#14 CWRU Men’s Tennis Tops #27 Kalamazoo 7-2

#14 CWRU Men’s Tennis Tops #27 Kalamazoo 7-2

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked 14th in Division III, picked up its sixth win of the season against a nationally-ranked opponent, defeating 27th-ranked Kalamazoo College 7-2 at the Carlton Courts in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday.

The Spartans have now won four-straight matches against ranked Division III teams and five-straight matches against Division III opposition overall, improving to 15-6 in 2019.  The loss dropped Kalamazoo to 5-5 on the year.

CWRU's freshman duo of Aaron Umen and Chaitanya Aduru were dominant at third doubles, giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead with an 8-0 victory over Casey Johnson and Allen Vinson.  Junior Zach Hennessey and sophomore Matthew Chen followed with an 8-1 win at second doubles over Zack Ray and Tytus Metzler to put CWRU ahead 2-0.  Kalamazoo's first doubles duo of Ian Yi and Daniel Henry picked up the first point of the day for the Hornets, winning 8-5 over CWRU junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell, setting the score at 2-1 heading into singles play.

Aduru picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Johnson at sixth singles to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead.  Metzler trimmed the lead back to 3-2 with a win over Kanam at third singles, 6-2, 6-1, but junior Sam Concannon put the Spartans a match away from clinching with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Alex Cadigan at fifth singles.  Powell would go on to clinch the match for the Spartans, securing his 12th-straight singles win with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Vinson at fourth singles.

The Spartans added to the win with a pair of super-set victories at the top of the lineup.  At first singles, Chen came from behind to defeat Yi (ranked third in the region) 0-6, 7—5, 7-3 (ret.), while at second singles, Umen bested Henry (ranked 19th in the region) 6-4, 0-6, 10-8.

Next up on the docket for the Spartans are a pair of key matches next weekend in Chicago, Illinois against a pair of highly-ranked opponents.  Case Western Reserve will face eighth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) at 10:00 a.m. and the top-ranked University of Chicago at 4:30 p.m. at the XS Tennis Center on Saturday, April 13th.