The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team picked up wins in a pair of matches, but ultimately fell short against Cleveland State University, an NCAA Division I program, 5-2 at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday morning.
The loss ends a four-match winning streak for the Spartans, who fell to 14-6 overall on the season. Cleveland State improved to 13-7 with the victory.
The teams used Division I scoring on Saturday, with doubles matches played to six, and the team that wins two of the three matches claiming a point in the team score. Cleveland State would secure the doubles point, with Matthew Terry and Luke Phillips besting junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell 6-1 at first doubles, and Nico Mostardi and Clark Bilinovich defeating freshmen Aaron Umen and Chaitanya Aduru 6-1 at second doubles. The second doubles match was left unfinished, with junior Zach Hennessey and sophomore Matthew Chen trailing Benjamin Slade and William Malm 4-3 when play was stopped.
The Spartans' two singles wins came in the fifth and sixth matches. Powell would claim his 11th-consecutive singles win and improve to a team-best 18-2 overall with a 6-3, 6-3 win in fifth singles over Malm. In the sixth singles match, Aduru claimed a win by default.
However, the Vikings would win the other four singles matches, with Terry topping Chen 6-3, 6-2 at first singles, Phillips defeating Umen 6-3, 6-2 at second singles, Slade besting Kanam 6-3, 6-4 at third singles, and Bilinovich claiming a 6-3, 7-6 win over junior Sam Concannon at fourth singles.
The Spartans will return to Division III competition on Sunday morning, when the Spartans play host to 27th-ranked Kalamazoo College at the Carlton Courts on the CWRU campus at 10:00 a.m.