Men’s Tennis Claims Two Wins over Ranked Opponents

No 14 Men’s Tennis Claims Two Wins over Ranked Opponents

The 14th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team picked up a pair of victories over ranked opponents in Rochester, New York on Saturday, shutting out the 33rd-ranked University of Rochester 9-0, followed by a 7-2 win over 36th-ranked Hobart College.

The Spartans have now won four-straight matches, three of which have come against nationally-ranked opponents.  CWRU improved to 14-5 overall with its two victories on Saturday.

In the early match against Rochester, the freshmen pairing of Aaron Umen and Chaitanya Aduru claimed the first point of the contest with an 8-2 win over Tanmay Thakkar and Yifan Shen at third doubles.  Junior Zach Hennessey and sophomore Matthew Chen followed with an 8-5 win over Pasquale Procaccino and Sahaj Somani at second doubles, and junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell claimed an 8-5 win at first doubles over Masaru Fujimaki and Runjia Fang at first doubles.

Junior Sam Concannon picked up the first singles victory for the Spartans, defeating Thakkar 6-0, 6-3 at fourth singles, and Umen clinched the match for CWRU with a 6-2, 6-3 win at third singles.  At first singles, Chen defeated Fujimaki 6-2, 2-6, 10-6, and Kanam earned a come-from-behind win at second singles over Fang, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.  Rounding out the sweep, Aduru bested Somani 6-1, 6-0 at fifth singles and Powell topped Mark Zolotukhin 6-2, 6-0 at sixth singles.

Rochester fell to 9-2 with the loss.

CWRU's doubles success continued into the second match of the day, as the Spartans swept through all three matches for the second time on Saturday.  Once again, it was Umen and Aduru registering the opening blow at third doubles, defeating Hobart's Colin Molloy and Jack Ledford 8-3.  Hennessey and Chen followed with an 8-3 win at second doubles over Jonathan Atwater and Thomas Shung, and Kanam and Powell were able to pull out an 8-7 (1) first doubles win over the eighth-ranked pairing in Division III, Alan Dubrovsky and Walker Anderson.

Concannon extended CWRU's lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win at fourth singles over Ledford.  Shortly thereafter, Umen clinched the match with a 6-0, 7-6 (5) win at second singles over Atwater.

At first singles, Chen fell to Dubrovsky 6-1, 7-6 (1), and Anderson claimed a 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Kanam at third singles, making the score 5-2.  However, the Spartans extended their margin of victory with wins in the final two matches, with Aduru claiming a 6-1, 6-4 win over Shung at fifth singles and freshman Max Vicario defeating Malloy 6-3, 6-4 at sixth singles.

Hobart dropped to 6-3 on the year with the loss.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action next weekend, playing at Division I Cleveland State University on Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. and hosting 27th-ranked Kalamazoo College at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 7.